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    Mexican Gov. Faces Crisis of Legitimacy After Consumption Tax on Oil Catalyzes P

    KIM BROWN: Welcome to The Real News. I’m Kim Brown in Baltimore.

    During the past week, protests took place throughout Mexico in reaction to a 20% price increase for gasoline. The protests have so far resulted in four deaths and the arrests of over 700 people. Also, over 300 stores are said to have been looted throughout the country.

    The gasoline price increase is part of a plan by President Enrique Peña Nieto to eliminate subsidies in the wake of the partial privatization of the country’s oil industry. On Wednesday, President Peña Nieto vowed to continue with the price increases despite the protests.

    Well, joining us today from Mexico City to analyze the situation in Mexico we’re joined by John Ackerman. John is a professor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. He’s also Editor-in-Chief of the Mexican Law Review and a columnist with both La Jornada newspaper and Proceso magazine. John, thank you so much for being here.

    JOHN ACKERMAN: Pleasure, as always, to be on The Real News Network.KIM BROWN: Appreciate it, John. So, John, give us some background about these protests because people are said to be reacting to the price increase of gasoline. So, is that all? Or is there more to this?

    JOHN ACKERMAN: No, this is not just about gas or gas prices. This is another step in the collapse of the legitimacy of the ruling government, the ruling regime. We can compare it, I think, to the government of Carlos Andrés Pérez in Venezuela about 25 years ago, the beginning of the ’90s. Carlos Andrés Pérez came back for his second presidency, and one of his most important reforms was more privatizing — they already had more privatizing then was in Mexico but deepening the privatization of oil in Venezuela. This lead to a fiscal crisis of the state and lead to widespread protests and the collapse of what used to be considered the most stable, centralist democracy in Latin America — Venezuela. And we had a revolution, a peaceful revolution, which lead to a new constitution, lead to a new government. And this is the process we’re in the middle of in Mexico.

    Now, I’m not trying to say that you know, we’re going to have a Chávez coming in, or Maduro, or that Mexico is going to follow the path of Venezuela — for good or for bad, or however you want to look at it — but Mexico is going through a collapse of its sitting government and this is being expressed through the question of oil.

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  • Two way street (1093 posts)
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    1. Obama promised a new economy based on renewable resources so that

    We the People of the United States were not dependent on crude.  That was 2007-08.

    Fascism seem to be dominating the Americas now.

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      3. Fascism is dominating in the Americas now.

      "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. There would be no place to hide."  Frank Church
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        5. Mexico has had huge and numerous demostrations over NAFTA, TPP, Energy and

        many more facist insurgencies that take away the blood sweat and treasure of the Mexican people.  Social democracy is big in Mexico.  Social Democracy is called Liberialism in Mexico.  Most Mexicans are people who are very poor and cannot live on less.  The peso has been devaluated many times in the past.

        2010  https://www.frbatlanta.org/-/media/Documents/filelegacydocs/Jwhi811.pdf

        1994  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mexican_peso_crisis

        2017  Riots  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UU9Hy87GXZQ

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        • Enthusiast (4706 posts)
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          7. Thanks, Two way street.

          "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. There would be no place to hide."  Frank Church
  • Enthusiast (4706 posts)
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    2. Kicked and Recommended! "partial privatization of the country’s oil industry"

    Why should the people of Mexico expect to profit from their own natural resources? That’s how people get into trouble, when they believe the resources belong to them when in fact they belong to the oil industry.

    "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. There would be no place to hide."  Frank Church
    • Two way street (1093 posts)
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      4. Mexico had one of the World's Greatest Revolutions starting in 1910 and

      it took until 1938 for the Mexican People to finally nationalize the Mexican Oil Industry.  It took a long time to finally kick out Right Wing domestic and foreign control of Exon-Mobile, Texaco and Standard Oil (Roosevelt’s).

      Clinton and her Team went in to Mexico when she was Sec of State, and re-privatized Mexico’s Oil Industry.  Rex Tillerson with his Exon, is back!  Rick Perry is setting up the Energy Transfer’s pipeline from the US in to Mexico so that oil from both countries can flow across eminent domain private lands and through federal lands (Big Bend National Park part of the pipeline) to coastal refineries to be exported as crude or crude products.  No tax monies going to our government but apparently partial tax monies going to the Mexican government.  Energy Transfer is the DAPL corporation.

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      • Enthusiast (4706 posts)
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        6. Corporate rule.

        This is why I see little advantage in electing a DINO. They do Republican things even if they are ‘1980’s moderate Republican’ things.

        "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. There would be no place to hide."  Frank Church