- May 19, 2007
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Why is every country south of Texas so screwed up? Latin America was colonized by Europeans, same as Canada and USA, yet it seems every nation in LATAM has struggles with corruption, political instability, crime, income disparity and economic crisis far worse than even in the USA, let alone Canada.
For Hispanic countries, entrenched systems of patriarchal patronage left over from the Spanish era that leads to father-knows-best leadership and sprawling systems of patronage/welfare/bribery; economic systems that are still over-reliant on extraction; and huge historic economic disparities that result in a winner-takes-all ideological battle between modern socialist and conservative forces?
It’s a strange and unfortunate fate as some countries (like Argentina) were as wealthy, if not more so than Canada and Australia at the turn of the last century.