Unfortunately, a mind-set encountered not only in many other countries, but to an increasingly alarming degree over here!
...The mining of quartz was not then, nor is it now, an organized activity. The 'garimpeiro' (diamond hunter) would dig or hunt until he found a crystal which he could trade to a local merchant for supplies...
...In an effort to encourage the mining of quartz the purchasing agents in Brazil were authorized to double the price of quartz. However the authors of this strategy had failed to take into account the economic system of the 'garimpeiro' who was not interested in building up a savings account and who only dug or hunted quartz when he needed to replenish his supplies of rice, beans and pinga. Consequently the result of the program was less, not more, quartz and the program was abandoned...
"Where the people fear the government you have tyranny. Where the government fears the people you have liberty."
John Basil Barnhill
"The penalty good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men."