Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Homeless in Manila

Many may claim that capitalism isn’t all that bad, that it’s got some progressive life left in it, that after all it’s attached to democracy & opposed to tyranny. Well take a look at these little guys sleeping under a bridge in Paranaque City, a section of Manila.

Small boys sleeping on the streets, subject to predation, fearing for their lives--& just blocks away from the Solaire Resort & Casino, a new world class, state-owned resort complex which includes a five-star hotel with 500 rooms, a 1,000 seat grand ballroom, seven restaurants, & a casino with 1,200 slot machines.

Of course, don’t be foolish! State-owned doesn’t mean there’s no private profit involved.  Philippine president Benigno Aquino III is a close personal friend & golf partner to Enrique Razon, Jr. an investor in the entertainment complex who stands to make a bundle since the area is declared a “special economic zone,” which means it is exempt from federal laws regarding taxes, labor laws, & other “restrictive laws” to make it globally competitive. That means Benigno & Enrique are partners in crime. At the expense of these small boys. No further comment necessary.

(Photo by Romeo Ranoco/Reuters)

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