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How America Ends

Democracy depends on the consent of the losers. For most of the 20th century, parties and candidates in the United States have competed in elections with the understanding that electoral defeats are neither permanent nor intolerable. The losers could accept the result, adjust their ideas...

No, Slavery Did Not Make America Rich

In 1847, Karl Marx wrote that "Without slavery you have no cotton; without cotton you have no modern industry…cause slavery to disappear and you will have wiped America off the map of nations." As with most of his postulations concerning economics, Marx was proven wrong. Following...

The U.S.A. Is Not America!

Invariably, in gatherings of Americans, Ticos and other Latins, the subject of what is America comes up. Growing up in Canada, someone from the United States of America is called "American", while everyone north of the 49th is "Canadian". However, south of the U.S. border,...

American Expat with Photography Exposition in San José

Daily Life in León, Nicaragua is the intriguing title of a photo exposition next month in Barrio Amón by ex-pat, part-time resident and prize-winning travel photographer David Flynn. Vida Cotidiana en León, Nicaragua, the exhibit’s Spanish title, is the result of Flynn’s eight months of...

Would impeaching Trump restore the rule of law? Lessons from Latin America

Some Americans and members of Congress have called for the impeachment of President Donald Trump. What happens after a president is impeached? The vice president would take his place, but other parts of the government continue unchanged. That may not be a bad thing. However, partisan...


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