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Working with clone of the Indian shaman as Wild guy, Taussig unearths now not the magic of the shaman yet that of the politicizing fictions developing the impact of the real.

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Yet in t he language of t he Caqueta t his propriet y isn't really saw. There t hi there tal ok of the promoting of Indians or, if conversing of w hite employees , of the promoting of peons . a s i f t hi there have been slaves. 4o To his perple xity was once additional horror, he acknowledged, while he heard t hat t he supervisor of the Guepi rubber organization had long past downriver to t he Caraparana t o promote his peons, and younger pal of his , w ho had long gone to Iquitos as an worker of a rubber enterprise , were offered by means of t his enterprise to a different. " It was once neither the peons nor my good friend t hat have been offered , yet t he price in their money owed; it really is unhappy how t good day therefore err in t he Caqueta and in t his deplorable demeanour deform strong speech . "41 used to be it probably the ancient get together for a brand new language, one other mani­ festation of Amazonian multilingualism yet this time created through t he trans­ posi tion of nonmarket ideas of economics into the discourse of collectors and borrowers in the capitalist process of signifying? It was once with savage irony th at Karl Marx derided the language of the capitalist industry , the place price and the new release of revenue have been encased not just within the shrine of the unfastened wage-labor agreement with capital, but in addition within the discourse of " commodity fetishism," a discourse that , because it tired lifestyles 70 bankruptcy 3 from humans, engaged within the construction and alternate of commodities, so it endowed these commodities with a non secular existence strength, mystifying, if now not dominating their creators. It was once a diabolically mischievous language, within which signifiers turned signifieds. within the debt-peonage syste m, as befits a procedure equipped round the fiction of investors and never commodities, it's the debt and never the commodity that's fetishized-so that during solution to the query , What makes a guy a guy ? , the reply l ying closest at hand is his debt. And if one as ks, what's a debt? in a scenario during which items referred to as advances or perhaps presents are pressured onto u nwilling recipients, the answer's a guy, or, failing that, an Indian or a peon . As commodity feti shism was once to the discourse of the political economists of Marx's England and France and to the folklore of capitalism there within the heartlands of empire s , so we'd say " debt fetishism" used to be to the discourse of the colonizers and the colonized of the Putumayo rubber growth. The deformation of excellent speech is extra glaring in Casement's record, the place the phrases "payment" and "advance" now not quite a bit lose as compromise their propriety, in order that " funds" are referred to as "advances," and the Indians had no choice yet to simply accept a " payment," which means an "advance. " funds for rubber weren't made at a ' p uesta' yet purely on final touch of a 'fabrico' [usually each t hree or 4 months] and those funds have been termed advances, i . e . , advances for the subsequent 'fabrico. ' the primary here's that the Indian having authorized an increase needs to paintings it off. he's a ' debtor' ; at the Putumayo a mandatory debtor, for he coul d no longer dodge the subsequent 'fabrico' by way of rejecting the development.

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