What happened when favorable concessions were not granted?
Long tradition of coups, bribery, and intimidation.
Honduran government fails to award United Fruit tax and duty free status, sponsors coup in 1903.
After 1954 land and labor law reforms in Guatemala, United Fruit lobbies US govt to intervene. US-sponsored coup of elected government sparks civil war that lasts until the 1990s and leaves over 200,000 dead.
United Fruit pays for supplies and lends CIA ships for use in botched 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba.
Massive bribery campaign becomes public in 1975, United Fruit CEO commits suicide.
‘Dependency theory’ proposes that the rich states require poor states to extract resources. They will engage in a wide range of practices—from disregarding the environment to resorting to physical violence—in order to maintain the status-quo.
Zero-sum logic means it is in the banana industry’s interest to maintain poverty of workers to minimize costs.
‘Neutral’ or ‘not political’?
Everything one does is in a social context and has political implications—even buying something from the grocery store.