Moroccan Catastrophic Convergence
Publisher: Against the Current
Date Written: 01/03/2018
Year Published: 2018
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX23291
The convergance of injustices in Morocco - climate change, neoliberalism, political suppression - make for a completely untenable situation. This could make people hopeful since it makes radical change the only possibility.
In his book Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence, American author Christian Parenti elaborates on the concept of catastrophic convergence, which has devastated numerous regions worldwide. He means the catastrophic convergence of militarism, neoliberalism and climate change. The stark contradictions and injustice of today's Morocco, as with many countries in the region, reveal interwoven factors.
Morocco's three convergences constitute political despotism (the takeover by the elite around the king of almost all political and economic decisions), economic neoliberalism (neo-colonialism in tandem with privatization and export-oriented development), and the impacts of climate change (especially "extreme events" such as droughts and floods).