Saturday, November 21, 2009

Revolution or Independence

Yesterday was the Day of the Revolution. I suggest everyone celebrate by reading Álvaro Obregón's Wikipedia page.

Mitofsky recently asked whether Mexico's independence or the Mexican Revolution should be more of a cause of celebration. I was somewhat surprised to see that so many Mexicans said the former was the more celebration-worthy event: 41 to 11 percent favored independence. Perhaps that comes from years of partying hard on September 15, but I would have guessed that, rightly or wrongly, the Revolution --both in terms of the historical lessons and they legendary cast of characters-- occupies a more substantial place in Mexican place. And, if you accept the Mitofsky findings, I would have guessed wrong.

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