What’s happening in Haiti is very sad. But the images coming from there are utterly predictable. The outpouring of global charity at most is treating the symptoms; the causes remain, and this mass death will be repeated elsewhere in similar countries for similar reasons. Let’s face it: Haiti’s chief problem is that it’s filled with Hatians. The mass death toll from this event is a consequence chiefly of that fact. Its government, economy, construction practices, and every single aspect of society is hellish, not so different from what prevails in Somalia or Afghanistan, and it’s been that way pretty much forever. If Haiti were filled with Swiss or Americans, very few people would have died. But whenever a big disaster hits the Third World it’s followed by mass extermination. By contrast, the 7.1 earthquake in San Francisco in 1989 killed about 60 people. These facts are not coincidences. When these horrible things happen, I tend to think: one more super unlucky consequence of living in the Third World, none of which will be changing any time soon, because the foundation of those societies, their people, are not changing any time soon.
In addition to understandable sympathy and charity in the short term, is the question of what to do with our own little corner of the globe. If the Third World is the way it is not because of a lack of resources, but rather its people, as well as institutions that reflect the values, prejudices, and shortcomings of such people, why do we want millions and millions of such people to come to our country, which is run very differently and does not have Third World problems, until fairly recently? This is a purposeful policy choice by our leaders who are either short-sighted or devilish themselves.