By John Berger
Why does the Western global glance to migrant workers to accomplish the main menial projects? What compels humans to depart their houses and settle for this humiliating scenario? In A 7th Man, John Berger and Jean Mohr come to grips with what it's to be a migrant worker—the fabric conditions and the internal experience—and, in doing so, exhibit how the migrant isn't really rather a lot at the margins of recent lifestyles, yet completely principal to it. First released in 1975, this finely wrought exploration is still as pressing as ever, providing a method of residing that pervades the international locations of the West and but is excluded from a lot of its tradition.
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The migrants crossed in groups of a hundred or so. Mostly they travelled by night. Bidden in lorries. And on foot. After nine days he reached Paris. He had the address of a Portuguese friend, but he knew no directions. To find the address he must take a taxi. Before letting him open the door, the taxi 49 driver asked to see his money. A policeman was standing near by. Both policeman and taxi driver agreed that to go to the shanty town of Saint-Denis the passenger must pay double. He did not ask why.
Writing in 1848, he overestimated the capacity of urban rationality, and judged the village by the standards of the city. The driver shouts something to the woman serving coffee in the buffet, sounds his klaxon, and the bus moves casually out on to the road, whose surface will slowly improve. At some moment on the way to the capital of his own country he will pass without realizing it the last of some species of animal or bird that he will not see for months: the last stork, the last mule, the last black pig.
The belief is far - in every sense - from the truth. Nature has to be bribed to yield enough. Peasants everywhere know this. Rural poverty means that there is nothing to bribe with. It is not a question of working harder. The further working of the land is withdrawn as a possibility. 28 According to the capitalist ethic, poverty is a state from which an individual or a society is delivered by enterprise. Enterprise is judged by the criterion of Productivity as a value in itself. Hence underdevelopment as a condition of locked, inescapable poverty is inconceivable to capitalism.