Friday, November 6, 2009

More on Mauricio from Macario

Macario Schettino on Mauricio Fernández and the state's monopoly on justice:
The mayor violates his oath of office in announcing the creation of this group, as it seems to me that the Green Party violated the commitment of all political parties to uphold the Constitution. The illegal actions of a national political party or of a mayor shouldn't be allowed to stand. It doesn't matter if their proposals are applauded or not by the multitudes, they are a flagrant violation of the Constitution by political actors, and that is unacceptable. Or it should be, if we want to make Mexico a state governed by the rule of law.

But the case of Mr. Fernández is possibly even worse, given that he announces concrete actions in violation of the law. And he is the mayor of own of the wealthiest cities of the country, and a member of the party of the president. It's not a minor thing then.

When the state doesn't have sufficient resources to adequately provide public goods, people seek to obtain them on their own. In the same with near-public goods, such as education, health, and public security. With a government pauperized but by fiscal populism, those who can send their children to private school, care for themselves in private health centers, and for a pair of decades now they also surround themselves with private security. Today, they also want the private administration of justice. But that really is a threat to national security.

This is precisely the reason for being of the frontal attack on drug trafficking and organized crime, which some do not understand and reject. That since 2006, in the final months of the Fox administration, it turned into a national security threat, and stopped being a public security problem. If we add to that threat the attempt by private groups to administer justice, we will have started down a certain path toward being a failed state. Precisely because those are the goods that the state alone provides.

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