To say that Mexico today is a land of contradiction, contrast, and almost endless complexity in the eyes of even the most sympathetic observers would not be stretching the point.
Socioeconomic change in Mexico is taking place at an ever-accelerating pace
Socioeconomic change in Mexico is taking place at an ever-accelerating pace, and it may be the case that whatever solutions that are needed to help Mexican society to reach its evolutionary goals are not only conceivable but ever more insistent in the collective subconscious of the Mexican people.
Where is Mexico headed? Businesses in the United States, as well as those from overseas continue to relocate their plants to Mexico. This means more money is available to the average Mexican worker, and more money means more opportunity.
By and large this money, like the remittances sent home from the United States and Canada by so many millions of Mexicans, more often than not goes towards sound , long-term investment. Homes are built and/or remodeled, higher education is pursued and – all in all – the kind of investment that makes for across-the-board socioeconomic improvement takes place.
The millions of Mexicans that have emigrated to the Unites States have bought homes and started businesses and learned many marketable skills in their new homeland. As this wealth, experience and knowledge are shared with their compatriots back home in Mexico, changes are bound to take place – changes that will have long-term as well as more immediate consequences. Corruption in high places is often seen as a problem endemic to Mexican politics (of course, with Donald Trump in power in the United States, criticism of this nature directed at Mexico from the U.S. is accompanied by an extremely unpleasant tinge of hypocrisy). Will this rising-tide-that-is-lifting-all-boats effect that has been set in action by the “envio” of hundreds of millions of dollars back home to families prove to be a crucial factor in Mexico’s future and one that leads to a reconstruction of Mexican government along more egalitarian lines?
Some historians insist that great social and cultural changes are, at the very least, catalyzed by significant increases in the quantity of capital that is available to a society. Re Mexico, the capital is there. Along with this redistribution of wealth, will there be a redistribution of political and economic power?
Draconian drug sentences in America are now seen as a problem, not as a solution as it was a few generations back. Ill advised and ill begotten, the once-vaunted war on drugs has served as a vote-getting strategy that has helped to put opportunistic politicians in office while doing little to end the scourge of hard drugs in America. In fact, it might have worsened the situation more than anything else has.
First time drug offenders, often nonviolent youths, have been given stiff drug sentences for years now in an ill-conceived attempt on the part of conservative forces to ‘storm trooper” the problem of drug addiction and related crime, much – if not most – of it caused by this self same Draconian sentencing policy Continue reading →
Conspiracies and HistoryDecoded makes for a most intriguing detective story, and one whose scale is as interesting as its content. Author Brad Meltzer has given us a fascinating look at some of history’s biggest conspiracies and the real facts behind them. Continue reading →
Racism bad for kids, and can do them lots of harm.
Racism bad for kids…can cause severe anxiety and depression
Racism hurts. Even if the stings and arrows that come one’s way are only verbal – and sometimes especially if they are only verbal can inflict lasting damage – damage of the kind that may take longer to heal than that of a strictly physical nature.
Although adult victims hurt too when they find themselves to be the victims of racism, they have, at least, the advantage of age and experience when it comes to dealing with this form of persecution. Children, however, are much moe vulnerable. Their psychic faculties being in an early stage of development, they are ill-equipped to fight this battle without the love and wisdom of a presiding elder.
staff blogger, yourblackworld.net –
– “Ask most adults and they can probably recount an instance of blatant or subversive racism. Equipped with life experiences and coping mechanisms, most adults are able to deal with racism in ways that are healthy and non-destructive.
A new study is suggesting that the youngest victims of racism may have a difficult time understanding and processing someone disliking or even hating them because of the color of their skin.
Victims of racism experience mental health issues
A report inSocial Science & Medicine says that young people who experience racism or racist treatment are more likely to struggle with mental health issues such as depression and anxiety as both children and later as teens.
The report’s lead researcher, Naomi Priest, of the University of Melbourne in Australia stated that, “The review showed there are strong and consistent relationships between racial discrimination and a range of detrimental health outcomes such as low self-esteem, reduced resilience, increased behavior problems and lower levels of well-being.”’
