“Is Vice President Kamala Harris playing with fire? If she is correct that global warming is driving emigration (“Kamala’s Theory of Everything,” Review & Outlook, April 14), and not fear of persecution or torture, then none of the emigres will be eligible for asylum.”
There is no question the exodus is driven mainly by a lack of economic opportunity. But the idea that the U.S. can build a modern economy on the foundation of endemic corruption is nonsense. For 60 years wealthy countries have spent trillions of dollars trying to do so. The record of failure in this undertaking reflects self-delusion of historic proportions.
The Marshall Plan financed the rebuilding of modern industrial economies, not building something new from scratch. Those countries had a legal foundation on which to build an economy. In Asia the “miracle” was based on the introduction of modern laws and regulations governing the economies that over decades produced steady growth. The West’s gift to Japan, Korea and Taiwan and others was not money, it was the rule of law.
Transparency International ranks the 180 or so countries according to the “perception” of corruption based on a number of measures. El Salvador is ranked 104th, Guatemala is 149th and Honduras is 157th, the same as Zimbabwe.”
Comment: Fun for the feeble minded, feeble minded who think that history and culture are “just history.” As I have written before I participated in the great kick-off to the 60 year effort mentioned above. That was the “Alliance for Progress” in the Kennedy and Johnson eras. It was a total bust because the elites in these places did not want the structure of society to change. They were on top and they wanted to stay there. They also wanted to steal as much of the money hat we were giving them as possible. We let them steal a lot in the silliness of accepting the “dignity” of their national sovereignty. Nothing has changed since then.
And, now, this empty headed silly creature, is evidently persuaded by a lot of academic fools that she can jawbone the tough, mean pols in Central America that they should change their thieving ways, and become hardwood tree farmers! Incredible.
Some anti-colonial ideologue fool will probably object to my description of the s——e countries of Central America. Tant pis pour lui. pl