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6:34 PM
After rereading this answer I just wrote:
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A: Why did North America economically prosper, and maintain stable government and South/Central America didn't?

T.E.D.I don't believe the answer to this is known objectively. However, it may be worth looking at the different settlement histories of the two areas you are comparing. Most of the American possessions, up until quite recently (19th century or so) were treated as resources to be tapped (or "looted" i...

It strikes me that it has interesting applications for those who today propose to "Run the Government like a Company"
The generous presumption is that anyone who says that knows there are limits to the metaphor past which one should not push, so nobody saying that seriously wants to reorganize their government to work like a Banana Republic.
It would be a good question to get a satisfactory clarification on before voting for said person though.
 

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