Drug cartels rule much of Central America. But their power/fire arms don’t come from the Latin American economies. They come from the high demand for recreational drugs found in America. The systemic corruption we (as superior beings of a puritanical democracy) find so scandalously abundant in Latin America is only as tenacious as moral hypocrisy in America.
This blog seems to be developing as a treatise about how “Party in the U.S.A.” is the terribly topical song: At the Party, we are having too much fun to realize the global disparities that make the U.S. relatively party-like compared to her surroundings. And projecting America as a Party perpetuates our cultural ignorance and reign via commodity capitalism. Yeah.
Last thought: I’m curious about George Clinton’s repeated mantra “Ain’t nuthin’ but a Party, y’all” on Mothership Connection (1976). Being Black in America is certainly no Party. Though maybe Dr. Funkenstein was proclaiming as “Black” the recognition of White privilege as a sort of racist blow that American Party animals snort. Me and Miley, we’re nothing more than high on an artificial sense of omnipotence and impulsive entitlement.