Depardieu and the New Capitalism

In an opinion editorial in The New York Times Vadim Nikitin, a freelance journalist and blogger, gives his analysis of French actor Gerard Depardieu’s decision to accept Russian citizenship. In Russia, Depardieu will benefit from the double standards the country affords members of the pro-government elite and other perks of dealing with a democratically unaccountable system. Such ability to opt in or out at will is a defining feature of neoliberalism, as is the persistent race to the bottom in terms of the prices countries and people are willing to charge to attract investment. Democracy and human rights are not cheap: so it is not surprising that countries like Russia and China enjoy an advantage over their Western competitors.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013