A Close Look at Haitian Poverty
This piece by Jared Diamond provides a fantastic amount of insight into why Haiti is so much poorer than even other poor Caribbean nations, including its neighbor the Dominican Republic. I think it pretty much destroys any notion that Haiti’s problems are solely or even primarily due to cultural factors or to its early liberation from colonialism or, for that matter, even due to dependency theory. Short answer: it’s a combination of geographical factors that make it significantly less arable than its neighbor, the D.R., and the pattern of French colonization. Even if you don’t find it persuasive, it’s still an informative piece. Via Eric Martin at ObWi.