The question that nobody even tries to ask, let alone answer, is, why is Latin America such a mess? Why is it such a terrible, ridiculous mess no matter what else happens?
Look at Mexico. It obviously had things gigantically better than we did in Ukraine throughout the twentieth century (and don’t even start me on the nineteenth). They had a stable (if deficient) democracy, no totalitarian regime, no brutal dictatorship, no world wars, Holodomors, or Holocausts on its territory. Their economy wasn’t completely wiped out a couple of decades ago. They haven’t had 3 successive currency changes and an inflation of 1,500% within a year in very recent memory. Nobody invaded in a century and a half. Nobody bombed out entire cities three minutes ago. Or ever.
And historically? We’ve had colonialism, we’ve had genocide, fuck, we’ve had slavery until 1864. What do they have on us in the victimhood catalogue? Cannibalism? Well, theirs was in the 1400s, not in living memory.
So why, in the name of the ever-lasting fuck, is Mexico such a mess today? The kind of violence they are having right now, we can’t imagine that shit in Ukraine. The femicide, the cartels, we don’t have that. We have a ton of problems but they are infantile compared to this shit.
OK, forget Mexico and Ukraine. What about El Salvador? They had a civil war, well, cry me a fucking river, and who didn’t? Spain had a civil war of the kind where it was the Luftwaffe vs the Soviet fighter pilots. Yes, their civil war was shorter, but they had a fascist dictatorship complete with concentration camps right after. And so what? Where are the gangs formed by Spanish exiles with the motto, “rape, torture, and kill”? Where are Spain’s highest homicide rates on Earth? The idea is ludicrous.
Or Cuba. Yes, they are poor. But many places are poor, yet in those places poverty doesn’t translate into the entire population of the country aggressively prostituting itself and every child in sight all day and every day. We’ve had their kind of poverty in 1990 but the wholesale male prostitution of Cuba wasn’t even remotely happening.
It’s not a rhetorical question. I have no idea what the answer is. When you see countries like Mexico or Venezuela just completely collapse for absolutely no reason and descend into insane levels of violence and ridiculousness over nothing, you’ve got to wonder.
But nobody seems to be wondering. It’s always the lazy, idiotic answers of “it’s colonialism” or “it’s the US.” What is it really, though?