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Old 08-21-2012, 05:30 PM
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Default ANALYZING the MEXICAN SOCIAL CRISIS

ANALYZING the MEXICAN SOCIAL CRISIS

An Introduction to a:

Report of the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal, which investigated the social crisis
(violence, drugs, corruption, disappearances and extra-judicial killings, etc.)
in that country (May, June 2012).
The Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal has received a wealth of information during the hearings over the past week which presents a picture of a society in a deep social crisis. We salute the sophistication of the research, the effectiveness of the individual and group presentations, and the courage and perseverance of all those engaged in the process of resistance and the eventual creation of a new democratic order.

To properly understand this material, it is necessary to see what is happening as systemic, interlinked phenomena, not simply the failure of reforms, or the poor management of the Mexican state, or the greed of some of those with power and wealth. To borrow loosely from a metaphor used by Karl Marx, we must come down from the Heaven of neoliberal ideology and media triumphalism on behalf of NAFTA and the success of “free trade”, to the reality on Earth: Mexican society, like so many others around the globe, has been devastated in a pursuit of profits backed up by the propaganda and coercive force of the state.

There has been a general plan developed at an international level, to reduce the expenditure of the state on social welfare, to reduce the effectiveness of trade unions, to make work more “flexible” (read insecure), and society more precarious for the mass of people. This neoliberal plan has been imposed undemocratically across the globe.

In Mexico the “thinning of the state” has been accompanied by an increase in the power and implementation of the coercive forces, the military and police. This is a necessary response to the imposition of the neoliberal plan: thus “Free Market, Strong State”. For workers and peasants, the system now operating has been an unwelcome, undemocratic imposition which has destroyed lives, communities, trade unions and civil society groups, as well as the economy. With impunity it ignores the rights of the people in favor of the big enterprises. Necessary, not simply poor choices by the government, although there have been many of those as well as pervasive corruption. Necessary because for the big enterprises, foreign or domestic, private or public, profits come before people and the people must be taught not to resist.

One group in particular has suffered greatly, the migrants. Their plight is a dramatic demonstration of how this neoliberal system works to the advantage of the powerful and the destruction of communities. There are of course many reasons for migration. But here in Mexico, in addition to the post-NAFTA deteriorating conditions in the poor, rural areas which have always resulted in some voluntary migration (if we can call acting from necessity voluntary), there is overwhelming evidence of state compulsion on behalf of the large enterprises for the purposes of obtaining cheap labor and access to strategic and valuable land. We have been given evidence of the cruelty involved in the massive forced migration which has seen millions of Mexicans driven north-and into the USA-to find employment and a better life, only to be killed or the victims of repression and exploitation, their rights ignored as if they were mere commodities.

We have also been given evidence to support the old adage, “All governments lie”. The statistics by which the Mexican government seeks to show the success of its neoliberal program do not match the reality. While claiming growth and prosperity, especially as a result of joining NAFTA, the reality is that wages have collapsed, unemployment has risen, sovereignty over the food supply has been lost (maize is being imported, for example), and communities destroyed by forced evictions and migration.

The media has been silent about most of the negative impacts of NAFTA; it is part of the system which is destroying Mexico. And it’s shameful mis-reporting of the so-called “war on drugs” is one of the major crimes of the current century. Common sense would suggest that 88,000 people dead (according to the most recent report) and some 250,000 people moved off their land and out of their communities in the past 6 years is not simply the result of the drug trade with its cartels. That a government spokesperson has referred to much of this as “collateral damage” suggests a militaristic attitude which is consistent with a war against the people. The purpose of such a war, with the widespread government violence against the people, seems to be in order to gain legitimacy after what appears to have been a stolen election in 2006; also to intervene in, and perhaps manage, the drug trade of the cartels (organized crime) some of whom may be linked with state, corporate or individual elite interests. ~Gill H. Boehringer

Reviewer's Note:
The Report is quite long and the Introduction reflected evidence
presented to the author, Gill H. Boehringer.

The full Report was agreed to by a group of activists from about a half dozen countries.
(At this time the Report is only written in Spanish)


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Default Mankind must adjust to a radical, societal "Paradigm-Shift!"

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Mexican society, like so many others around the globe, has been devastated in a pursuit of profits backed up by the propaganda and coercive force of the state.
How is it possible to limit the effects of state and media propaganda when many citizens are uneducated to the ways of propaganda; and, for others the state controls much of the education system?

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There has been a general plan developed at an international level, to reduce the expenditure of the state on social welfare, to reduce the effectiveness of trade unions, to make work more “flexible” (read insecure), and society more precarious for the mass of people. This neoliberal plan has been imposed undemocratically across the globe.
The effects of "This neoliberal plan" would seem to also be the result of the tremendous rise in productivity beyond what the Earth can sustain. Productivity will continue to increase because of modern technology. It would seem that mankind must readjust society to service employment and sustainable leisure pursuits.

Mankind must adjust to a radical, societal "Paradigm-Shift!" . . . or, face the dire consequences of eventual worldwide devastation from the mismanagement of all resources.

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In Mexico the “thinning of the state” has been accompanied by an increase in the power and implementation of the coercive forces, the military and police. This is a necessary response to the imposition of the neoliberal plan: thus “Free Market, Strong State”. For workers and peasants, the system now operating has been an unwelcome, undemocratic imposition which has destroyed lives, communities, trade unions and civil society groups, as well as the economy. With impunity it ignores the rights of the people in favour of the big enterprises. Necessary, not simply poor choices by the government, although there have been many of those as well as pervasive corruption. Necessary because for the big enterprises, foreign or domestic, private or public, profits come before people, and the people must be taught not to resist.
It would seem that what is observed as "In Mexico" would apply in all sovereign states – only differing in degree and timing.

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We have also been given evidence to support the old adage, “All governments lie”.
To lie (propaganda) is a necessity for any government that depends upon the consent of its citizens to vote against their self-interests, which generally conflict with the interests of the elite.

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The statistics by which the Mexican government seeks to show the success of its neoliberal program do not match the reality. While claiming growth and prosperity, especially as a result of joining NAFTA, the reality is that wages have collapsed, unemployment has risen, sovereignty over the food supply has been lost (maize is being imported, for example), and communities destroyed by forced evictions and migration.
These problems are minor compared to what is in store if there is no Paradigm-Shift!

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The media has been silent about most of the negative impacts of NAFTA; it is part of the system which is destroying Mexico. And it’s shameful mis-reporting of the so-called “war on drugs” is one of the major crimes of the current century.
I agree.

However, the “war on drugs” is only a small part of the media problem. All media that depends upon massive expenditures is of necessity subject to the control of the elite that, in the current paradigm, seldom have the best interests of the total, global environment.
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