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Thoughts on Krauze

30 November 2013

I had been reading (slowly) a work from the 1940s on the intellectual history of Mexican Positivism (ok, I read some really, really wonky books), and today noticed Enrique Krauze’s article in today’s NY Times, defending the “Pact For Mexico” (undone yesterday, when the PRD definitely pulled out of a “tri-partisan agreement” to “fast-track” supposed “reforms” requested by Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration) led to these quick thoughts.  More when I can think this through completely:


There is nothing wrong with divided government… and that is what a democracy should have.   A non-partisan legislature does not answer to the divided social interests of the people, but only to the common interests of the various party leaders.

Ironically, Krauze’s defense of the Pact of Mexico appears the day after PRD pulled out (rightly, I believe… especially having witnessed the disaster to the PRD here in Sinaloa following the ill-advised fusion ticket of the PRD and PAN) . The vastly under-rated Mexican political philosoper of the early independence era, José María Mora, pointed out that “liberty” and “freedom” were defined as what benefited the class making the distinction. Krauze, whom I know slightly, has always defined “liberty” in terms of his own class interests (nothing odd about that), and has always seen resistance to changes that benefit his class as reactionary. His “Biography of Power” was as much an argument of the inevitability of Vicente Fox’s rise to power (it came out shortly before the 2000 election) as it was a history of Mexico in terms of its ruling figures. The Peña Nieto “reforms”, especially in education and PEMEX management, do not benefit at least half the population, but … in his analysis… are “progressive” in that they benefit those who now hold power.

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