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Militiamen (Brazil): power traders?

Militiamen (Brazil): power traders?

Community-related news (notably in Rio de Janeiro) indicates that militiamen run a number of businesses, including exclusive gas supply and cable TV, electricity and water "theft".

With regard to electricity, the theft is paid - in fact - by consumers - outside these communities - who receive utility bills and honor their commitment.

The militiamen put themselves into practice as energy traders.

Would it be worthwhile to approach the militia to make the activity official? So society would win because - at least theft would have a lower cost than the current. 

And the approach of the Executive Power with the militia should be easy and simple because they have been "living together" for decades!

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Ben Schultz on Dec 16, 2019 8:24 pm GMT

This is an amusing proposition. It kind of reminds me of how people were paying for illegal MP3-downloading software prior to iTunes because there was no legal alternative. I suppose how the energy is sourced is important (much like how the MP3s were being sourced). Selling music whereby the original artists and labels don't get a kickback is no good; similarly, the supply chain needs to be fair and ethical to be a viable long-term solution.

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Dr. Amal Khashab on Dec 16, 2019 10:33 pm GMT

Is it possible ? Policeman shares his authority with a theif ? You will not find a state withen one year.


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Rafael Herzberg on Dec 17, 2019 11:26 am GMT

Ben and Amal, it has become pretty difficult for someone in Brazil to distinguish what's official theft and what's a negotiated pact with thieves. A list of  major guys involving the three powers (Executive,Legislative and Judiciary) have been included as thieves stealing hundreds of USD Million each from the Brazilian people. In the electrc power sector for decades the official thieves have commanded  the Ministry of Mines and Energy and the huge generating and distributing companies. The Lava Jato investigations showed. The militia men are only able to operate wide in the open because there is an "arrangement" with the  officials. Very difficult situation because "they" profit and do not have any good reason to change.           

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Bob Meinetz on Dec 17, 2019 6:20 pm GMT

Rafael, you might be amazed. In California we have the same thieves, although they don't have an arrangement with the officials. They are the officials.

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Rafael Herzberg on Dec 18, 2019 9:13 am GMT

Bob California should then °teach° their Braziian counterparts ' so much to learn! 

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