By Steven Stoll, published in Harper's Magazine, April 2010
(available online to subscribers only)
We are pleased to make this remarkable article available to readers, attached in pdf format to this page. It is a sharp insight, beautifully written, into the history of the degradation of Haitian agriculture and economy by the successive colonial and imperialist plunderers of Haiti.
"Capitalists have hated the agrarian household since the seventeenth century, calling its members savages, outliers, slackers and draggers, backward and degenerate, and wasteful of land and labor—at best curiosities, at worst forest- or mountain-dwelling insurgents without political allegiances or ties to centralized authority..."