Friday, March 19, 2010

Toward a Second Haitian Revolution

Steven Stoll, associate proefssor of history at Fordham University, has an editorial in the April issue of Harper's Magazine:

Summary:  Haiti was the most productive plantation colony in the hemisphere.  Neoliberal reforms set into motion the collapse of the agrarian system that provided little economic growth but previously supported most people's immediate needs.  "Rethinking our assumptions about development, and allowing subsistence cultures to produce for exchange on their own terms, would give Haiti a chance to recover the best part of its history and to stun the world again with the genius of its freedom."

Read it.  It's good food for thought.

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