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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.

Castañeda: ‘The most transcendental proposal since NAFTA’

Former Foreign Minister Jorge Castañeda, who took the government to the Inter-American Human Rights Court over the issue of independent candidacies, called the political reform proposal “the most transcendental proposal since Salinas [called for] the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1993.” “Without reforming the essential institutions of the old authoritarian priista regime, Mexico is paralyzed. The Mexican political system, ever since the PRI lost its majority the Chamber in 1997, hasn’t functioned. It doesn’t allow decisions to be taken, to innovate, nor confront the country’s challenges,” he wrote.

Cordero draws mixed reviews

The naming of Ernesto Cordero, 41, as Minister of Finance drew mixed reviews. Business Coordinating Council president Armando Paredes endorsed the choice and said the private sector looked forward to working together with him on the needed economic reforms. Echoing many others, former Foreign Minister Jorge Castañeda wrote that, “For the first time since [Luis Echeverría named José López Portillo as Minister of Finance in 1973] the leadership of Hacienda is in the hands of someone nominated for exclusively political motives and without the best evident technical qualifications.”   (Reforma 12/10, 12/10)