On the parallels and similarities between Weimar Germany and America today…
Weimar Germany and America Today…their fear of starvation and homelessness finally led many of them to rally around the Nazi banner. Continue reading →
What do his theories and books mean to people of color and Jews in America?
Extremism depends on brains before the use of brawn is even a consideration. We are very much creatures of ideas. The street violence that accompanies right wing racism is the effect of a deeper cause – i.e. Von Clausewitz‘ “war that is politics by other means.” Continue reading →
Serious problems at home make it doubtful whether America can continue to play the role of “World Supercop” that it has played since World War II.
There were lines the United States would never think to cross
“As the 20th century came to an end, international politics still included a number of bad actors and many states wary of the preponderant power of the United States. And certainly there were lines the United States would never think to cross, such as direct confrontation with Russia over the treatment of Chechnya or with China over the treatment of Tibet. It would have to remain prudent in avoiding direct confrontation with the few remaining nuclear powers that could put up a serious fight. An example of this sort of prudence came in early 2001. An American EP-3 surveillance aircraft had to make an emergency landing on Chinese territory after colliding midair with a Chinese fighter plane dispatched to intercept it. With tensions rising, the George W. Bush administration chose to de-escalate the confrontation with an ambiguous statement of apology. “
So says Tod Lindberg in “The Depressed Hyperpower” (Commentary July 2013).
America’s superpower status is taken as a given by some and a sound bite by others these days. It is considered to be a very troubled Superpower by many.
The World’s policeman since the end of World War II
The World’s policeman since the end of World War II American intervention is taken as a given in cases of emergency, with the U.S. expected to take an active – and sometimes proactive – role in putting together military coalitions when and where such intervention sis called for. Some cases, such as the 1st Iraq War of 1991, are more attractive to America’s allies than others – such as George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq in 2003 (and the difficulty he encountered in talking other countries into joining the American expeditionary force).
Europe, to cite an example, did not even intervene militarily – for whatever – reason in its own back yard in the nineteen nineties when thousands of Bosnian Muslims were slaughtered by their Serb neighbors and erstwhile compatriots. America, however, did intervene.
Today, with America’s fall from grace both economically and psychologically, may have to redefine its role in world affairs.
Read on for more of Tod Lindberg’s interesting take on what’s ailing The United States re its ability to continue to be the world’s ruling superpower.
Village Creek said no to racism From Connecticut Magazine, June 2011
Restrictive covenants were a fact of life through the nineteen sixties – and later – in the United States of America. Discrimination against minority groups was the norm, and if you were the wrong color, ethnicity, or religion many neighborhoods were unavailable to you. There was a notable exception, and that was Village Creek, Connecticut. This community of brave pioneers was interracial at a time when interracial marriage was against the law in many, if not most American states and (at a time when) almost none of the post World War 2 housing developments that were sprouting like mushrooms in America did not accept Black people.
“Through their police intermediaries, the Jesuit officials asked Willcox about the black family seen at the beach party. Willcox explained that they were friends who were thinking of buying home lots. The Jesuits sold their property within a week and soon vacated the island.
“After this incident, the word got out in the greater community and we were shunned,” says Willcox. “Before that, people were welcoming, but after that, forget it. I couldn’t get FHA insurance for mortgages. We were told flatly that we would have to get rid of our covenants if we wanted FHA mortgage insurance. I told them, ‘We are a cooperative and we are not going to change our covenants.’ The covenants were the whole basis for why we were there in the first place. And they said, ‘Then you don’t get any loans.’ As a result, we have never had an FHA-insured mortgage in Village Creek to this day.”
“During the ‘Red Scare’ this place was called ‘Commie Creek’,” says Phil Oppenheimer. “Because many of the homes here have flat roofs, some guy began spreading the idea that they were designed in this way to direct Soviet bombers to New York City,” says Hu Lindsay, a graphic designer and longtime Village Creek resident. “We also have houses with a lot of glass facing the water, which some other genius suggested was designed that way to help guide Soviet submarines to New York City.”
