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3rd world regions ~ Any comparison?  

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Just curious... Has anyone who has posted on this board/topic been to the 3rd world regions? Just for comparison sake is St. Croix similar to the pollution, crime, poverty, corruption(sounds like it),etc... of 3rd world countries?

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Hello Kelly,

3rd world…

(Yes I have visited some 3rd world countries.) I equate 3rd world regions with skinny naked children running around playing with sticks in the dirt, pre-adolescent girls being prostituted, people walking for 2 or 3 hours to get to and from work (if there is work for them to have) to make in a year what folks here make in a week and some in a day, famine, social issues related to disease, education and well being… Perhaps my image is stereotypical rather then the accurate definition but in any case that’s what I picture.

And there is no comparison to the VI.

What’s the USVI like…

If you could build a micro version of the USA, which is 3,717,796 sq miles in size, and take just a little beach front USA, a little park land USA, a little ghetto, a little agricultural, a little small town residential, a little rich neighborhood, a little poor neighborhood, a little condo living, a little boating town, a little good, bad and other from the US mainland population, add some West Indian culture, a good dose of nepotism, VI history and the US Dollar and squeeze it all into the tiny 135 square miles that makes up the USVI. Then change the majority white population to Black Caribbean people - you'd have roughly what the USVI is like.

A little off topic…

If you live in a nice neighborhood, county, area of your state and you don't venture far outside of that area you might never, ever see projects, a ghetto, the beach, the mountains, a river, a desert, people that look, talk or think different then you.

If you live on St. Thomas or St. Croix and to a small degree St. John you could certainly just stay in your residential neighborhood, around your work and around commercial areas and be unfamiliar with the island in its entirety. However, even if you stick to the home, work, grocery store you can not avoid seeing the ocean, the tourists, different types of people, housing projects, trees, trash, nice cars and broken heaps of junk, mega-yachts and tiny little fishing boats, huge houses with gates, shacks… you can't because the islands are small. So you get the big picture of a small place and you see it all when in the VI. In the states if you stick to your neck of the woods then you have a small picture of a big place and you might perceive everything to be as you experience it.

I stated that because I find that some new residents and visitors know (or not) that the islands are small but it doesn’t sink in as to how small. And it is important to understand the size because it forces you to deal with everything and everyone.

Political Corruption…

The difference with political corruption here vs. the US, is that in the VI there is an acceptance. Even when a government official is caught red handed, people forget about it and many times even if the official is fired from the job - he or she is inevitably offered another government job. It’s the 'not dealing with the problem' that I see as a corruption here. I don't follow US politics much but it seems in many cases when they catch officials that are up to no good they are fined, fired, imprisoned, investigated, a trial is held... not the case here.


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Very well put, Islander. I heartily agree!

I am constantly explaining to real estate clients on St. Croix that there is no way to make a blanket statement about an "estate" being good or bad to live in. Each place has a little of every kind of element within it. The island is too small to pocket all the negative elements specifically in one location. But that's real life, you take the bad with the good and you learn how to cope with something that is not as ideal as you would like. I find most parts of the island to be predominantly a positive experience to visit and/or live.

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ISLANDER - Damn, that is an UNBELIEVABLE and PERFECT analogy...very well balanced and accurate, even in the eyes of someone who believes they were just burned BIG TIME.

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A walk on the pedantic side...

The term "First World" refers to so-called developed, capitalist, industrial countries, roughly, a bloc of countries aligned with the United States with more or less common political and economic interests: North America, Western Europe, Japan and Australia.

"Second World" refers to the former communist-socialist, industrial states, (formerly the Eastern bloc, the territory and sphere of influence of the Union of Soviet Socialists Republic) today: Russia, Eastern Europe (e.g., Poland) and some of the Turk States (e.g., Kazakhstan) as well as China.

"Third World" are all the other countries, today often used to roughly describe the developing countries of Africa, Asia and Latin America.
The term Third World includes as well capitalist (e.g., Venezuela) and communist (e.g., North Korea) countries as very rich (e.g., Saudi Arabia) and very poor (e.g., Mali) countries.

The term "Fourth World" first came into use in 1974 with the publication of Shuswap Chief George Manuel's: The fourth world : an Indian reality, the term refers to nations (cultural entities, ethnic groups) of indigenous peoples living within or across state boundaries (nation states).


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WOW - What great discussion this topic has brought about! Terry, Islander - fantastic responses. But do me a favor - SSSHHHHH! Don't tell the world what a perfect jewel these islands are - let them find out for themselves - LOL

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