Greg Palast’s Book: Vultures’ Picnic: In Pursuit of Petroleum Pigs, Power Pirates and High-Finance Carnivore


Such emotional and simplistic exclamations may soothe the confused minds and helpless predicament of the materially fattened Western world, which has been gradually realizing that industrialization involves environmental assault with implications for our survival, and good old capitalism can degenerate into obscene and callous greed leading to national suicide. 

However, such self-righteous book titles are purely hypocritical when uttered by the beneficiaries of these very forces which have given them so many creature comforts, health benefits, and ease of venting their views, and looking for getting into the NY Times best-seller list in order to bag royalties. 

Authors of such treatises  conveniently ignore or carelessly forget that the entire technological civilization of the past hundred years and more rests on the commitment of the petroleum pigs, power pirates and high-finance carnivores. They themselves have been unwittingly contributing to the sustenance and growth of industrial economies.

It is a shame it has all come to this, but this book would be more honestly grounded if it had been authored by a chieftain in an Amazon tribe, thriving on the hunter’s prey and clothed, if at all,  by animal skin, and utterly   uncorrupted by the fruits and  poisons of industrial civilization.

Having said that I still applaud the exposure of the venemous ingredients in modern societies which have brought us to the brink.

November 20, 2011


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About Varadaraja V. Raman

Physicist, philosopher, explorer of ideas, bridge-builder, devotee of Modern Science and Enlightenment, respecter of whatever is good and noble in religious traditions as well as in secular humanism,versifier and humorist, public speaker, dreamer of inter-cultural,international,inter-religious peace.
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