02 October 2011

Poetry & Politics in Mexico and in the U.S.?

"The movement is significant both for its symbolic value and because, historically, conflict-stricken societies can make meaningful steps toward peace only when their people — not their politicians, but average people — come together in an active movement against the violence."
This observation appears in this perceptive essay by Enrique Krauze on an emergent movement against widespread, ongoing, deadly violence in Mexico published yesterday in The New York Times. The movement rightly seeks to focus not just on the "criminals," but on the corrupt government structures and those who occupy them that have enabled the violence to fester and spread. And it confronts the reality that murderers and corrupt politicians are not only quite unlikely to welcome change, but surely will actively resist it. It confronts the reality too of needing to find practical institutional arrangements that might embody it's oppositional stance.

In all these ways, it seems to me, the incipient oppositional movement in Mexico mirrors the one we are witnessing in Manhattan and, apparently, elsewhere in the U.S..

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