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[ 12 ] July 5, 2013 |

Doing a bit of travel writing on my month in Mexico for RI Future. Put up my first entry today on the Tlatelolco Massacre of 1968 and the perils of the 1-party state, both in Mexico and Rhode Island.


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  1. Much later,…

    As in my students’ papers, that’s the transition between encyclopedia/travel guide material and the actual essay. At least you know better than to try to argue causality…

  2. cpinva says:

    in their 12 year political exile, the PRI doesn’t really seemed to have learned any substantive lessons. same old lousy domestic policies, that help no one but mexico’s 1%.

    • Erik Loomis says:

      Yeah, the PRI sucks but the PAN is a party of neoliberal capitalism and the PRD is the party of the urban intellectuals that has done a terrible job of building connections with the rural poor. And of course the two times the PRD did come close to winning, the election was stolen, including in 2006.

      • DocAmazing says:

        the two times the PRD did come close to winning, the election was stolen, including in 2006

        Thank you. I can’t tell you how many times US liberals have told me I was paranoid or sensationalizing for stating that.

  3. efgoldman says:

    We in Rhode Island have a small sense of what it’s like to live under a 1-party state. The Democratic Party is so dominant in Rhode Island politics that anyone with aspirations to power becomes a Democrat, even if they don’t actually believe in the party’s principles. That’s how we get embarrassing bills like anti-choice license plates. That’s how a legislature with a 6:1 Democratic majority passes a racist voter ID bill. That’s how a party theoretically dedicated to reducing the gap between the rich and poor decimates worker pensions and attacks public sector unions. That’s how someone like Gina Raimondo, Wall Street hack, has an excellent chance of becoming the next governor of the state. What does it even mean to be a Democrat in Rhode Island? We have outstanding senators and some really great people in the state legislature, but then we also have some people who betray the very nature of the Democratic Party for their own political advancement.

    Erik, even if we buy all of that, what’s the solution, in a little tiny state, mostly made up of old mill cities? I mean, its fine to say now that the public sector unions and the state should have know better in the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s. That is true of a lot of Northeast and rustbelt states and big cities. Unfortunately (and I say this as liberal and union supporter) the future, as it was, really looks unsustainable. There are incremental steps that can and will be taken (my town, for instance, after years of trying, is finally going to merge four fire districts, each with its own administration, purchasing, and pension plan, into one; in MA they are encouraging local pension plans to merge with the state plan, at considerable savings.)
    Did RI choose the best way out of the existing mess? I have no idea. But states, unlike the Feds, can’t run a deficit, and i didn’t hearany credible alternatives.
    Also too, i haven’t heard of RI massacring protesters in the street, or torturing and disappearing them.

    • Erik Loomis says:

      Higher property taxes for the giant properties in Newport and the east bay would be a start.

      • efgoldman says:

        Higher property taxes for the giant properties in Newport and the east bay would be a start.

        For better or worse, property taxes are set at the local level. If you can figure out away to get the municipalities, which are owned by the same folks who own the properties, to do that, more power to you.

  4. efgoldman says:

    BTW, Erik, did you got Brazil, too?

    Local news media say the spectators also decapitated Silva and stuck his head on a stake in the middle of the field.

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