Rafael Bernabe, Juan González, Amy Goodman, Ana Irma Rivera Lassén
“There is no question that the old monopoly of the two political parties that have dominated Puerto Rican politics for decades is coming to an end, and that’s a very good thing,” says historian Rafael Bernabe
Puerto Rico has faced wave after wave of disaster since 2006. The unending state of emergency and the systematic use of executive orders have facilitated corruption, disinformation, chaotic crisis management, and enabled disaster capitalism.
San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz talks of Trump’s criminal response to Puerto Rico’s hurricanes as a precursor to this moment. Trump politically disappeared the victims of Irma and Maria in 2017; and is trying to do the same to victims of Covid-19.