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Enrichment of the Few at the Expense of the Many

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 […]

Good Guys, Bad Guys, the War on Drugs

May 12, 2015


From Eclectica, 2015 Shortly before 11 a.m. on an oppressively sultry summer morning, half-a-dozen armed members of Mexico’s military shoved their way into a modest middleclass dwelling in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua. According to the forty-year-old mother of three they showed no warrants nor gave any explanations. When she protested that they had no right to […]

Behold This Wonderful World!

April 10, 2015


ROBERT JOE STOUT     “Behold This Wonderful World!” Mexico is the Middle Ages with a cosmetically redesigned face. The power structure is an oligarchy, not a monarchy or vice-regency, but it operates in the same inept Feudal fashion as its pre-Renaissance predecessors. Most important policy decisions are not made in Mexico City but in Washington, […]

Criminals All

August 22, 2014


Last May in Oaxaca, one of Mexico’s poorest states, members of the national teachers’ union began a strike for higher salaries, which led to an encampment in the city’s central square. The Mexican government initiated a repression of the teachers’ struggle, which then expanded into a large coalition of more than 900 groups and organizations […]

Do the United States and Mexico Really Want the Drug War to Succeed?

May 29, 2014


In many respects, the drug organizations operating in Mexico exemplify what “free enterprise” is about: developing and marketing a product that satisfies willing consumers. Their armed components make their competition deadlier than competitors in other industries, but their methods of operation duplicate those of legitimate corporations: they seek (or buy) government support, network a well-organized […]

Ten Years–the Situation Hasn’t Changed

April 7, 2014


Although U. S. President George W. Bush didn’t include Mexico’s president Vicente Fox in his suggested “opening the doors to debate” over immigration reform in January 2004, he did re-activate many old immigration clichés by proposing “earned legalization” for current workers and an extended guest worker program that would grant temporary residency to immigrants for […]

Last Days of the Empire

August 23, 2013


She asked, “What do you know about the final years of the Roman Empire?” and I explained, “I wasn’t in Rome—contemporary Italy—at the time, I was in Northumberland carving runic poems on pieces of granite. Connection with the city of Rome was quite difficult. Marauder bands from the north—Visigoths, Vandals, Ostrogoths, Franks—had taken over cities […]