In the 208th year of free society, we have already seen how Sean Penn slammed the “whole fucking world” for Haiti Fatigue at the Cannes Film Festival.
Just how bad is the situation in Haiti? We’re attacking “the problem of freedom” throughout the entire region. It is like peeling away the layers of an onion to get at the hateful truth.
These excerpts are from Robert and Nancy Heinl’s Written In Blood: The Story of the Haitian People, 1492-1995:
“Haiti is the second free nation of the Western Hemisphere and the world’s first black republic. Yet in 2001 – almost two centuries’ freedom notwithstanding – Haiti remains more underdeveloped than much of Africa from which it emerged. Haiti is not merely the poorest country in the hemisphere but one of the poorest anywhere. In 1994 her annual per capita income amounted to $270. Haiti was also one of the few countries in the latter twentieth century whose gross national product has stagnated or declined more years than it has advanced.”
After 200 years of freedom, Haiti is the most prostrated nation in the Western hemisphere, and one of the most prostrated nations in the entire world. Saint-Domingue was the richest colony in the Caribbean. It was the cutting edge of European agriculture. Now Haiti is less developed than Ghana or Angola.
“In the first half of 1995 Haiti exported $65 million, a figure that, 207 years later, falls far short, when adjusted for inflation, of the $41 million in exports of Saint-Domingue (French colonial Haiti) in 1788. During the same period, its imports amounted to $265 million, or four times its exports. Haiti has to import all petroleum products, machinery, processed goods and the bulk of even the simplest consumer goods. In only four years of the last fifty has Haiti enjoyed a favorable balance of trade.”
After 200 years of freedom, modern Haiti’s exports are substantially less than Saint-Domingue’s in 1791, while its imports are four times as large as its exports. The Haitians are unable to manufacture even the simplest consumer goods for their own consumption.
“Haiti is hungry. Few countries of Africa have less to eat. Haiti is dependent on the outside world for more of its food than any other country in the world but one. The country whose sugar exports financed the building of châteaux in the Loire and town houses in France’s great cities and which, in 1789, produced three-quarters of the world’s sugar, must now import it.”
Under free society, the Haitians lack the capacity to feed themselves, and mass starvation would ensue without foreign charity. In what used to be the sugar capital of the world, the richest colony in the entire world, Haitians now have to import sugar from the United States.
“Few countries have regressed so far or been so misused by man. In 1789 a flourishing Haiti, France’s richest colony, ran its mills and ground its grains by waterpower. In 1995 – an anthropological regression measurable in centuries – the waterwheel and flume were largely forgotten and the Biblical ox and beam prevailed.”
Keep in mind that progressives believe that history is always advancing and that the future will always be better than the past. In Haiti, the blacks after 200 years of free society retrograded to the point where Roman and Medieval waterpower technology was forgotten while Whitey was landing on the moon.
“Not since the eighteenth century (except during the American occupation of 1915-1934 and as a result of a spurt of international aid following Papa Doc Duvalier’s death) has Haiti enjoyed roads worth the name. When the Americans left in 1934, Haiti had 1200 miles of well-constructed all-weather highways. By 1994, the French, then American, then international efforts were yet again decaying. One Duvalierist attributed this to the “fact” that “foreigners don’t know how to build roads for Haiti.”
Those 1,200 miles of “well-constructed roads” were built by the Americans using corvée labor. The French colonial roads were built using slave labor. In both cases, Haitians lacked the capacity to maintain the infrastructure that had been built for them, much less improve upon it.
Note: We have also seen how the Kingston rail station in Jamaica has been out of service since 1992. After 50 years of freedom, the roads and the railways in Jamaica are also rusting and decaying into the earth.