The problem with Mexico is the problem with us

As our southern neighbor, Mexico shows up quite a bit in US policy discussions. The problem is that all of those involve critique of how we deal with Mexico on specific issues, not an overview of the relationship between the United States and Mexico.

If we examine it further, we can see how the United States is a disaster for Mexico.

This is not as simple as the drug war. If you were looking for an article which, sheepishly condescending like a kindergarten teacher, would tell you that changing a single piece of our policy could magically fix everything, you’re on the wrong blog.

The United States is a disaster for Mexico for two reasons:

  • Wealth disparity. We are a wealthy nation; Mexico is poor (but not as poor as it has been, and not as rich as it was under the Spaniards). Therefore, labor is going to flow one way and cash another. This will have several consequences:
    1. Instability. Mexico’s economy will become accustomed to the flow of money from the north and come to depend on it.
    2. Surrogacy. Mexico will find no need to develop its own economy for its own ends, since it expects the American economy to be its host.
    3. Resentment. It’s a self-esteem blow to lose self-sufficiency. Not only does the host become resented, but so does the dependent. Mexico’s self-esteem takes a whack and hatred for the US increases.
  • Incompatibility. No two objects can occupy the same space; no two types of government can occupy the same nation; no two cultures can occupy the same civilization. Diversity has historically always failed, and where it exists in the modern world, exists as two things:
    1. Food and talking points. Any conversation about diversity inevitably involves both ethnic food and self-back-patting for being so open-minded, compassionate, tolerant, experimental, adventurous, on the wild side, etc. People of the majority ethnic group advocate diversity to appear holier than the rest of us, but when pressed on its advantages, they can only name ethnic food. Why? In addition to other factors, because diversity self-reduces. When you import people of many cultures to one place, they lose those cultures by assimilation, and so all that’s left is the local buffet.
    2. Gigantic social cost. Not just all the moneymaker programs that hire useless people to tell the rest of us how to live, but the costs of trying to fit different standards into the same boat and the result fracas; also, the inevitable conflict borne out of resentment for the majority and thus guerrilla tactics including crime and violence, then fading away into the ghetto. These show up in every diverse culture. Usually the minority is fully aware of having been imported to do unskilled labor and hates it.

    We are taught by repetition through schools, helpful government propaganda TV programs like Sesame Street and Schoolhouse Rock, and even the opinions of our favorite entertainers, that diversity is our strength. In fact, it’s a futile quest to cram together two or more opposing things:

  • Blame. When you put two kids together, it’s too easy for them to blame each other for their own inability to stop fidgeting and fighting. With the USA and Mexico being semi-conjoined yet not the same nation, the two are constantly blaming each other. Mexico blames the USA for Mexico’s inability to stop drug lords from running its country; the USA blames Mexico for the USA’s inability to stop its citizens from getting high on anything they can get their hands on.
  • Bad escape valve. Emigrating to the USA forms an escape valve for Mexicans that encourages them to avoid fixing the vast and structural problems in their culture; in the meantime, cheap Mexican labor encourages Americans to accept more mediocrity, laziness and a spreading of the labor pool as opposed to a concentration of knowledge and refinement of knowledge regarding many of these tasks. Even more, the two nations feed off each other:

    On Monday, the Central Bank of Mexico reported that remittances or wire transfers to Mexico increased by 5.48 percent between January and March over the same period in 2010.

    In the first quarter of the year, remittances rose to $5.1 billion, from the $4.83 billion in the first three months of 2010.

    The announcement further confirms the results of Pew Hispanic Center study released in late 2010, which found that while every demographic of native-born workers has lost millions of jobs during this deep recession, foreign-born workers have actually increased their employment numbers.

    Since June 2009, immigrants (including illegal aliens) have gained 656,000 jobs, while U.S. born workers lost 1.2 million jobs during that same period. – Examiner.com

    This won’t end well. Mexico suffers when its labor pool goes to the USA; USA suffers when money leaves the country and, because jobs are dumbed down to accommodate the unskilled and inexpensive labor picked up off the curb-corners of Home Depot stores, the USA drives skilled labor out of construction and other basic jobs.

When you see the shocking violence, or the appalling death toll, remember that those are effects of the fundamental imbalance in US-Mexico relations, not causes in themselves:

For anyone dreaming of an imminent end to the criminal bloodbath tormenting Mexico, April was perhaps the cruelest month.

More than 1,400 gangland killings were clocked, by one newspaper’s count, giving April the highest death toll of the 53 months since President Felipe Calderon unleashed the military and federal police against the country’s crime syndicates. The toll includes more than 300 bodies pulled from mass graves near the South Texas border and in other northern Mexican states.

Many of the graves’ victims were killed weeks, even months earlier. Still, nearly 40 people a day were slain last month, according to Milenio, the newspaper that tallied the 1,402 deaths. In April’s last week alone, gunmen abducted 11 city police officers, including the force’s chief, in a Monterrey suburb. – Houston Chronicle

We watch these tragedies daily, and notice how many immigrants drown or die of exposure trying to get across. Do we have a solution?

The liberal “solution” is to import more voters by legalizing illegal immigrants. The only thing that gives them pause is that Mexican immigrants do not behave like good Democrat stoolies; in fact, they not only resent African-Americans as much as the white majority, but tend to favor conservative social values, which stands in opposition to Democratic policy.

The conservative “solution” is either to continue keeping these immigrants illegal so we can pay them nothing (which in turn guts the American economy by slanting it toward unskilled, low-cost labor and away from high-tech solutions and well-trained, specialized labor) or to bloviate about how terrible it is these people are crossing our Holy Border to come work for table scraps.

A new way must be found, because right now, the situation isn’t helping either nation. Clearly some members of both civilizations are seeing benefit, but only at the expense of others, and in turn the whole.

