…We live really in an era of ideology. Neo-liberalism, it’s a myth. The role of state apparatuses, state interventions in economy – they are more and more important. I saw a report on the state of Mali in Central Africa. They produce excellent cotton, and the price, of course, is low. They cannot make or break through – why not? Because United States, in subsidizing their own cotton farmers producing cotton, spends more money for helping their cotton farmers than the entire state budget of Mali.
I read a wonderful interview on CNN, years ago, with Mali’s Finance Minister, who said, “Please, we don’t need any socialist help. Give the market a chance. Don’t unfairly support your farmers, and Mali is saved economically.” And it was incredible, how the United States Ambassador in Mali answered this. She said, “It’s not as simple as that, there is also corruption, Mali, blah, blah, blah.” [The ambassador] was totally bullshitting. But I think that’s the reality of global capitalism. Everyone is violating the rules….