“Pogrom is a Russian word meaning “to wreak havoc, to demolish violently.” Historically, the term refers to violent attacks by local non-Jewish populations on Jews in the Russian Empire and in other countries. The first such incident to be labeled a pogrom is believed to be anti-Jewish rioting in Odessa in 1821. As a descriptive term, “pogrom” came into common usage with extensive anti-Jewish riots that swept Ukraine and southern Russia in 1881-1884, following the assassination of Tsar Alexander II. In Germany and eastern Europe during the era of the Holocaust, as in Tsarist Russia, economic, social, and political resentment of Jews reinforced traditional religious antisemitism. This served as a pretext for pogroms.”
– Holocaust Encyclopedia at www.ushmm.org
Political resentment of Jews reinforced traditional religious antisemitism.
In general usage, a pogrom is an outbreak of mass violence directed against a minority religious, ethnic or social group; it usually implies central instigation and control, or at minimum the passivity of local authorities. The term came into widespread usage after the riots of 1881 and 1882 in the Russian Empire. While the standard Russian bureaucratic term for mass unrest was “disorders” (besporiadki), the occasional use of the word pogrom to describe the events of 1881 and 1882 popularised the term in the West.
The Oxford English Dictionary records its first use in the Times of London on 17 March 1882 (“That the ‘Pogromen’ [riots against the Jews] must be stopped . . .”), defining the word as “an organized massacre in Russia for the destruction or annihilation of any body or class: orig. and esp. applied to those directed against the Jews.” In Soviet historio-graphy, the word was applied to violence carried out by reactionary groups against opponents of the tsarist regime, and it thereby gained a political but lost a specifically “Jewish” connotation. In contemporary Russian, pogrom is used for violence directed against any ethnic group.
President Obama – himself the offspring of an interracial marriage – broached the topic of interracial marriage and the planet’s future in his first inaugural address with this statement: “The lines of tribe shall soon dissolve.” With the rapid spread of the internet and (rapid spread of) affordable commercial airline travel, pairing with someone of a different ethnic/racial has become easier and easier.
Until 1967 many states forbade marriages between Caucasians and other races
What are the consequences of this exponentially growing trend? Racial, cultural and ethnic lines are blurring. While mollifying age old ethnic strife, it also temper the belief in “monoethnic” identity among its practitioners and give rise to the need to establish a new set of core values among the children and families of interracial couples. Statistics in the United States of America, where until 1967 many states forbade marriages between Caucasians and those of other races, have shown a marked increase in interracial marriage in the last twenty years. The West and East Coasts in particular have proven to be fertile ground for interracial unions, as is Minneapolis, Minnesota.
There is a plethora of YouTube videos in which interracial couples discuss the challenges incurred by their decision to blur racial lines in their choice of a mate. The talk show called “Another View,” produced in the American state of Virginia, has an interesting installment devoted to airing the experiences of an interracial (African-American husband and Caucasian wife) couple and the African-American wife of a Caucasian husband).
Today’s younger generation has a much easier time accepting such unions
Generally speaking, age is the most important factor – at lest in the United States – in determining whether “IR” relationships will be accepted by friends, family and associates. Today’s younger generation has a much easier time accepting such unions, and their parents are much more tolerant of same than their parents.
Bonds between Black men and White women far outnumber the reverse pairing
Two of the fastest growing categories of Interracial marriage and relationships are those of Black Women and White Men and those involving Asian men and White women. For some reason, there has been a severe imbalance in relationships between these racial groups in the United States up until now, with bonds between Black men and White women outnumbering those in which that race/gender pairing is reversed. The same goes for matches between White men and Asian women, the number of which is growing at a very fast rate but is still eclipsed by unions between White men and Asian women.
White Americans are still the most resistant to interracial couplings
Several facts about interracial marriage and relationships in the United States:
1. Opposition still exists but it is fading fast. Chances are there will be pockets of racists who will continue to resist this trend, but will do so with less and less support from others.
2. White Americans are still the most resistant to interracial couplings, but are rapidly changing their tune.
3. “Mixed” offspring are becoming more and more visible in the U.S. Their unique history and cultural inheritance will make for more balanced and wiser views on life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness in America.