The anti-capitalist nature of Puerto Rico's business class*
"Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." That famous quote by Lord Acton applies to all walks of life, in all societies, and in numerous social circumstances. While here in Puerto Rico a great deal of scrutiny is given to its local Congress and its bicameral members, little is the social critical eye applied to the numerous businesses that operate here in the island. It was as if the continual attacks provided in the public media (El Nuevo Dia, Univision) on the local legislature is an effort by the powerful business class to distract attention from that which attention should be placed on: Puerto Rico's local business sector. While we all too easily learn about our local congressmen's quirks--the rather amusingly large dibs that are used for food consumption and the consequent weight gain--little do we tend to be informed about illegal and unethical business practices that are profoundly anti-capitalist in nature. Yes, anti-capitalist. For however much capitalism might be attacked in the academic sector, it has a strict set of rules of conduct and behavior which are set rigidly in stone. You win by operating within a given set of rules; you similarly lose by playing within the same set of rules--just as in a baseball game. One does do not "win" by stating that 2 plus 2 is equal to 7, or by persecuting the umpire when one is in disagreement their "call". Sadly, this ocurrs all too often here in Puerto Rico, without its actors fully aware of the damage they directly inflict on fundamental social structures, intangible as they might be. It is the rules which establish the proper conduct of behavior, which establish what can and cannot be done--serving as the critical key to its proper functioning by harmonizing private and public interests (in principle). In this sense, it is rather ironic that Puerto Rico's liberal sector, gravely anti-capitalist but imbued with a profound sense of social justice, does more to mend the anti-capitalist behavior of the local businesss class than that class itself. We have to deeply comend this creole sector for their noble and persistent activity in light of continual and subtle repression imposed by those who give the impression of desiring no accountability whatsoever--the dreams of tyrants, monarchs, and madmen.