I've read an interesting extract from Naomi Klein's new book, The Shock Doctrine. Her thesis is that the current brand of neoliberal / globalized capitalism thrives not so much on freedom but on disasters which create a "clean slate" and often suspend democratic process and human rights, giving the swift commercial operator a unique chance to move in.
Click Shock Doctrine for extracts, an interview with the author, and more.
PS: In other news, while I was looking for the shock doctrine page, I found the Guardian headline: "Buying sex could become a crime"
I couldn't help thinking that this would make a large number of marriages illegal ...