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slavery: a capitalist parable

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  • Robert Sterling
    Please send as far and wide as possible. Thanks, Robert Sterling Editor, The Konformist http://www.konformist.com
    Message 1 of 1 , May 10, 2001
      Please send as far and wide as possible.

      Thanks,

      Robert Sterling
      Editor, The Konformist
      http://www.konformist.com


      http://www.disinfo.com/pages/article/id1189/pg1/

      slavery: a capitalist parable
      by Mickey Z (mzx2@...) - May 09, 2001

      Editor's Note: Mickey Z (Michael Zezima) is the author of Saving
      Private Power: The Hidden History of "The Good War" (Soft Skull
      Press, 2000). He also contributed a chapter called "Saving Private
      Power" to You Are Being Lied To (New York: Disinfo Books, 2001),
      edited by Russ Kick.

      In the most remote regions of Brazil, slave labor is employed to cut
      down grand swaths of the precious rain forest to make room to grow
      eucalyptus which is then burned by male slaves (who exploit the body,
      mind, and spirit of female slaves forced into prostitution) to make
      charcoal for the steel mills of Brazil where the poorest of the poor
      toil for wages that do not sustain them so that steel can be shipped
      to a General Motors plant in Mexico (GM is now the largest employer
      south of the US border) where the poorest of the poor endure
      maquiladora conditions so these automobile parts can then be shipped
      to a GM plant in the US (roughly 50 percent of what is termed "trade"
      consists of business transactions between branches of the same
      transnational corporation) where even the poorest of the poor proudly
      take on imposing debt to possess a car "Made in the USA" so they can
      clog the highways that were paved over inestimable eco-systems,
      filling the air with noxious pollution as they make their way to the
      drive-through window of and anti-union fast food restaurant that
      purchased the beef of slaughtered cattle that once grazed on land
      cleared by male slaves who exploit the body, mind, and spirit of
      female slaves in the most remote regions of Brazil.


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