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Writer and meditator, with an Independent bent. Have written for California and Midwest publications. Interests are the loss of the middle class, American manufacturing, unions, immigration, and the welfare of families and children.

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Salon.com
JUNE 23, 2009 11:18PM

Definition of A Banana Republic

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THE COUNTRY IS RUN BY A SMALL, ELITE GROUP Of WELL-TO-DO PEOPLE.

THE ELITE HAVE ACCESS TO AN ENDLESS POOL OF PEON LABOR THAT IS DESPERATE, COMPLIANT AND WILLING TO DO ANYTHING FOR ANY AMOUNT OF MONEY.

THE COUNTRY DOESN'T MAKE ANYTHING IN THE WAY OF ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY.

THE ELITE HAVE LITTLE PRIDE IN THEIR COUNTRY BECAUSE THEY KNOW HOW BACKWARD IT IS. THEY ADMIRE OTHER COUNTRIES AND LOOK TO THEM FOR NEW TECHNOLOGY.

THE WEALTHY SHOP THE WORLD FOR THE VERY FINEST AND THE VERY CHEAPEST GOODS.

SINCE PEASANTS HAVE ALMOST NO BUYING POWER, A LOW, LOW COST OF LIVING  IS AVAILABLE TO THE ELITE.

THE ELITE WANT EVERYTHING IN THEIR COUNTRY TO  STAY EXACTLY AS IT IS.

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The sad thing is the peons are resistant to change, too.
I wonder if that is us?
Agreed, Sirenita! Good truth to tell post -

rated and peece!
dj
As shitty as things might be for a lot of us here on planet America we are not even close to being a "banana republic." We have too many educated people, too much mobility and communication to ever let this country become a full on banana republic. That doesn't mean that THEY won't try to make us so.
Thank you, Mr. George W. Bush. Rated!
I shopped at a Banana Republic once, and the peasants were revolting.

(Thanks Mel! :)
My experience with elites in banana republics is that you get a lot of people who genuinely care for their country and want a change. They want democracy, but they don't trust the uneducated masses to make the right choices. They want improvements in the standard of living, but they don't want their life (which in many cases is only equivalent to a US middle class existence) to become a lot harder.

A small elite and a large population with no buying power leads to 1) lots of theft and 2) no stores with much for the elite. That requires them to travel to shop for clothes.

The thing that you left out was the ability to move up. In the US, if you study hard and are smart, you can get ahead. Look at Barack Obama, he did not get ahead from family money or connections. He is where he is because of his own talents and efforts. Yes, money and connections help (see George W. Bush).

In a banana republic, the peons are so far behind they have no hope of catching up.
Kat , wrote a "fiction"post not long ago about who runs the World, and I really believe this. Not a "conspiritilist",per say, but a "realialist?". As far as Malusinka, unfortunately, it's not in the "genes" for everyone to be as smart as Obama. I know, I read everything, and I'm still dumb as a stump. If you're rich, why change?
The comparison is valid to a point. We currently share many aspects of the proverbial "Banana Republic" i'd have to agree that for the most part people here have two advantages over the peasants in a full on one, first, we are too well educated, and second, we are all too well armed to make potential banana republicans able to make the power grab so callously.
THIS IS NOT MEANT TO BE AN EXACT AND ACCURATE DESCRIPTION. I AM TRYING TO MAKE A POINT ABOUT THE U.S. BY EXAGGERATION.
IN EVERY COUNTRY THERE ARE DECENT, EDUCATED PEOPLE TRYING TO IMPROVE THE COUNTRY. AND IN EVERY COUNTRY THERE ARE THOSE WHO LIVE OFF EXPLOITATION OF THE POOR.
I can dig it Kathy.
People who compare the US to banana republics have never lived in one. I spent two years in a banana republic that actually grows bananas. The experience convinced me that to be an average American is to be one of the most privileged people on this planet.

Another 10 years in a banana republic that imports its bananas from Finland did nothing to change this conviction.
yes, you are so right

I am speaking as an American for Americans-- it may seem great to you, but we can see a lot of deterioration from what the U.S.used to be, and a lot of danger of it getting worse.
nevertheless, we are still very privileged
thanks for your interesting comments, I appreciate it!!
Would mexico be considered a bananna republic. My only knowledge of the workings of the country comes from James Michner's "Mexico" where he made the class seperation between the Spanish and Indian decendants seem broad with the Spanish having all the wealth and looking down on the Indian, whom I personally adore.
I don't know exactly which countries are considered that, the only point I am making is that we are sliding toward losing our middle class, becoming a more elite-centered society, and losing the technology edge by buying everything from others.