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(en) Nobel Laureate Economist Milton Friedman Gets Pie In the Face At Corporate Conference

From Agit-prop <decker@asis.com>
Date Tue, 13 Oct 1998 00:34:34 +0300 (IDT)

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October 9, 1998
San Francisco-The Biotic Baking Brigade (BBB) struck another blow against
globalization when one of its operatives threw a pie in the face of
neoliberal economist Milton Friedman at a conference he organized on the
privatization of public education. The incident occurred tonight at
approximately 6:30 PM, immediately before former Secretary of State (under
President Reagan) George Schultz was to deliver the keynote address to the
conference titled, "School Choice and Corporate America."

"When it comes to defending the Earth from the scum of the corporate
universe, the pie's the limit!" said Al Decker, 27 year-old pie-thrower and
concerned citizen. He approached Friedman while the Nobel Laureate was
glad-handing a crowd of supporters, said "Mr. Friedman, it's a good day to
pie!" and flopped the tasty coconut creme pie in his face. Decker was
arrested and charged with misdemeanor battery.

Operating their General Headquarters and Ovens deep in the heart of the
Headwaters redwood forest of Northern California, the BBB is a biocentric
collective dedicated to holding people responsible for their crimes through
delicious mischief. Last summer the group pied corporate raider Charles
Hurwitz, CEO of MAXXAM Corporation, who is responsible for liquidating the
Headwaters Forest and defrauding American taxpayers of $1.6 billion during
the 1980's Savings & Loan Scandal. This summer the BBB targetted Earth
First!er Darryl Cherney for behavior unbecoming to a Wobbly and fellow

Also known as Special Agent Apple of the BBB, Decker stated that, "We hold
Milton Friedman responsible for crimes against the people by organizing
this appalling conference, which calls for the privatization of public
education. Friedman serves as the world's pre-eminent neoliberal economist,
supporting globalization and 'free trade' policies which have brought the
world poverty, misery, starvation, and ecological devastation. The global
market has brought the globe to the brink of economic collapse.

"As a young American, what can I look forward to under neoliberal economics
besides a depressing McWorld? This cutthroat economic system has
devastating impacts globally as well as in my own backyard. I have
witnessed the abuse of my fellow activists as they have been arrested,
jailed, beaten, pepper-sprayed and recently killed for trying to defend the
Headwaters Forest from fascist economics.

"With Milton Friedman, Governor Pete Wilson and financial magnate Steve
Forbes all expected at this conference, I thought the three stooges might
enjoy a taste of their own medicine. Besides," Decker said, "Pie-throwing
enjoys an illustrious history in this country... it's as American as apple

The BBB dedicates this action to the Great American Pie Man, Aron Kay:
thanks for the inspiration, mate. This pie's for you.


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