Political Perspectives on 02/06/13
Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with journalist Arun Gupta about his article in In These Times magazine called, "Disaster Capitalism Hits New York." inthesetimes.com/article/14430/disaster_capitalism_hits_new_york
Gupta reports on the various proposals to safeguard New York City from future superstorms like Hurricane Sandy. In the wake of the storm, New York is now planning massive barriers and seawalls around the city, which could cost another $25 billion to construct. And yet, Gupta reports, planners freely admit that they have not taken into account the needs of low-income residents, thousands of whom would likely be displaced.
Arun Gupta is co-founder of the Occupied Wall Street Journal and a founding editor of the award-winning grassroots NYC newspaper The Indypendent. A regular contributor to Salon and Alternet, he is writing a book on the decline of the American empire for Haymarket Books.