I wrote a poem today…

January 29th, 2008
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My last post got me thinking about a lot of things and I started thinking about how many activist sites I had seen run by various students and yuppy-types who seemed to have zero understanding of the world and have a naive idealism that results in ideas for policies which are either useless or destructive. It inspired me to put pen to paper, or rather, fingers to keyboard in an attempt to capture my thoughts on them. I’m not normally a poet kind of guy, but here goes…
They said don’t buy the coffee.
Grown by Colombian poor.
The companies exploit them.
So we don’t buy it anymore.
And the coffee had no buyers.
Thanks to our great campaign.
The farmers don’t grow coffee.
Instead, they grow cocaine.

Yeah I know… I’m not very poetic but it mostly rhymes

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6 Responses to “I wrote a poem today…”

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    NVGurl1979 Says:

    Or the farmers could grow food to feed their families which is a lot more important. I’m glad to see you’re a racist too and think a columbian person is going to grow cocaine! You should listen to yourself!

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    Dave G Says:

    No that is not racist. It has some dry irony to it but the point is valid. The people felt that the coffee was exploiting the coffee farmers and decided that the way to fix it was to stop buying the coffee. This was a simplistic answer that did not take into account the real world implications. They stopped and so the farmers turned to another option to feed their families and make money. That is not racist. It’s an example of naive planning causing unintended consequences.

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    Finrod Says:

    It’s a good start, but you need a few more verses and a snappy chorus to make a proper folk song.


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    Michael Ejercito Says:

    Or the farmers could grow food to feed their families which is a lot more important.

    Of course, this begs the question why people would use the scarce resources of land and labor to grow coffee instead of food.

    Perhaps they perceive that by growing coffee, they can sell the coffee, buy the same amount of food that they could have grown, and have money left over. Of course, this perception could be entirely incorrect; it is their choice. If you know better than they do, feel free to write to them.

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    drbuzz0 Says:

            NVGurl1979 said:

    Or the farmers could grow food to feed their families which is a lot more important.

    They could grow food. But perhaps growing food on their land would not be sufficient to feed their families. Or it might be better to grow something they can sell and make money to buy food. That way they would not be limited to what they could grow. They could buy meat and fish and grains. They also could buy clothing and other necessities.

    There may not be very many staple crops that grow well in the area or it may be that they are not reliable. Or they may have a short growing season which would mean they would be out of food the rest of the time unless they could preserve it, which they may or may not be able to.

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