This 15 September marks the bicentenary of the emancipation of the Audiencia of Guatemala and there is not a single Central American republic that has the same level of wealth as Spain; indeed, no other country that was once part of the Spanish empire still has the same level of wealth.

Even in Transparency International’s report on the perception of corruption in the civil service, it is clear that, far from showing better governance of public funds and a democratic system in the new republics, the opposite is true, since not a single one of the five nations even comes close to being called a law-abiding nation.

Guatemala ranks 149th, El Salvador 104th, Honduras 157th, Nicaragua 159th and Costa Rica 42nd, all well below Spain (32nd and least corrupt than South Korea 33rd).

Disrespect for private property is what has grown the most in all the republics that once formed part of Spain in the Americas, and everything suggests that it has encouraged the entrenchment of corrupt elites and public employees who make the burden of citizens heavier, making it impossible to get out of this perfidious circle.

What is the outlook?

Not very rosy, especially after the crisis generated by the implementation of extreme socialist policies and, to top it all, the global recession caused by the strong quarantines imposed by the political elites to try to deal with the Chinese virus pandemic of 2019. Thus, for example, the economic recovery outlook for the region is poor (link in Spanish).

The five Central American countries have not yet finished disenchanting themselves with the recipes of yesteryear and are betting on renewing old political elites to take control of their nations and thus confront the acute structural crisis they face.

It is against this backdrop that the bicentenary of Central America’s independence will be received, with quasi-communists in power, petty dictators and a recalcitrant and aggressive staging of the new progressivism who, seeing that the discourse in favour of spreading LGTBI sexual fetishes no longer has an impact on society, renew it with the sharp feminism of the desktop with which they seek once again to perpetuate themselves in power and from there to ensure their already well-known privileges.

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On This Day

1372 Battle of La Rochelle; Bocanegra's Castilian fleet destroys Pembroke's English fleet.
1484 Reconquista: The Christian army launches a new attack on the fertile plains of Granada, felling and razing considerable areas of land in Alhendín, Villa de Otura, and successively in Gójar, Dílar, La Zubia and Armilla.
1563 Don Francisco de Villagra, conquistador and part of Pedro de Valdivia's army and former Governor of Chile died.

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