Recently, urban planners, mathematicians and Google’s mass data research teams came to a conclusion that “a city twice as large as its neighbor is likely to be 15% richer.” And a city that doubles its population by growth will enjoy 15% more wealth for each of its citizens. “Income, patents, savings and other signs of wealth rise by around 15% when a city's size doubles,” and the citizen benefits in the process.
Minister Suzy Roemer (PNP) and others (PAIS) have been saying this for years. The Curacao island community has to grow to about 300,000 people to increase its wealth level significantly.
Through a very structured system of elections, parliamentary representation, and coalition cabinet formation, the island population tries to obtain a management leadership team that should be able to increase the wealth of its citizens, but that will have to include dramatic population growth!
At the moment, the society of islanders lives and operates in highly structured mini-societies, highly diversified and very segregated, with little interaction amongst each other. Generation long wars between clans are no exception.
Will the present Islanders with their deeply ingrained hate against ' the others" be able to accept 150,000 newcomers??? It would be an equal number of the total population of today.
Intuitively, the answer is, no!
Islanders formed exclusive subcultures and are not about to include others in their playground. The argument of wealth increase, even if they were ready to accept the scientific results, will not convince them.
That is the paradox of poverty; poverty often prevails due to the stubborn attitude of the poor.
If there were a parliamentary vote and law to bring this population and wealth growth about, would the newly elected politicians be ready and able to make it happen? Yes, especially as long as they stick to their guns and harness themselves against corruption.
What do you think, will it be possible to form such a team????
By Jacob Gelt Dekker
Opinion columnist for Curaçao Chronicle