Chapter 2. Mexico Is Not a Democracy

This chapter gives a brief description of Mexico’s political system.
When you analyze the political structure of Mexico, its political organization is, in a way, superior to that of the United States.
However, this is a fantasy. A political structure is only as good as the reverence it gets from its constituents. The reverence that Mexicans have for its political system is nil.
Historically, Mexico has been a de facto dictatorship. Since 1929 until the present, all presidents, except two, have been "appointed" by one political party.
The taxpayers finance the political campaigns directly. The Mexican Treasury sets aside taxpayer’s funds to grant to the political parties. The system is rigged so that the ruling party obtains the majority of the campaign funds. This chapter explains how that works. In addition, private interests contribute to the politicians of their choice.
Mexico is an oligarchy.
A few members of "buenas familias" (good families) control access to political office and top-level executive positions. Not much different from the United States. Except that in the United States a person from humble origins, who is non-white, now has an opportunity to reach high political office and become an entrepreneur, even president.
Mexico is a racist country.
Yes, persons of white ancestry control Mexico. In a country where the majority of the population is dark-skinned, only the light-skinned have an opportunity to become successful. This is possible via a system of subtle, unwritten social exclusions. In simple terms, if you do not have the accepted looks, the doors will not open.
Look at the current and two past presidents of Mexico on the left panel. Since Mexico became independent from Spain, there has only been one Indian president.
The preference for the European look in Mexico is one of the reasons why the majority of Mexicans migrating to the United States are dark-skinned and look indigenous.

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