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Latin America Is Collapsing & Taking America With It
Latin America is Collapsing and Taking America With It
There are plenty of right-wing parties south of the border. Political stability requires respect for civic institutions and a secure middle class. America used to have those. Latin America never did.
Venezuela’s spectacular collapse may be dominating the news cycle now, but a Latin American country usually implodes in a spectacular fashion every few years. Political instability, sharp swings from the far left to the far right, from Marxist terrorists to military warlords, are not a temporary aberration. They’re an enduring feature of political life that are as much a part of Latin America as the Declaration, the Constitution is a part of the United States of America.
Political and civic institutions in Latin America are sources of instability. The crime lords, cartels and gangs offer security and economic opportunity for those nearer to the bottom. America is not going to Americanize the countries south of the border. Instead America is being remade along a more Latin American model with radical politics, gang violence and a loss of civic confidence.
A century later the same Mexican workers that helped build California agriculture, decimated it by voting in Democrats whose environmental policies starved farms of water and strangled them with countless regulations. The workers have moved on to water-hungry cities where they don’t pick fruit, they provide services to a wealthy population of professionals. Demographic change is not going to eliminate Republicans. There are plenty of right-wing parties south of the border. Mass migration breaks down social cohesion. Constant mass migration deprives us of the time, space and control.
The collapse of social cohesion wrecks the middle class leading to political radicalism and gang power. Political instability and social instability form a violent cycle which drive each other. The migrants heading north carry their radical politics with them. And the organized criminals who accompany them set up shop and quickly transform political instability into social instability. That is what is tearing apart America. Mexico began the great tradition of dumping its social problems in America over a century ago. These days it’s become an extremely profitable endeavor with billions in remittances pouring back in. Latin American countries export unskilled labor and gang members, and get back billions of dollars.
Honduras and El Salvador don’t care if Trump cuts off its foreign aid. Not when remittances make up a fifth of their GDPs. The more of their citizens they get across the border and onto our social services, the more money their countries have. It’s not just the migrants who are exploiting the United States to avoid the social collapse of their countries. Latin American countries are exploiting America wholesale.Latin America is collapsing. But, like the Leaning Tower of Pisa, it’s always collapsing. Its people have learned to live like that. If we don’t secure our borders, we’ll have to learn to live that way too. Read more ...
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