12 Comments

  1. Slava Mirkocic says:

    Could allow Mexican nationals to apply for jobs with Mexican passports and then pay them with electronic Mexican Pay Cards, or MPCs.

    They can use MPCs for approved items like food and even shelter, but it would make it impossible to send cash out of the country, ensuring that their earnings are spent in American stores.

    1. They can use MPCs for approved items like food and even shelter, but it would make it impossible to send cash out of the country, ensuring that their earnings are spent in American stores.

      Not a bad idea, but we’re still using them as cheap labor. Better to have them work for Mexico and strengthen Mexico’s ability to produce wealth for itself, instead of keeping it hooked to the teat of the USA.

  2. Vance says:

    So the Muhammad Ali clip is supposed to bolster the arguments of this post? The clip is entertaining and makes for great theatre, but not one single word of that emotional seizure is rooted in fact. Okay, so since Muhammad Ali has a fit and points out the excruciatingly obvious (that buzzards usually don’t mate with sparrows), all of a sudden I can’t indulge in one of humanity’s most gratifying taboos (dating someone of another race)? Unless the birth defect or mortality rate is higher among babies of mixed race, then any temper tantrums about light brown skin or knappy hair are nothing more than adolescence disguised as defending racial/cultural purity (which always makes for great theatre).

    Sure, 99.9% of mixed race couples are riddled with the same miscellaneous character issues infecting the rest of humanity. But there is no reason to believe, in either a healthy society or an unhealthy one, that allowing mixed couples to fall in love and copulate somehow signals the end of racial purity. And any man or woman of any race who insists that they have zero capacity to find some members of the opposite sex of different races (races, NOT different species, for christ’s sake) extremely attractive is living in denial and likely resents themselves for it. Gotta go.

    1. So the Muhammad Ali clip is supposed to bolster the arguments of this post?

      It reinforces them: diversity does not work. The problem is not the groups involved, but diversity itself.

      But there is no reason to believe, in either a healthy society or an unhealthy one, that allowing mixed couples to fall in love and copulate somehow signals the end of racial purity.

      I don’t know about racial purity, but if a group wants to resist the dual forces of commerce and government, it’s essential to have a strong cultural center grounded in group identity.

    2. mike says:

      “all of a sudden I can’t indulge in one of humanity’s most gratifying taboos (dating someone of another race)”

      You sound like an utter faggot, Vance. Your smug pseudo-rebellious attitude is infantile. You know nothing about science or history. Kill yourself.

  3. John Parker says:

    Thank you Brett for a great analysis of the Mexico-US problem. I like the late, great Samuel Huntington’s take on the origins of civilizational conflict, and use his thesis in my classes. Simplistic “it will all work out in the end” liberal positions and “send em all back” with a box lunch and stern warning to not come back nativist/white nationalist solution belie the realities and complexities of our border problems.

    Do you have an opinion as to what “new way” approach might be tried that would be of benefit to both countries?

    1. Do you have an opinion as to what “new way” approach might be tried that would be of benefit to both countries?

      In my humble view, the only solution is a healthier Mexico. The first step to that would be to militarize the border and cut down on drug traffic; I also recommend that Americans resume the policy of chasing down drug users, to deprive the market of its audience. Further, considering making California into a liberal super-state where we legalize all drugs would alleviate the financial incentive. But really, what is needed is for Mexico to be stronger and to stop being used as an extended labor pool for the USA. Much of the solution to that lies in (a) enforcing immigration laws we already have, and stopping our “sanctuary cities” policy and (b) end anti-discrimination legislation. That way, Mexico’s best work for Mexico, and Mexico has a healthier view of itself. I also think we should have a length chat with our content producers about how Mexico is represented in American film and television.

  4. danielj says:

    Burritos and Dora the Explorer.

  5. James says:

    I think you are right in the long term. A Mexico in which Mexicans wish to live instead of a narco state would be best for all involved. In the short term to stop the bleeding I think Pat Buchanan’s outline for immigration reform always seem’s like a good start to me:

    # 10-year moratorium on all legal immigration at a level between 150,000 and 250,000 per year
    # A 2,000-mile (3,200 km) double-line security fence between the United States and Mexico
    # A federally legislated end to all social welfare benefits for illegal aliens, except for emergency medical services
    # A crackdown on major businesses that chronically hire illegal aliens and the elimination of deductibility for all wages paid to illegals
    # A federal law to “restate the true meaning of the 14th Amendment” and denial of automatic citizenship to “anchor babies” born to illegal aliens
    # A policy allowing immigrants to bring in only wives and non-adult children
    # An end to dual citizenship in the United States
    # A deportation program beginning with all aliens convicted of felonies and every gang member who is not a citizen of the United States

    I think Drug legalization/decriminalization is another good step. Let the defective weed themselves out. And I’m no Libertarian but marijuana is one of the biggest “exports’ from Mexico. Decriminalized, most potheads would just grow their own pot if given the chance. It’s a plant and I’m against making nature illegal. As a believer in State’s Rights and decentralization I’d leave it to each state to decide though.

  6. Slava Mirkocic says:

    The process has no solution. The resolution is equilibrium. Once America is as shitty as Mexico, the problem will not exist.

    Ideally, the simplest and best solution would be a wall the length of the border. A real wall.

  7. Patrick Hall says:

    Eliminate Mexico’s problems by eliminating the United Snakes’ problems:

    Namely, Freemasonry and all that it entails.

  8. crow says:

    Good Heavens!!!
    I rarely watch videos, so I missed this until now…
    How sick is that shameful white Parkinson creature?
    Where does such a mentality come from?
    It’s simply inexplicable to both me and my wife.
    Ali gets a whole new respect from us :)

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