long as I have been working on Haiti, I have been forced to respond to friends
and acquaintances who come up to me and ask, in true concern, “Why is Haiti
like that?” And for just as long, I’ve had to explain about the debt Haiti paid
to France over almost its entire history as a free republic, and how that
changed the course of Haitian history, destroyed the country’s young economy,
and put it for more than a century on a much weaker footing compared to the
rest of the countries of the...