Thursday, March 13, 2014

¡Viva Puerto Rico Libre!

John Derbyshire rightly argues that "the USA should get rid of this millstone" — How Can We Get Rid of Puerto Rico?. One "approach would be to get Puerto Ricans thinking that independence might be a good idea. Perhaps we could try oppressing the place: Make them tenant farmers under absentee landlords, proscribe use of their native tongue, and shut down their churches. Hey, it worked for Ireland."

"El país que nunca se fue," my Spanish professor lamented of his homeland: "the country that never was." An independista, he was ashamed that only 4% of his countrymen were with him, the rest evenly divided between supporters of statehood and of continued "commonwealth" status.

Bill Kauffman's Bye Bye, Miss American Empire: Neighborhood Patriots, Backcountry Rebels, and their Underdog Crusades to Redraw America's Political Map has an enlightening and inspiring chapter on the culturally conservative Catholics like Pedro Albizu Campos and the founding of the Puerto Rican Independence Party.

iViva!

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