On Development

We are living in an exciting time.

The government of The Bahamas is bruiting about some of the most radical ideas since the ideas of majority rule and independence. We’re talking about land reform, for one thing, about the reconceptualization of the city of Nassau for another. Whole islands are being surveyed for long-term development plans. We are promised billions of dollars in investment, and there’s some conservative excitement out there in the air. The Bahamas is poised on the brink of a wonderful future.

There’s only one small problem that I see: the Bahamian people are not talking about it.

All the discussion is happening at a governmental level, between politicians and government officials and consultants. This is not to say that the government is not interested in broader discussion; given this government, that would be an absurd suggestion. No; what it is to say is that we, the population, are waiting for direction to discuss the ideas.

Now this is a problem. We’re talking about development here; and development, no matter what our past experience might be or what our education has taught us, is not something that should be imposed upon anybody from above or beyond.


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