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Socialism starts with reappropriating Brazilian land

by Archives March 7, 2007

With socialist movements gathering steam throughout Latin America, Brazil’s Landless Workers’ Movement (Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra, MST) has become a guiding light for reform.

Since the late 1970s the movement has capitalized on a measure in the Brazilian constitution that requires land to serve a social function. The movement’s aim is to expropriate this land for the purpose of agrarian reform.

In Brazil, a mere 3 per cent of the population controls nearly two-thirds of all arable lands. To date, the MST has won land titles for over 350,000 families.

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