I feel for the people in Haiti, but can you answer me this?
Topic: Problem solving tools in quality
June 26, 2019 / By Assur Question:
It is a huge tragedy, obviously. They have said on the new that it is a very poor community and is very densely populated. More than likey the huge casualty rate is because there is so many people in such a small area. Why if they are poor are there so many people? I feel for them, I really do.
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Verity | 6 days ago
To answer your question I think there is alot that goes into this equation. The earthquake is simply an unfortunate opportunity to point out what the most of us would have otherwise ignored anyway...
First of all you are correct that overpopulation is a problem, especially in the 3rd world. Port au Prince was designed for a couple of hundred thousand people at the most...there is nearly 2 million. The fact that 60% of buildings were unsafe under normal circumstances, that there is no Govt (let alone a govt code for building), and the city is expanding alongside and on mountains along a serious fault line is a recipe for the disaster currently unfolding.
The question of why poor people are so poor, and why they have so many children is not new. The circumstances are different though pending where you go. Here are some of the problems, not in any particular order, that in my opinion makes Haiti what it is...
1) Historically, it has been tumultuous from its inception. The main problem has and continues to be exploitation. After the natives were annihalated in the Columbus days, the importation of African slaves began in earnest to produce Sugar during the colonial times. Before the slave rebellion that gave it its independence, there was already an elite forming. From independence to the beginning of US involvement at the turn of the 20th century, European elites made a killing by loaning capital or managing the exports. In this way they created a very small elite of local Haitians, enablers if you will, that were for all intensive purposes getting rich of the exploitation of their peoples labor. By 1913 when the US got involved to 'protect' American corporations already working there, the institutions of exploitation were well oiled and running.
2) On the same note, the US as usual, expanded on what was already a lob-sided economic situation. The US sugar industry was very much in control of the DR nextdoor as a banana republic. When labor problems ensued in DR, the US, which was already in control of Haiti, decided to use Haitian labor to work the fields. This quasi slavery status enabled low costs for corporations and low wages for Haitians. All the while politically, we were playing factions against each other, buying off adversaries, and engaging in business as usual for the sake of profit. In the 80's we destroyed Haitian agriculture at the behest of 'free trade' corporations as we subsidized our own farmers and then dumped it on the Haitan market. Even though this would seem like a good way of getting cheap food for the locals, it also killed an economy built on agriculture!
3) Linked to this is the UN and the World Bank who do the same through out the 3rd world. It essentially creates welfare countries that are entirely dependent on the UN aparatus. Instead of enabling them to manage their own closed market with subsidies for basic modernities they need to improve quality of life, the UN promotes free trade and grants loans that they know very well the Govt will never be able to repay. This type of economy ends up creating an incredibly small elite upper class while leaving the masses in destitution.
4) Though this may seem inapropriate, I do think that the religious or superstitious nature of many of the poor in these places also ends up hurting rather than helping. Haiti is devoutly religious and many aid groups come in form of missionaries. Though they do promote literacy and many other good educational tools, it surely is not a good way to regulate population growth. It also does nothing for solving the exploitation and economic problems that cause them to be poor in the first place.
This is not well explained given the type of forum but poverty can be a great business for those who work with it. Sad and cynical perhaps, but true. If you look at some of the poorest nations on earth you will find some aspects of these former issues there.
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