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Rentier ConsciousnessJanuary 13, 2011 In Venezuela, an oil rentier nation, the revolution has many very unique characteristics. Here, exploitation acquires more a quality of plunder than the appropriation of others' labour. That is, the bourgeoisie, the privileged class, arises and sustains itself by thriving on oil income, more than it does by sucking workers' blood. So the dispute is more about oil income than liberation from the exploitation of work.