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Latin America - A Vast Wasteland

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William Penn

Latin America - A Vast Wasteland

World Bank money means a longer siesta
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Gringo's need to share their wealth, we deserve it . . .

Race has long been the determining factor in Latin America. Reluctance in dealing with this taboo subject does more to harm individuals than unequal conditions. The myth of equality has caused more damage and has hurt specific countries, because society is unwilling to deal with cultural disproportion. Few places on earth have greater disparity in income, status and social advancement as the ‘so called’ New World, south of the border. The United States seems to be a bastion for opportunity in comparison. So what is the cause for this imbalance?

The following table shows the distributions of racial categories by geographical region in Latin America (the rows sum up to 100%)                              

 

White

Black

Indigenous

Mulatto

Mestizo

Asian

Don't Know

Argentina

89%

0%

1%

1%

6%

0%

4%

Brazil

51%

9%

1%

1%

10%

1%

1%

Chile

34%

0%

2%

5%

54%

1%

4%

Colombia

7%

4%

1%

22%

66%

0%

1%

Mexico

10%

0%

1%

3%

77%

0%

9%

Venezuela

30%

9%

1%

38%

19%

0%

3%

Balance of Cen. Amer.

13%

3%

1%

22%

58%

1%

4%

Balance of South Amer.

8%

0%

9%

3%

77%

1%

2%

TOTAL

34%

4%

2%

17%

40%

0%

3%

(source: Los Medios y Mercados de Latinoamérica 1998)

Now compare the population breakdown by income based upon the top 10% called level "A", the next 20% called level "B", the next 30% called level "C" and the bottom 40% called level "D". The next table shows the distribution of  within each racial category (the columns sum up to 100%).

 

White

Black

Indigenous

Mulatto

Mestizo

Asian

Level A

19%

3%

0%

4%

7%

10%

Level B

29%

7%

6%

19%

18%

34%

Level C

29%

26%

19%

29%

30%

35%

Level D

23%

64%

75%

64%

46%

21%

Now review the recommendations from the World Bank for closing this gap.

Build more open political and social institutions, that allow the poor and historically subordinate groups, such as Afro-descendants and indigenous people, to gain a greater share of agency, voice and power in society.

Ensure that economic institutions and policies seek greater equity, through sound macroeconomic management and equitable, efficient crisis resolution institutions, that avoid the large regressive redistributions that occur during crises, and that allow for saving in good times to enhance access by the poor to social safety nets in bad times.

Increase access by the poor to high-quality public services, especially education, health, water and electricity, as well as access to farmland and the rural services the poor need to make it productive. Protect and enforce the property rights of the urban poor.

Reform income transfer programs so that they reach the poorest families, including use of measures that are conditional on keeping children in school and attending health services, so as to improve their lifelong income-earning capacity.

We are supposed to believe that such disparity is a result of a systematic racism?

And their solution is:

1) establish equal access and input into political decisions

2) social redistribution, managed economy and more debt borrowing

3) government programs, land apportion and more bureaucracy

4) tax the wealth of the rich and conditionally apportion it to the poor

So the conclusion is that those mean old European descendants carved out an empire for themselves and continue to exploit the underclass! But repentant Caucasian’s who avow a beneficial global socialism are the good seeds that are determined to make up for past wrongs. And the policies of the World Bank are designed to enforce an imposed equality for the good of society. All is well that ends well . . .

However, unsettling it may be; why not ask if the cultural and genetic predisposition of heritage might lend itself as the crucial factors that influence difference in motivation, values and goals. For those who automatically envision a world where everyone wants to become a success in the interdependent global economy, just may loose sight that not everyone wants a subscription to The Economist.

The historic norm has never approached even a semblance of equality. If genetics has been unable to convey coequality on people, what are the likely prospects that the dependent generosity of the world community can accomplish what nature never intended?

Latin America is a backward revolutionary caldron because it operates as a survival jungle of the fittest. Political regimes can never aspire to reflect democratic participation when the peasants have little desire to educate themselves. Poverty is often a condition from design, imposed by elites. Nevertheless, numerous examples can be cited where individuals are able to lift themselves out of their deprived circumstance. Within the analysis of the predominant  Mulatto/Mestizo composition of Latin America, the explanation that few are willing to confront is evident. The blending of blood, mixed with pidgin cultures and subordinate sophistication in the techniques that produce prosperity are the underlying reasons for the turmoil in the region.

The World Bank is no friend of the poor. It is a prime vehicle of economic servitude that imposes global rule, under the guise of social welfare. Freedom is natural urge, but the ability to understand how it can be achieved is not universally known. It is no accident that Western Civilization has produced the superior model for elevating the dignity of a greater percentage in population than a fusion of inferior cultures. Even at the risk of offending the timid, this judgment is real and true. If it is rejected the alternative is that the elites have proven their capability to be masters, since they got you to accept that racism is the problem. Wake up before all of Latin America moves into your neighborhood.

SARTRE - November 2, 2003

"The Bank apparently lost sight of the reality that the cost of failures, in what were identified from the outset as risky experiments, would be borne by borrower countries and not by the Bank."
Rural Development: World Bank Experience 1965-86

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