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Robin Hood and the politicians of the nineteenth century

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It's sad to turn on the TV in Mexico and watch the spots of the political campaigns for presidency. They do not seem concerned about the proposals to apply during his government. They try to create the "confidence" that they themselves have been responsible for losing over the years. Promising reforms in the economy, education, health, a public policy that finally raises the quality of life for Mexican families.

Candidates with profiles of the nineteenth century aimed at an electorate of twentieth-century into the needs of twenty-first century. One of the key elements that hegemonic political parties (PRI/PAN) have been unable to solve is a basic principle in real democracies: an efficient tax collection. Whoever it is "the chosen one" cannot leave this topic as part of a simple campaign speech. To achieve this goal is required to turn something that Mexico has lacked throughout its history: wealth distribution.

When the current administration proposed a tax policy for competitiveness they forgot facts like Teleton (an annual 24-plus-hour TV and radio broadcast to raise money for children's rehabilitation centers or in other words: institutionalized tax evasion). In other cases “altruistic institutions” donating the contributions of its customers, tax deductible cars, etcetera. At the end of the day we have a “tax hole” the size of the Grand Canyon.

Mexico is a country that has the logic of monopolies: Carlos Slim (Telmex), German Larrea (Grupo Mexico), Alberto Bailleres (Industry rocky hills), Ricardo Salinas Pliego, Jeronimo Arango (Wal Mart) Daniel Servitje Montull (Bimbo ), Emilio Azcarraga Jean (Televisa), Roberto Gonzales Berrera (Banorte), Roberto Hernandez Ramirez (Citigroup), Alfredo Harp Helu (Inbursa), Lorenzo Zambrano (Cemex) and Maria Asuncion Aramburuzabala Larregui (Grupo Modelo). Most of them have appeared on the Forbes list enjoying a “tax immunity” that is unprecedented in another country. The approximate amount of revenue is less than 20% of GDP and is mainly concentrated in the middle class. That “tax hole” cannot generate enough funds for a police force that instead of having as priority the safety of its citizens, is looking in corruption a means by which to generate that extra that allows them to improve the quality of life. Same thing happens with teachers and education, doctors and health, lawyers and judges with the law, and so on.

The tendency is to maintain “the Status Quo” based on ignorance promoted by the country's leading television channels like Televisa and TV Azteca. These channels don’t have one single cultural program for their audience. If we add the ingredient of religion we would have to take a look at some kind of “religious citizenship” resigned in the hope that the kingdom of heaven will bring some justice through a messiah like Enrique Peña Nieto, Josefina Vazquez Mota or Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

At this juncture banditry has written its history in Mexico, in the 19th century  we had Heraclio Bernal (The ray of Sinaloa) Joaquin Murrieta (Zorro) and Jesus Arriaga (Chucho el Roto). These characters bear several similarities to each other: they arise from the logic of a tyrant state, operate outside the law, earned the admiration of the people who turns them into a myth and least but not last: they cover areas that the state has lost.

That “Robin Hood complex” appears to be covered by the mafia dons in our days. The average citizen seems to have more confidence in these figures that politicians and governors themselves. When you go out to the streets to get some work, when the line at hospital is way too long for an emergency, when public policies are reduced to “an altruist logic” of a group of billionaires, when education becomes an obstacle to scale the socioeconomic ladder in Mexico; drug trafficking emerged as the most viable option. While the neighbor's son finished a PHD, speaks several languages ​​and has spent five years unemployed Chapo Guzman appears on the Forbes list between successful entrepreneurs without having completed elementary school! That's when you wonder ¿what use is education in this country? Telling the truth has become a sin, is the world's most dangerous country for journalists. The few public figures who have dared to speak honestly of the matter end up apologizing before the media for the fear of losing their jobs, examples like Javier Aguirre (he said Mexico is fucked because of the violence) and Kate Del Castillo (actress who said she believed in Guzman more than in the government) and many others.

As the story keeps repeating and legal means to access a better quality of life are denied, the war on drugs will continue piling up corpses unnecessarily and increasing profits for arms merchants …¿who knows? Maybe in a hundred years we will speak about Chapo Guzman or Mayo Zambada as our modern Robin Hoods. 


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