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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Sunday, June 04, 2006

South of the Border

Three articles in the last few days about Central/South America's shift to the left and away from America.

The presidents of 10 countries from Mexico to Columbia signed a joint venture to develop oil, gas, and hydroelectric power. The numbers are relatively small, but it appears this is being done independent of the energy "majors." If this is a trend, it's a big one towards self development and collective independence.

Evo Morales in Bolivia has begun his "agrarian revolution," seizing land from the wealthy landowners and turning it over to the poor and indiginous peoples. No telling yet how the recipients are designated, whether it is a genuine land reform or a political giveaway similar to Zimbabwe.

Mexico City's socialist ex-mayor, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, is doing well enough in the runup to the presidential election that the NYTimes felt it necessary to do a giant hit piece on him.

Listen Mr. Anti-Immigration Man, if you want to stop illegal immigration, your best bet is a more socialist Mexico that eases the oppressive inequity and raises living standards for the poorest Mexicans. I know, it runs against everything you were told on FoxNews, but it's the best way to stem the flow.


  • I don't know if a more socialist Mexico is necessarily the answer, but one where the millions in the lower classes are raised up economically certainly is.

    Don't know if Obrador is the guy to do it, but it was an interesting writeup on him. Thanks for the link.

    By Anonymous abi, at 11:46 AM  

  • Cool. You're right that Socialism isn't the only possible answer, but with the Mexican history of chaebol, I have very little hope that capitalism as practiced in Mexico is the answer either.

    And, I don't know all that much about Obrador, but was struck by the negative tone of the piece.


    By Blogger mikevotes, at 1:35 PM  

  • Mexico today is a great example of the lasting effect of corrupt policies decades later.

    I can't help but to think what could have been for Mexico had the place not been carpet-bagged in the 70s.

    "Chickens coming home to roost?"
    "Reap what you sow?"

    By Blogger Praguetwin, at 2:05 PM  

  • How much of US foreign policy and diplomatic effort in the last decade has been related to cleaning up the messes of earlier post WWII foreign policy?

    Just right now we're dealing with Iraq Iran Afghanistan and central South America.


    By Blogger mikevotes, at 3:14 PM  

  • Good call Mike. Same is true for immigration everywhere. The people of the world aren't migrating north for the warm weather and long growing season.

    By Blogger justin barker, at 2:44 AM  

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