[Marxism] Change for the worse in Argentina

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Sep 10 09:46:27 MDT 2009


Néstor Gorojovsky wrote:
> One of the means by which the oligarchy has been defending the extensive
> agrarian system was to highlight the "ecological sense" of a system where
> agriculture was ancillary to husbandry, thus fertilizing the land
> "naturally" between crops by putting cattle in cropland every some years.
> This is absolute nonsense. The system is idiotically unproductive.

But if we ever establish socialism on a global scale, this is exactly 
the way that cattle should be raised. Of course, the amount of land 
devoted to grazing will be reduced drastically but the meat will be a 
lot tastier and healthier.

Interestingly enough, the cattle-rearing techniques in Argentina were 
adopted from the British countryside of the 1700s during the rise of 
capitalism when the agrarian gentry put the broader interests of land 
and water resources over sheer profit. That is why the Brenner thesis is 
so bogus. Profit maximization hardly describes class relations in the 
British countryside in the period he finds so critical to the origins of 
capitalism.




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