Mexico's Turbulent Transition to Democracy
Author: Carlos Luken
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
View: 6816Writing about Mexico is seldom easy; the country’s dynamics make it almost impossible to isolate any bit of data without having it grow obsolete in a very short span of time. Sometimes its hard for a Mexican to understand our own cultural idiosyncrasies, it is complex for a person of a different nationality to do so. I began writing my weekly column in a very interesting time for Mexico. The country was passing thru the beginning stages of shedding its inadequate “Third World” status and struggling to evolve and become a modern State. It is very diffi cult for a person unfamiliar with Mexican History or Culture, to judge and at times avoid being prejudicial for the relative slowness of the process toward advance; in an effort to place my readers into a proper frame of mind, I have taken the liberty of borrowing a term not customarily used in political science, I often refer to Mexico’s progression as “Evolution”, this term implies perfectly the three key characteristics of the development process . . . Transformation, Survival and Time. After time some observers have come across another frequent and disconcerting feature . . . . Concurrency; the Mexican theater has many stages and each one has a different drama, author and actors. To make matters more complicated all plays are playing simultaneously in different acts. Explaining the Mexican drama to non-Mexicans is quite a challenge. Trying to translate words from one viewpoint to another only requires language skills (This can be easily accessed with any English-Spanish dictionary); but communicating concepts and ideas if they are to be understood, needs the foundation of what call I “Cultural Interface”. For understanding Mexico, “Cultural Interface” is an essential requirement; Mexican words or expressions although adequately translated seldom mean the same, political terminology never does. Being Mexican and having been raised in the Mexico-U.S. Border I acquired the vantage point of a Bi-cultural perspective. This quality made “Cultural Interface” easy and clear; but understanding is a two way street, it requires knowledge and comprehension by both sides; as a wise old uncle once told me “Manana is never Tomorrow, and next Monday never comes after Sunday” . . . . That’s it in a nutshell!. After years of writings on different topics regarding Mexico, I felt that there was enough material to summarize the political transcripts into an attempt to explain the weekly progressions and retreats that are transforming the Mexican political system into what we hope that in time, will be a modern Democracy. The title (300 WEEKS) does not refer to 300 weekly writings; to be frank I never counted the columns selected for this book. The term loosely refers to a Mexican political benchmark, “The Sexenio” (or “The six years”) which is the duration of a Mexican presidential term (The reader must remember that “No reelection” is one of Mexico’s sacred political commandments). Therefore “300 WEEKS” refers to a particular political era of transformation in which Mexico’s turbulent transition to democracy began and still continues.