[Marxism] re: land title and cooperatives in Vzla

rrubinelli rrubinelli at earthlink.net
Sat Aug 6 11:06:07 MDT 2005

Part of the issue, I think, is that Venezuela has not had, and does not
now have, an actual peasantry.  Individual, small, agricultural
proprietors, producing for individual/family use, engaging in exchange
as a secondary, supplementary, activity are pretty well absent from the
history of Venezuelan agricultural production.

What does exist, and has existed, are rural landless or near landless,
exchanging their labor power in agricultural production for payment in
wages, or in goods, as their primary activity, with some maintaining
meager land-holdings that ensure their continued impoverishment, and
subsistence as source of agricultural labor.

Under these circumstances, creating a peasantry, creating small
landowners cannot be successful, and agricultural  production requires
collective organization, ownership, and stewardship.


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