Friday, January 15, 2010

Socialism as a catalyst to death and devastation

We've all been seeing these heart wrenching headlines:
Haiti earthquake death toll 'may be 50,000'
I was curious, so I did a little investigating on the internet.

The 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Haiti is indeed devastating, but why is it so much worse than the quakes in California?
The answer: Socialism

The buildings constructed under socialism are not built to be earthquake proof. This is because there is little wealth under socialism. Leftist policies prevent the creation of wealth and therefore jobs suffer, people suffer and prosperity is limited. This is usually understood, but what seems to escape our common sense view of socialism is that indeed it can lead to this kind of catastrophe.

Here are a few similar quakes in California -- the 1994 quake killed 60 people, the 1989 quake killed 63:

1994-01-17 12:30 United States (Northridge) 34.164 -118.563 19 MW 6.7 L,Lq 60 60 60
1989-10-18 00:04 United States (Loma Prieta) 37.110 -121.764 16 MW 6.9 T,L 62 62 63 62

Both of these were about the same magnitude as the Haiti earthquake. I'm certain there are similar examples in Japan.

Meanwhile, from the the barking moonbats on the left:
That Didn't Take Long: Danny Glover Blames Haiti Earthquake on 'Climate Change' : JWF


The Loma Prieta earthquake, also known as the Quake of '89 and the World Series Earthquake,[4] was a major earthquake that struck the San Francisco Bay Area of California on October 17, 1989, at 5:04 p.m. local time. Caused by a slip along the San Andreas Fault, the temblor lasted 10–15 seconds[1] and measured 6.9 on the moment magnitude scale[5] (surface-wave magnitude 7.1) or 7.0 on the open ended Richter Scale.[1] The quake killed 63[2] people throughout northern California, injured 3,757[3] and left some 3,000-12,000[1][6][7][8] people homeless.

The earthquake occurred during the warm up for the third game of the 1989 World Series, coincidentally featuring both of the Bay Area's Major League Baseball teams, the Oakland Athletics and the San Francisco Giants. Because of game-related sports coverage, this was the first major earthquake in America to have its initial jolt broadcast live on television.[9]
Unrest Stifles Development

The revolution wrecked Haiti's economy. Years of strife between the light-skinned mulattos who dominated the economy and the majority black population, plus disputes with neighboring Santo Domingo, continued to hurt the nation's development. After a succession of dictatorships, a bankrupt Haiti accepted a U.S. customs receivership from 1905 to 1941. Occupation by U.S. Marines from 1915 to 1934 brought stability. Haiti's high population growth made it the most densely populated nation in the Western Hemisphere.

In 1949, after four years of democratic rule by President Dumarsais Estimé, dictatorship returned under Gen. Paul Magloire, who was succeeded by François Duvalier, nicknamed “Papa Doc,” in 1957. Duvalier's secret police, the “Tontons Macoutes,” ensured political stability with brutal efficiency. Upon Duvalier's death in 1971, his son, Jean-Claude, or “Baby Doc,” succeeded as ruler of the poorest nation in the hemisphere. In the early 1980s, Haiti became one of the first countries to face an AIDS epidemic. Fear of the disease caused tourists to stay away, and the tourist industry collapsed, causing rising unemployment. Unrest generated by the economic crisis forced Baby Doc to flee the country in 1986.

Next: Despite Intervention, Haiti's Infrastructure Remains in Tatters


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