Urban myths: the undisciplined Jamaican


I really appreciate this blog from this economist. It examines the myth of the undisciplined Jamaica. In one sense, I agree with the fact that Jamaicans are good drivers. They are aware and courteous. However, they do drive WAY too fast. The example in this post of Jamaicans following the rules of the bus lane do illustrate a penchant for following traffic rules, but it seems at other times, all bets are off. Like running red lights in the wee hours of the morning, which I’ve been told is for safety reasons. And not following speed limits. So perhaps the fact that people do not use the bus lane when they could is an interesting example. It would certainly cut the distance and time of their trip, thus saving them money. So why would they not take this opportunity? I guess we would first assume that the collective conscious has agreed to follow the rule, then we would have to ask individual drivers. I would love to know the response. In any case, it is an interesting, instructive observation that as an amateur political scientist, I would love to follow up on.

Jamaica: Political Economy

I try to clear my head of things that bother me. Sometimes, mint tea helps; other times, I need to take a walk; again, other times, I need to burn up some serious energy or sing certain songs. Or, I write about the problems.

I’ve been bothered for a while by a set of claims about Jamaicans that I cannot see substantiated. One of these is that Jamaicans are undisciplined.

I’ve been to a lot of different countries and seen how people operate in daily life, sometimes during extreme economic or social conditions. So, I have been in countries that have had economic catastrophes, mainly when inflation is very fast and/or their currencies have gone into some kind of downward spiral. (Sorry, Jamaica. For all that the decline of the J$ has been constant over the past 16 months, it’s not in a spiral.) People start to panic, hoarding goods…

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