[Marxism] Human cost of Brazil's biofuels boom

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Jun 16 08:29:08 MDT 2008

Walter Lippmann wrote:
> Seriously, folks, this is another example of the national
> question, writ large: when countries control their natural
> resources, they can build their economies and reduce their
> dependencies on foreign suppliers.

Is there evidence that Venezuelan oil workers are super-exploited in the 
fashion that Brazilian sugar cane workers are?

"In its annual report, Amnesty International last month highlighted the
plight of Brazil's biofuel workers, more than 1,000 of whom were rescued
in June 2007 after allegedly being held in slave-like conditions at a
plantation owned by a major ethanol producer, Pagrisa, in the Amazonian
state of Para."

There is a class question in addition to a national question, as Walter 
once knew in a previous lifetime.

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