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The masses need to throw off the white elites

16 August 2009

I don’t know how many times I’ve read a variation on that theme … usually from people who know nothing about Mexico, but who are quick to prescribe solutions (usually involving a lot of guns) for problems that don’t really affect Mexico.

It gets old… besides which,  there is no “white elite” class. There are rich people, many of whom are descended from Europeans, but that’s as much a function of human nature as anything. Guys tend to meet the mother of their future children among their peers. And the children of the Europeans who arrived in the 1930s and 40s with a lot of cash in their pockets made a bundle of money, and sent their kids to schools with other Europeans with money. And, too, there are families like the Terrazas-Creel clan of Chihuahua, whose “dynastic” marriages bringing in spouses from the United States’ own “white elite.”  Just like the U.S. where you have some very rich families that have always been rich, and married other rich people — or whose ancestors did well because they arrived with capital and skills at the right time.  As Malcolm Forbes noted years ago, “The only sure way to make a large fortune is to inherit one.”

I bring this up because the United States (where people have a lot of guns) is wising up to the fact that they’re controlled by their own elites… more so that at any time since 1917:

Daniel Tencher (Raw Story) writes:

The wealthiest 10 percent of Americans now have a larger share of total income than they ever have in records going back nearly a century — an even larger amount than during the Roaring Twenties, the last time the US saw such similar disparities in wealth.

In recent years, the fact that differences between rich and poor are the greatest they’ve been since the Great Depression has become a popular talking point among liberal-leaning economists.

But an updated study (PDF) from University of California-Berkeley economist Emanuel Saez shows that, in 2007, the wealth disparity grew to its highest number on record, based on US tax data going back to 1917.

Maybe Mexicans should start posting on U.S. websites, offering prescriptions for their own ills.  Interesting that economic disparity is always mentioned as a recipe for political and social instability in Latin America, but when it comes to the United States,

There is no consensus among economists on whether large disparities in income lead to economic disruption, but it is hard to ignore the correlation between rising income inequality and the onset of economic crisis. The last time the US saw similar differences in income was in 1928 and 1929, just before the start of the Great Depression.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. 16 August 2009 2:30 pm

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  2. Nolan permalink
    17 August 2009 10:02 am

    I do think there is a pretty clear, though not absolute, correlation between skin color and economic/social position in Mexico. Part of it is indeed circumstantial and the term “white elite” is tiring and pointless, but from my experience the wealthy in Mexico are relatively more Europeanized (more culturally than racially, though the two are partially connected) in a way that’s more than coincidental, and it goes beyond the elite with more opportunities to marry up if one has European looks and behaviour. While I think economic inequality is Mexico’s main source of woe, there is a racial element that shouldn’t be denied.

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