Where blame lays

by Scott ⌂, Mérida, Yucatán, Sunday, February 20, 2011, 19:14 (3900 days ago) @ Craig Scheiner

I do not agree with your assessment of who is responsible. You are reifying the nation-state and blaming that abstract social construct, rather than considering who, in a very real sense, is responsible for the current situation. Blaming the "nation" for their own problems is showing a complete disregard for the historical, social and transnational factors at play here. How is it reasonable to collectively blame the citizens of a country for the decisions of their government when there is effectively no functional democratic system in place, or only a very weak one? Remember Mexico was ruled by what's been called the "perfect dictatorship" for 71 years. How is a destitute peasant in the Montaña region of Guerrero, for example, responsible for the actions of a corrupt, ruling elite, or the decisions of Harvard educated technocrats like Calderon? They live in completely different worlds.

Or what are you suggesting, exactly? That it is their collective responsibility to finish the revolution? Or just to have faith that those corrupt institutions and the ruling classes that control them are acting in the best interests of the "country", and not their own?

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