File puptcrit/puptcrit.0811, message 365

Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2008 14:57:56 -0500
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Gift Economy

SB >>> I won't comment on the gift economy, enthough I would like to.
I won't either, I haven't read the book yet... I will say that as  
economic cultures go, maybe a gift economy isn't compatible with a  
refrigerator factory, but we should be able to be a bit fairer to  
everyone than we are now.

apropos to datastan/storyland:

I once read a book that told the story of an island in the Pacific  
occupied by people, primitives, who were living happily, oblivious to  
their poverty.

The book was a cheap university press book that came out of someone's  
sociology fieldwork.

Anyway, nickel was discovered on the island and a company like  
Bechtel was brought in to develop an enormous nickel mine and the  
locals were hired to do mining, etc., and they got paid and stores  
were set up so that they could buy clothes and bikes and  
refrigerators and coca-cola and and and.

This went on for many years but after a while the nickel ran out and  
the mining company left the island. The indigenous island culture was  
destroyed, and the new status hierarchy of money and goods was gone  
now too. Sad story.

The thing that stuck in my head was the author said that before the  
mine came the most talented storyteller was the most important person  
on the island.


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