The ‘cops guarding trash’ stage of capitalism

It’s here.

(A. J. T. Johnsingh / CC-BY-SA 3.0)

When I was in college, I saw a picture in a textbook of small children picking through a gigantic trash dump in Brazil. Known as catadores, these kids scour the garbage looking for food, recyclables and items to sell. According to the caption, the owners of the landfill hired armed private guards, who would sometimes shoot the children — the trash had monetary value…

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Journalist and activist. Founder and co-chair of DivestSPD. Bylines at SPLC, The Baffler, GEN, USA Today. Follow on Twitter: @justwardoctrine, @DivestSPD

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Journalist and activist. Founder and co-chair of DivestSPD. Bylines at SPLC, The Baffler, GEN, USA Today. Follow on Twitter: @justwardoctrine, @DivestSPD

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