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POLI 211
Fillippo Sabetti

Viva America: A survey of Mexico The second revolution -Economic crisis, crime crisis, suicide crisis, etc... BUT positive statistics. -The contrast between Mexico and North America is a big preoccupation. -Differences: America is dominant, Mexico is dependent; America is one of the world’s oldest democracies, Mexico is the world champion of one-party rule; Americans are im- migrants, a majority of Mexicans have indian roots; Americans dream of the future, Mex- icans hark back to the past. -Moving closer together through NAFTA. -Challenge for Mexico: growth. There was the problem of pulling the country out of its crisis. Question of longer term growth. Question of proper democracy. -Economy- growth and then crisis. -Fear that the “market model” might be threatened. -When problems arise, the solution is to deepen reforms. -Coincidence of economic crisis with political instability. Political reforms needed. -”It took 51 years, 45 administrations and much strife after independence from Spain in 1821 before a Mexican leader of any note had a chance to die quietly at his desk.” Benito Juarez (liberal reformer) T
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