Sunday, August 30, 2009

The Mystery of Theft

The Mystery of Capital among Amazonian Natives from ILD on Vimeo.

Hey, I know you thought Amerindian poverty had something to do with 500 years of colonial dispossession and genocide but "genius" Peruvian economist Hernando de Soto is going to teach us all September 5th with his new documentary "The Mystery of Capital among Amazonian Natives" that those brown people are poor simply because they have "yet to discover" their inner capitalist (just like us white people!) and need to be liberated from the burden of their oppressive territorial patrimony so its incredible natural wealth can be sold off and pillaged for our -I mean- everyone's benefit.

If only that little amazonian girl knew she was shot through the chest at Bagua for the sake of her bright future under a Petro-Capital Utopia. Silly Indians with their crazy ideas about "respect" for "nature", "culture", and "community". Good thing they found a billionaire Alaska Native (very representative of the most impoverished ethnic group in Alaska and the United States) to tell her fellow brown people about the glories of the White Man's ways.

4 comments:

Bina said...

Say, isn't De Soto the guy who said that people should be allowed to completely commodify their own lives, or words to that effect? That poor squatters should get title to the land they live on, just so they can sell it all out from under themselves to someone who stands to make a lot more money from it than they do, basically? I recall reading something like that and wincing, and I could swear I read it coming from HIM...

Utpal said...

Something like that. He is the Guru of the Vargas Llosas. He is also the guru of Primero Justicia, I think. "El otro sendero", written when the other "sendero" was a lot more powerful.

Utpal said...

I meant to say that De Soto is the author of the book "el otro sender" in that last line, oops!

Bina said...

That's what I thought. Figures that such a scummy view would be coming out of "investment grade" Peru, where NOTHING is beneath those who are tring to steal land out from beneath those on it. De Soto, the Vargas Losers--honestly, is there no end to it? This shit won't sell because nobody's buying, and nobody's buying because they know what it's really gonna cost, and nobody can bloody afford it! But only in Peru, it seems, has that message NOT sunken in.

What a come-down for the land of the Incas.