Enrichment of the Few at the Expense of the Many

Posted on July 9, 2015


Noam Chomsky revised the nineteenth century dictum “an intelligent minority has to govern an ignorant and meddlesome majority” by substituting “an elite technocracy” for “intelligent minority,” but he insisted that the same motives—enrichment of the few at the expense of the many—guided the neo-liberal oligarchs just as they had nineteenth century financial barons. Control of this “ignorant and meddlesome majority” in Mexico necessitated repression of mass movements, including those originating with labor unions, curbing education, and supplanting indigenous culture with a media dominated “reality show” that exalted consumerism and only peripherally discussed poverty, un- and under-employment and social issues, thus creating an impassable barranca between the politics of the few and the majority of the population.

This substitution of participatory government by a state-controlled telenovela also keyed Mexico’s international relationships, even with countries and agencies that were able to see through the sham. One of the most critical of these agencies, Amnesty International, repeatedly admonished President Calderón’s PAN government for failing to acknowledge and respond to human rights violations cited by AI’s investigations.

“The reports to Amnesty International were part of the charade,” insisted former government attorney Andrea García. From Hidden Dangers, Mexico on the Brink of Disaster by Robert Joe Stout http://www.amazon.com/Hidden-Dangers-Mexico-Brink-Disaster/dp/162006488X/ref=sr