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¿Viva la contra-revolucción?

3 January 2014

Lorenzo Meyer in Reforma (via Mexico Voices, translation by Sally Seward):

It took the Mexican Revolution thirty years to dismantle Porfirio Díaz’s regime and to create the small or large amount of good it could, from 1910 to 1940. It took almost the same amount of time, from 1982 to 2013, for the neoliberal right to dismantle that small or large amount of good created by the governments of Madero through Lázaro Cárdenas, leaving the country today at the mercy of the “invisible hand” of the market or, rather, of the very visible hands of the few that control the market and politics.

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… after the economic system that had been in force since World War II-that of import substitution through protectionism-was declared bankrupt. Another bankruptcy had already taken place: the moral one, as a consequence of the open repression of anti-authority movements, like that in 1968, or of the electoral fraud in 1988. The Presidency of Carlos Salinas (1988-1994) no longer found any use for the revolutionary discourse, or the possibility to legitimize themselves with it, since it could no longer be credibly mixed with globalization and neoliberalism.

The lackluster and absurd official celebration of the centenary of the Mexican Revolution in 2010 was the preamble to the third death of the Mexican Revolution, which can be dated to December 2013 when the coalition of the PRI [Institutional Revolutionary Party] and the PAN [National Action Party] reformed the Constitution to throw out the last trace of the movement: nationalized petroleum.

This third and definitive death of what was born in 1910 was celebrated only by the privileged elite. The true celebration took place outside of Mexico in the winning international circles, as is shown clearly by what was published in the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, the Financial Times, Forbes, etc. Who celebrates, who protests and who stays on the sideline-the majority-are the best indicators of who won and who lost with this historic change.

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