[Marxism] There’s Something That’s Ours on Those Streets and We’re Going to Take It Back: The Forty-Third Newsletter (2019).
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Thu Oct 24 18:51:46 MDT 2019
Lebanon’s ruling class, like that of Chile, is encrusted with
corruption, its political leaders collecting rents from government
contracts, its public services saturated with graft. In 2016, the
government established a Ministry for Combatting Corruption, although it
inspires no confidence; a lawsuit was brought against the Minister of
Anti-Corruption for corruption. Lebanon’s ‘austerity budget’ for 2019
cuts public spending but keeps in place a regressive tax system. In
2015, politicians squabbled over who would get the contract for trash
removal as the population walked over the garbage on the streets to say
what they all knew: that corruption is not the exception, but the rule.
‘You stink’, the people said of the political class. It is a phrase that
resonates to this day.
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