Time for Independence

Actually I agree for once with one of Trump’s tweets:

“We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever.”

Puerto Rican politicians are outraged, waiting for further assistance and relief from Washington.

But history shows that the capacity to recover and rebuild is best achieved locally – and not with aid from afar. This was the case in Japan, for example, in 2011, and elsewhere.

I’ve edited three or four papers on disaster relief, the last one being from Hong Kong, and about that city’s capacity. They get it. This has to be local.

Unfortunately, Puerto Rico’s economic, political and cultural infrastructure has become, well, incapacitated not so much by the hurricane but by colonialism and the mentality it creates.

If Puerto Rico were an independent country, it could issue its own currency, and liberate itself from the parasitical debt system that currently haunts it.


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