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, 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?