Dear Prof. Wolff:

I live in Brasil. We are facing a huge recession since 2015 and a coup since 2016. There is a plastic artifacts factory in the State of São Paulo, named Flasko, that was occupied by the workers when it got into bankruptcy 12 years ago. This factory was recovered by them and the eletricity bill worth on 1,5 mi. Reais ( almost US $ 500.000) was payed by them. But as the economic situation is very bad they accumulated more debt. In the region much bigger companies are also in debt with the eletricity company, but the only one that had an eletricity cut was Flasko. So they can't work any more. I want to help them and don't know what to do. Do you have any idea? I thought of a loan or a croudfunding to raise the money, but I don't know what to do.I even know people that are being threatned when trying to help. How can they get help?

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  • Pancho Villa
    commented 2017-04-28 23:45:04 -0400
    Wow. That is disgusting! To me that screams corruption. While I don’t know much about the Brazilian electric company this seems to be a monopoly and would constitute an anti-trust violation operating with a political agenda. What is a worker co-op to do in the face of blatant capitalist oligarchs with their thumbs on the scales of justice? @RWOLFF Do you believe there are adequate means to jumpstart any real economic democracy when there is such entrenched kleptocratic corruption?
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  • Gisela Nascimento
    published this page in Ask Prof. Wolff 2017-04-23 11:06:02 -0400