domingo, 14 de outubro de 2012

Arundhati Roy Discussing Funding, Capitalism and NGOs


In this speech excerpt, Arundhati Roy describes the intersection between foundation and corporate funding, capitalism and the Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs).

The following text is an excerpt from "Capitalism: A Ghost Story | Rockefeller to Mandela, Vedanta to Anna Hazare.... How long can the cardinals of corporate gospel buy up our protests?" by Arundhati Roy. Published March 26th, 2012:

"Mischievously, when the government or sections of the Corporate Press want to run a smear campaign against a genuine people's movement, like the Narmada Bachao Andolan, or the protest against the Koodankulam nuclear reactor, they accuse these movements of being NGOs receiving "foreign funding". They know very well that the mandate of most NGOs, in particular the well-funded ones, is to further the project of corporate globalisation, not thwart it.

Armed with their billions, these NGOs have waded into the world, turning potential revolutionaries into salaried activists, funding artists, intellectuals and filmmakers, gently luring them away from radical confrontation, ushering them in the direction of multi-culturalism, gender, community development—the discourse couched in the language of identity politics and human rights. ..."

Read the brilliant excerpt in it's entirety :