Corruption in Mexico

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Corruption in Mexico

juris
Has Mexico always been a corrupt place or is it a recent thing? I am not saying this to disparage Mexicans but it seems that nothing can get done because of the pervasive corruption which seems to infest everything, top to bottom.  Politicians and police seem to be bought and sold and it is all treated with a shrug. Mind you, you question the whole notion of a "war on drugs," but at the very least govt. has responsibility to protect its citizents and this does not seem to be done. Before I go on any further I am just looking for an explanation as to the roots of the corruption and how wide spread it is. I know, the U.S. is not perfect but it is a better model than what Mexico seems to have. Any input welcome.
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Re: Corruption in Mexico

Bjeff
Lázaro Cárdenas del Río was perceived as an honest president. My opinion however, is that his defunct socialist policies laid the ground for future corruption, but I am sure it was unintended.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%C3%A1zaro_C%C3%A1rdenas 
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Re: Corruption in Mexico

El_Cuatro_Veinte
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If you know spanish watch the movie "La ley de Herodes"
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Re: Corruption in Mexico

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@juris.  Thanks for your post.  I have a lot of interest in the subject of corruption and it's corollary "impunity".  Corruption buys impunity (freedom to do as you want without worrying about the consequences).  That is the core problem that has to be solved to stop the violence in Mexico.  I have a gillion notes in my "documents" files on my PC, but for a short answer to your questions look at the story I am re-posting as soon as I finish this answer.  (The People of Mexico Have Sold Their Soul).
Words are powerful weapons, be careful how you use them.
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Re: Corruption in Mexico

Frontera
Maybe this will explain corruption in Mexico and when it started.

Back when the Spanish invaded Mexico and were trying to get details of his riches from Montezuma there was only one Spanish person that spoke the local language, so he was the translator.

Through the Spanish translator they kept asking Montezuma where all of his gold was hidden. They tortured him and finally he told the Spanish translator where all of his gold and riches were hidden.

The Spanish General asked the Spanish translator what Montezuma had just said because he felt he said something important, to wit the Spanish translator stated that Montezuma said "Tell the General to go screw himself" thereafter Montezuma was killed and the Spanish, now Mexican translator became rich.

That is when corruption started in Mexico.
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Re: Corruption in Mexico

K_Mennem
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When looking at Mexico's corruption most people compare it to the U.S.

Take a step back and compare it to other Latin American countries. Its much better as far as corruption than say Venezuela, Haiti, Honduras, maybe even Colombia...

We all want Mexico to rid corruption, but its hard to expect too much with the factors they are dealing with.

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MrJayDub
Álvaro Obregón is Mexicos most honest President because he could only steel with one hand...lol