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I for one, do not welcome our new overlords

16 December 2013

It’s a process of destruction of the constitutional system that began in November 1991 when Article 27 was reformed in order to open the door to plundering and privatization of communal lands. Now it’s culminating in December 2013, when an even more radical counter-reform just destroyed that pillar article of the Constitution.

So wrote Adolfo Gilly for last Friday’s La Jornada . With unprecedented haste, and following on massive constitutional changes meant as much as anything to preserve the political status quo (not only allowing for re-election to federal offices below State Governor and President of the Republic… which gives incumbents a built-in advantage in legislative offices, and makes it harder than ever for new parties to break into the system… but also locking in political parties as the overseers of elections), over the weekend, a majority of states ratified changes to the constitution that will permit the hardly discussed, and barely debated new energy laws to go into effect.

These undebated constitutional changes, while maintaining the fiction of Mexican ownership of subsoil resources, allow for private (and foreign) extraction of those resources without a just return on the profits to the Mexican people. This is not government by, for and of the people — either of Mexico nor of the major beneficiary of these changes (the United States), but it is

…subordinating sovereignty, economy, rights, salaries, wages, territory, nature, and the Mexican nation to the interests and tiosam1-273x300necessities of the neighboring nation, the United States, and its financial and military institutions, constitut[ing] an overturn of historical dimensions still hard to imagine. It’s about a sneak attack, carried out without discussion or consultation, that does not respond to the interests of the nation and its people but to the interests of the current beneficiaries of those politics and their allies and local associates. Nor is it about the interests of the people of the United States but rather those of Wall Street and the Pentagon.

(Translation by Julia Kawamura at Mexico Voices)



2 Comments leave one →
  1. 16 December 2013 1:18 pm

    making changes is a good thing for everyone. it shows you are growing and willing to make sacrifices which include both good and bad. I believe you want the USA to make changes (as I do ) about gun ownership, as an example. But as in this example, the USA refuses to make any changes to a 200 year old idea and you can read on a daily basis what the cost is.
    Mexico needs to make changes in both the education system and in this case to access deep water oil. The majority wants to make these changes with no fantasy that all will be 100% perfect….it never is and never will be perfect. It is about moving forward and not being tied to a 75 year old idea that worked out fine for 50 years.
    I personally do not think the US oil companies are going to profit like the US media and PRD proclaim. It is a big world, there are countries (like China) who have mountains of money to spend. Falling into the US oil company’s and PRD’s propaganda is a mistake. let’s wait until the rules are made and contracts are signed.

  2. Bebe permalink
    23 December 2013 4:22 pm

    ¡Pobre México! ¡Tan lejos de Dios y tan cerca de los Estados Unidos! I think whoever said that (it wasn’t Porfirio) knew its double meaning. Isn’t it time for Mexico to stop whining about evil foreigners stealing its patrimony, and start looking at itself for the reasons la vida no es sueño? As sympathetic to Mexico’s history as I am, I find the continuing xenophobia quite tiresome.

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