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The problems of the political class

16 March 2015

Film director and novelist Guillermo del Toro recently put his finger on the problem with the present leadership in this country.  During a recent press conference at the Guadalajara International Film Festival, he rattled a few cages, and raised a few eyebrows when he remarked “I would love to sit down with the political class and light a fire under them so they might have a sense of history, rather than just a desire to steal… Many of us will be forgotten, but the bullshit they do will be remembered by history.”

The political class too often tries to emulate their counter-parts north of the border (a country with a notorious sense of amnesia when it comes to national history) in pushing “new” proposals that aren’t really new, or in introducing bills that undo standing rules (like the strict separation of church and state in education) that came about through long historical processes.  However, the people are not north-of-the-border people … it’s nothing to find taxi drivers who can map out Pancho Villa’s battle plans, or street vendors who know where the Emperor Montezuma once walked, or farmers who can quote Benito Juárez.  The people don’t forget… whether they will continue to forgive I can’t say.


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  1. 16 March 2015 10:52 am

    I know I am supposed to stick to the topic, but let me just say first that I am a HUGE fan of yours – I live in Ajijic and whenever we have visitors who are the least bit interested in Mexican history (sadly, not many) the first book I tell them they MUST read is Gods, Gachupines….

    Then let me add that what you say about Mexicans’ knowledge of history is so true and even though it may be fading a bit with the ubiquity of the global monoculture, Mexicans seem to know far more about their history than Americans do. Yesterday we went out for a little ride on Lake Chapala and the “lanchero” whose boat we hired gave us a thorough dissertation on the history of Mezcala Island, its role in the revolution, and its historical importance to the region. He kept saying “I really don’t know very much, but….” and then there was another paragraph or two.

    Thanks so much — I look forward enormously to all your posts!

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