Commenting on BKM's sig
Subsistence farming by peasants is not a productive life and certainly cannot support the level of population the world has reached. Most Haitians are subsistence farmers on land that is not suitable to this kind of production at all. According to Carson that is their ideal place, while the cash crop laborers of the right side of the island are horribly oppressed and suffering. In reality, it is the other way around. Haiti is the absolute poorest country in the Americas. Dominicans are much better off. It is foolish to believe that subsistence farming in poor climates can compete against the capital-dense agriculture of supertropical nations.It is a myth that Third World hunger results mainly from primitive farming techniques, or that the solution is a technocratic fix. Hunger results from the fact that land once used to grow staple foods for the people working it is now used to grow cash crops for urban elites or for the export markets, while the former peasant proprietors are without a livelihood. Kevin Carson, Mutualist Blog
Carson is stuck in the 19th century. Land is no longer the source of wealth in this world and hasn't been for over a century. Industries and knowledge are the source of wealth. Expropriating and redistributing land is only going to make poor people even poorer. Eliminating poverty requires encouraging specialization under the division of labor, which means that only the most productive farmers must work in agriculture.
Mutualism, I must conclude, is peasant-glorification and nothing more. A past-time for comfortable western intellectuals.