File puptcrit/puptcrit.0811, message 366

Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2008 18:09:53 -0600
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Gift Economy

On Nov 21, 2008, at 1:57 PM, Ed Atkeson wrote:

> 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.

Demonstrates an example of one of the main points that led me to be  
interested in and pay very close attention to what Lewis Hyde wrote.

You refer to the 1981 building of the Bechtel Ok Tedi Mine, the  
largest mine in Papua New Guinea at that time. The mine waste was  
dumped directly in the Ok Tedi River after a dam, built by Bechtel,  
was destroyed in a land slide. And the end of the story you already  

Despite the majority of apparently happy capitalist puppeteers, I do  
recall reading here some commiserating why we USA puppeteer/ 
storytellers were often relegated to the kid's table at the performing  
arts thanksgiving feast.

An Gift interesting review:

As to the Refrigerator biz in a gifty-ier, more human friendly  
economy, not much different from any biz endeavors.

Worker owned manufacturing? Consumer owned cooperative?
Refrigerators you cannot own, only use, so when you are done with it,  
it goes back to the manufacturer for rebuilding/recycling. Same with  
iPods, computers, cars, tools?

Cooperatives usually are cost effective and responsive to their owners.
Here in the heartland of the USA we have Ace Hardware, a cooperative  
that was created in 1924. Ocean Spray has been around for over 75  
years as an agricultural cooperative, owned by cranberry growers and  
grapefruit growers. Consumer owned power utilities cost an average of  
13% less than investor owned. And they can choose how the energy is  

Puppeteers' Cooperative:

- moynihan
Why can't we all(cooperatively) get along?
And what IS so funny about peace, love and understanding?

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