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¡Viva México!

Héctor Aguilar Camín, writing in today’s Milenio:

I like the country that we have today much more than the country of Independence that I have visited in books. … I like the priest Hidalgo that we’ve invented and that we remember much more than the flesh and blood Hidalgo who sacked Guanajuato.

The costs of the Latin American wars of independence were summed up by Bolívar: “We’ve won independence at the cost of everything else.” Bolívar was right. The best about all of this is that it is in the past, and we don’t have to repeat it. …

The Mexico of 2010 is a better country than its past, despite the current bad mood. Better in relation to what? Better in terms of becoming a country that is ‘civilized’ or ‘developed’ or ‘modern.’  Which is to say, the dream of a prosperous, equitable, democratic nation. Say what you will: we are closer to this today than we were 200 years ago.

The best country that Mexico has been is this one. And the best Mexico that we can have is the one that will follow this one, the one that we hope for going forward.

Castañeda and Aguilar Camín: A Future for Mexico

The Mexico Institute of the Wilson Center has posted an English version of an extended essay by Jorge Castañeda and Héctor Aguilar Camín entitled A Future for Mexico.  The original was published in Nexos. From the essay:

Mexico is a prisoner of its History. Inherited ideas, sentiments and interests keep Mexico from swiftly moving to the place yearned for by its citizens. The history that has been logged in our national psyche—in its laws, its institutions, its habits, and fantasies—obstructs the country’s future trajectory. It has been famously observed that politicians are held hostage by dead economists. Similarly, public life in Mexico is held hostage by the decisions of its dead Presidents, by the political inheritance of statism and corporatism that we call “revolutionary nationalism” and is sheltered by that mythical acronym—PRI—that today is both a minority party and the reigning political culture.

Mexico needs to be emancipated from its past. It could achieve this through democratic means, making the 2012 election a referendum on its future. What follows is a proposal for that future, to be debated and hopefully included in a platform and voted for in 2012, so that year’s elections not merely be about individuals or parties, but also about the prosperous, egalitarian, and democratic country Mexicans want: a middle class society indistinguishable from others around the globe.

The full version is here.