Jonah Goldberg on Haiti
By Arnold Kling
He offers a diagnosis based on FP2P.
It’s true that Haiti has few natural resources, but neither do Japan or Switzerland. What those countries do have are what Kling and Schulz call valuable “intangible assets” — the skills, rules, laws, education, knowledge, customs, expectation, etc. — that drives a prosperous society to generate prosperity.
Of course, the conclusion I draw is that the fastest way to improve life for Haitians would be to give them more choices about where to live. It appears to be easier for individuals to adapt to new cultures than to impose a new culture on a country.
UPDATE: John Baden also thinks that Haiti illustrates the economics of FP2P.