I sent this review out when it first appeared in January; and I’m sending it again to help
promote Janine Wedel’s talk about her new book, Shadow Elite, this Monday evening
(3/22), at the McNally Jackson Bookstore here in NYC.
The store is at 52 Prince St., between Lafayette and Mulberry. Prof. Wedel’s talk will
start at 7:00 p.m. (and, as usual, I’ll be there to moderate the discussion).
‘Shadow Elite’: War And The Deadly Privatization Of Public Power
Lawrence B. Wilkerson
Colonel, U.S. Army (Retired)
Posted: January 19, 2010 12:07 PM
One of the principal emphases of Janine Wedel’s excellent new book, “Shadow Elite”, is the privatization of power. In some respects, that’s a strange turn of phrase.
After all, throughout modern history, the forces of capitalism have wielded privatized power–creating people and corporations with a great deal of influence. And today, some of the most massive accretions of power are indisputably private. Think ExxonMobil and the price of a barrel of oil; General Electric and the now irreversible pollution of the Hudson River; or Goldman-Sachs and the recent Wall Street failures and subsequent bailouts.