In the evening of April 3, 2003, TV news showed very sad scenes: poor unemployed people dismantling manually the once luxurious E.F. Araraquara Budd cars at Boa Vista station from the former Companhia Paulista - like ants would attack the carcass of a big dead animal! This photo, shot in the same day by Lalo de Almeida and published in the following day at the Brazilian newpaper Folha de São Paulo, shows a Brazilian drama: should we mourn those legendary cars, one of the last symbols of the Golden Age of the Brazilian railroads, or mourn such people, who are forced to steal in order provide food for their families? This image is a spectacular symbol of Brazil post-globalization: the triumph of savage capitalism over people and tradition.

We got a thousand points of light
For the homeless man
We got a kinder, gentler, machine gun hand
We got department stores
And toilet paper
Got styrofoam boxes for the ozone layer
Got a man of the people
Says keep hope alive
Got fuel to burn
Got roads to drive

Keep on rockin' in the Free World!

These lyrics were extracted from the song Rockin' in the Free World by Neil Young, that is included in the masterpiece album Freedom.

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© Antonio Augusto Gorni