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Posted 26 February 2018 - 01:20 PM

This book reads like an alien invasion!

Darkness in El Dorado

In the economics of exoticism, the more remote and more isolated a tribal group is, the greater its market value. As the last intact aboriginal group, the Yanomami were in a class by themselves, poster people whose naked, photogenic appeal was matched by their unique genetic inheritance. Their blood was as coveted by scientists as their image was by photographers. Technically, the Yanomami were defined as a virgin soil population, and there was a trace of feudal privilege in the way the visitations were doled out: ABC's Prime Time got one village, Newsweek another, and so it went. The New York Times got two villages, but had to share one of them with the Associated Press.

http://www.nytimes.c...ney-dorado.html

 

Is this a good example of what neoliberalism can do to a 'primitive' society?


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Posted 26 February 2018 - 03:41 PM

Is this a good example of what neoliberalism can do to a 'primitive' society?

 

Neoliberalism?

 

That's a good one. Names over names to rename something old and make it look new.

 

You could say the scientists introduced goods into their society. Resulting in their desire to acquire more. Leading them to fight amongst their own tribal groupings for the 'monopoly' on what the outside world has to offer.

Not only that, just by walking into the jungle the 'scientists' introduced disease into their culture. They began to blame other tribes for casting 'black magic' spells to explain the massive death rate. Of course, a few smart ones figured it was the new 'elements' in their environment.


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Posted 26 February 2018 - 04:15 PM

IDK what neolib really is. But, this book does seem like an instruction manual describing how an outside source can introduce new ideas into a society. Turning the inside of it around by pitting village against village for the stupidest reasons imaginable. If this is what a neolib social scientist does then it's used only for destruction. Look at the result. The indigenous society is gone, their resources are sucked dry, and a new order was put in its place. Nice work!
 


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Posted 27 February 2018 - 08:33 PM

IDK what neolib really is. But, this book does seem like an instruction manual describing how an outside source can introduce new ideas into a society. Turning the inside of it around by pitting village against village for the stupidest reasons imaginable. If this is what a neolib social scientist does then it's used only for destruction. Look at the result. The indigenous society is gone, their resources are sucked dry, and a new order was put in its place. Nice work!
 

 

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