A lot of rather dark “tinta” for this little “Isla”. The same phenomenon can be seen, termed, and described differently by different observers, analysts, writers, and commentators. Where is the “truth”? What are the criteria to prove that any opinion or comment is the “truth”? Poetic “truth” is different from the statistical “truth”. The writer of this opinion piece, Mr. Eduardo Lalo, relies more on his rhetorical rather than logical powers, it seems to me.
ISLA EN SU TINTA
By Eduardo Lalo
“Just a few months ago, the third conquest of Puerto Rico began. The first is shared with the rest of Latin America. To this is added, in our case, the one made by the United States since the invasion of 1898, which since then has implanted a structure of narrow limits of action to the economic and political life of the country. The third is what happens at this moment. A country besieged by an economic depression of more than 10 years, constrained by its absurd coloniality, devastated by last year’s hurricanes and by the wave of government corruption and incapacity that they brought, is lax, incapable of making real decisions.
A government trapped in its annexationist ideology and its neoliberal superstitions, takes advantage of the debacle to dismantle the state and deliver the country. The accelerated approvals of educational, fiscal and labor reforms, the massive cut of funds, the plans to eliminate government agencies and services, the sale of the patrimony, the hiring at the price of gold of American officials to direct departments, the clandestine complicities with the Board of Fiscal Control, deepen the starvation of Puerto Rico and collaborate openly with the new conquerors.
They do not arrive on warships, but land equipped with an even more lethal weapon: a legality of design, built to serve their interests and purposes. Laws 20 and 22, which allow the transfer to the country of foreigners owners of gigantic fortunes, who benefit from an almost non-existent tax payment, to which is added the mercenary arrival, after hurricane Maria, of dozens of wealthy speculators of new edition, illuminated prophets of arcane cryptocurrencies, have transformed, in the blink of an eye, the policies of citizenship of the country.”