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Surviving by default: A report from underwater Puerto Rico.

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Living as a third world country, pretending to be a first world country doesn't work. But then again, living as a first world country, even if you are a first world country doesn't work anymore either. It's clear that this is unsustainable. You can't go on anymore as an empire. But perhaps the man to finally bring down empire will win this November - and I'm not talking about Bernie.

Our Man in San Juan, Dave Buchen adds a botched musical intro to the list of things he's surviving in Puerto Rico these days - a slow motion debt crisis unfolding across the island, an inevitable flattening of the first and third worlds, no soap in the school bathrooms, Zika virus - and explains why the emptying island just has more room for underground economies, local markets, crybaby baseball players, and Dave's latest book.

Oh yeah, that book, and the entire series, can be found here: Enciclopedia Deiknumena.

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Dave Buchen

Dave Buchen has been living in Puerto Rico since the previous century. There he home-schools his two kids and makes theater with Theater Oobleck and El Teatro Barbaro, and plays music with La Banda Municipal de Makula Barun.

 

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