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Portugese-born writer Sarah Hoyt:
I didn’t grow up in a South American country, but the culture rhymes. I think I told before of the father of a friend who, when I was fourteen, informed me that the Portuguese would have invented/produced much better computers than IBM if “the US let us.” I tried to figure out what the US was doing to hold back this powerhouse of Portuguese computing and got a confused story about not being allowed to grow rice and if Portugal did something or other (search me. It made no sense then, and I have trouble remembering insane ramblings) the US would cut aid. Thereby making it impossible for Portugal to have a computer industry.
In the years to follow, I heard similar stories about pretty much everything.
None of it was the fault of the (then) 48 official holidays a year, the culture of the 2 hour lunch and the hourly coffee, and of considering a job a sinecure from which it’s very hard to fire anyone; the laid-back Mediterranean lifestyle; the cultural disdain for people who work too hard; the socially conformist culture that makes it hard to invent or innovate; the lack of secure property rights; the socialist policies that stood astride the economy yelling “stop.” No, America had more than Portugal did, and produced more than Portugal did, so it was all America’s fault.
I suspect in South America you should multiply that by 10 at least. I’ve read and seen hints of it.
And of course, our leftists believe it.
Read the whole thing. Sarah has much to say about the “caravan,” the cultural factors preventing economic success in many countries, and the destructiveness of American Leftist attitudes.