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22 February 2015

Wow!  Jo Tuckman’s article on “Life After Chapo: kingpin’s arrest spells new era in Mexican drug war” (The Guardian, 20 February 2015) elicited the usual “Well, if WE (i.e., the United States) just legalized marijuana the “problem” would be solved” missing the point Tuckman made that the Sinaloan … ahem… export industry… is flexible, switching to heroin and meth, and that with the retirement of Chapo (supposedly, he’s in prison, but I have my personal doubts) has led to unease among the rank and file.

It was better coverage of Sinaloa than I usually see, but it didn’t sit well with one Guardian commentator, who calls him (or her?)self “gangoffour”.

I really, really would like to hear from this person … damn straight I’d jump at the chance to publish something on “normal” life in the so-called “Golden Triangle” that wasn’t sensationalized or hopelessly academic, but simply a look at “company towns” exploiting Latin American labor for the benefit of US consumers:

Typical clueless gringo writings that are at least 25 years behind the curve. I live in a Sinaloa neighborhood. It has been for decades. The ‘Golden Triangle’ is little more than a maquiladora that supplies the ever flexible and redundant logistics networks embedded in their principal operations hub: southern California. Tens of thousands of Mexicans, legal or not, make their living this way. Millions of red gringos are available at the drop of a sombrero to fight for their rights to practice capitalism according to their now traditional cultural mores. Generically, they’re good neighbors who care about their kids and administer justicia without all the intentional inefficiencies of the US legal system. Chapo Guzman’s wife and girlfriends are well known. You don’t look for trouble with them and they don’t look for trouble with you. We proudly show off our firearms to each other. They are far more proactive and responsive than the draconian local and state governments who tax with impunity but cannot educate the kids, pave the roads, keep the power on or keep the police for creating more problems than they solve. The Sinaloan cartel isn’t remotely cost competitive in the pot biz and encourages your patronage of the local Armenian dispensary if that’s your thing: all locally grown and organic. And unless you’re interested in doing business at the kilo level in heroin or meth, it’s not really in their interest to do business with you. The closest business analogy is to the populous suburban business district that surrounds Bentonville, AR/Wal Mart’s headquarters.

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