Every time Haiti suffers a natural disaster, the mainstream media reflexively laments the political corruption blocking Western aid to the islandâs sick and injured. Unfortunately, dominant commentary on Haiti, a former âslave republic,â lacks depth and historical context. Haiti neednât have been poor or ill-governed. Had colonial Haitiâs slave revolt not been brutally crushed by France with support from the United States, the Haitians may well have created their own democracy and enjoyed modest prosperity and independence. Later,
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