How to Prevent another Haitian Disaster
January 25, 2010 2 Comments
It’s not enough to simply run around making feelgood gestures in a panic-stricken reaction to the earthquake in Haiti.
We need to address why this went as horribly as it did. Sure, a similar earthquake in New York City would kill millions of people, but in almost any other area of the world, whose population density was comparable to Haiti, it would not have been as bad.
A few years ago, Haiti suffered a similarly exaggerated catastrophe because of a hurricane, that caused more death there than it would have anywhere else.
And next time anything goes wrong, at this rate, it will cause a needlessly great level of death and suffering, unless something is done to fix the underlying problem.
Why, exactly, is Haiti so impoverished?
What situation has its major city full of large, but insanely dilapidated buildings?
That’s pretty simple…it’s something we’re moving toward in the US, although we have a long way to go:
Haiti, some time back, was considerably more prosperous and stable.
Then Jean-Bertrand Aristide, self-described Marxist, overthrew its elected Parliament, slaughtered its businessmen, farmers, essentially anyone who brought prosperity to the region, and imposed a reign of socialist terror that made Cuba look like a capitalist Mecca.
It has continued to decline, despite a stream of foreign aid, ever since. Well, OK, foreign aid generally just causes more poverty, but the core problem here is the country’s Marxist government, creating the poverty that causes the aid to appear necessary.
What Haiti needs isn’t simply more handouts, but to end its own self-imposed third world economic situation, where creating prosperity and well-being is outlawed, and punishable by death.