In one of the more blatant examples of the power of Capital and the growing insignificance of the State, we turn to Coca Cola and Swaziland. This article speaks for itself more powerfully then much of anything I could say. It is from Swazi Media Commentary.
COCA-COLA ‘SUPPORTS SWAZI DICTATOR’
This helps to prop up a regime that consistently uses torture against dissidents and alleged criminals. In September 2010, Barnabas Dlamini,Swaziland’s illegally-appointed Prime Minister, said he wanted people (especially foreigners) who criticised him and his government to be tortured using foot whipping.
Ginindza told the Swazi Observer, the newspaper in effect owned and editedby King Mswati, they had identified Taiwan, the Middle East, and Europe as some possible targets.
It also means that Coca-Cola can work directly with King Mswati and the King can ensure that the company gets all it wants. It is no secret that the King keeps a slice of the income from Coca-Cola ‘in trust for the nation’, which we all know means, ‘for himself’.
Tara Lohan at foodchange.org reports that Coca-Cola has been in Africa since 1929, but has not reached total domination yet.
So there you have it. King Mswati allows Swaziland to be taken for a ride, for his own personal gain.