Friday, February 15, 2013

Honduras: Why is there so much violence in our country?

Fr. Ismael Moreno has a fascinating story on Honduras for Revista Envio: Why is there so much violence in our country? It's a bit dated, May 2012. But I'm not sure that anything hasn't changed since he wrote the piece.
The violence in Honduras has old roots, but the newest ones have grown rapidly in the last 30 years. The accumulation of wealth, resources, land and power in few hands has generated levels of violence that now seem uncontrollable.
The breakfast, lunch, and dinner story is wild and could in many ways be written for each Central American country. It's also part of the reason why I don't blame capitalism for much of what it wrong in the region. That's, obviously, because capitalism doesn't exist.

The other challenge is the Father Moreno places so much hope in the State to solve the country's problems. The State needs to take a preferential option for the poor, at best, or be a neutral arbiter of disputes, at a minimum. It's not easy when the State is part of the problem but a solution is impossible without it.

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