Monday, December 26, 2011

On Sicilia's Truce and the Philosophy It Represents

Víctor Beltri captures a lot of what I find wrongheaded about Mexican oppositionalism with this line:
Why not direct public attention to the need for confronting national problems with unity, instead of undermining confidence in the institutions?
That is perhaps a bit of a simplification, but there is a lot of truth to it. I tend to think of it as a holdover from the priísta era, in which merely expressing opposition to a closed political system was the most important stance one could take. Today, avenues for collaboration need to be explored and embraced, whereas many of the current movements rooted in frustration with the status quo seem to be searching for excuses to throw up their hands and walk away from the legitimate system. It will be interesting to see if this continues to be a problem to the same degree as more and more voters who have no memory of PRI rule come of age.

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