Saturday, January 16, 2010

In Haiti, a recently failed state is setting new standards in just how dysfunctional a government can be in the face of a crisis. Based on HS reports they don't seem to be doing much anything.

Functional states have an institution called army which is supposed to be a master of logistics in hostile terrain. Not in Haiti. They are not getting excavators to collapsed buildings. They are not getting injured people from streets to faraway cities with free hospital beds. Nor can rescue aid squads get transported to needed locations - HS reported that only 6 out of 27 squads had actually reached Haiti.

Fortunately, civil society is stepping in to maintain order - but not by rule of law but by rule of gun for the few minutes it takes to grab the valuables and run.

HS follows a crisis relief squad which carries a few Finns. They expect a few Haitian soldiers to join them in the border to protect against threat of robbing, which has happened to some food convoys. In some other country, those soldiers would be doing crisis relief by themselves.

My father visited Dominican Republic some years ago, and also Haiti for one day. He said that there were security guards with shotguns at every corner of the public enterprises, indicating very low trust and very low rule of law.


Markku said...

Why is Haiti such a failure compared to its eastern neighbour Dominican Republic on the island of Hispaniola? Haiti is 95% black with whites and mulattoes making up only 5% of the population. Dominican republic is 16% white and 11% black with the rest being mulattoes. Source: CIA World Factbook. Dominican Republic probably has a larger smart fraction, that is, a share of the population capable of success at occupational roles fulfilled by roughly the cognitive upper third of a developed nation.

Are differences in cognitive ability between populations genuine or an artefact of inadequate testing methods? And if they are genuine, to what degree are they heritable? I don't think we know this with full certainty at this point, yet, but the answer to both questions looks like "yes" at this point.

Possible human biodiversity with respect to general intelligence is a very powerful case for transhumanism with the benevolent aim of rescuing underperforming populations and individuals from their predicament.

Simo said...

Then no wonder the news sound like something out of subsaharan Africa, when their society consists of similar people.