annatar1914 wrote:@Tainari88 , my friend:
These are all reasons why I thank God for my life experiences where I saw where Socialism is still a possibility, or a recent memory.
Pretty hard to argue with a basic agreement between a government and it's people; we all work, and in return we can make use of family leave. Of free education, free health care, free utilities, free housing, subsidized public transportation. Buildings designed for closeness to necessary goods and services. Cheap prices. A period of compulsory national service. And so on.
How the hell would a educated and informed working person oppose all that? And having it you'd never willingly do away with it, would you?
Mexico has a long road to traverse to get to a society that has basic needs completely covered. They have taken steps to get it accomplished. The assets that Mexico has are many. They have a very resource rich land. It is also varied and the people of Mexico are very hard working and ingenious and invent solutions all the time.
Mexico has a strong industrial sector, a fair to good pharmaceutical production sector, it has all kinds of resources for energy that is both green and fossil fuel, and it has really well educated doctors, engineers, dentists, teachers, professors, architects, artists, scientists, etc.
Mexico has Infonavit. Where working Mexicans can buy a home with the mortgage sponsored by the government. It has multiple benefits. Government jobs are stable and the pension system is massive. They have universal health care, and the government pays private childcare providers for early preschool ed and babycare. So working parents can go to work.
The UNAM, UADY, etc. The entire Universidad Autonoma de Mexico and etc all are public universities. If you get there you can graduate without student loan debt.
Mexico has its advantages. The issue is not being able to invest in their own infrastructure Annatar. The elites stole the money for years and years. Money for building schools that are public and free in small and medium-sized towns never materialized until recently. Most of Mexico is poor and therefore never got beyond a basic elementary school education level. It limited the industries they could develop in Mexico. You can't offer high-tech and managerial skills to other investor nations if you have people who never went beyond the sixth grade.
They are remedying that situation. That is why the majority of the refugees and asylum seekers at the border are not Mexican anymore Annatar. Mexico is being able to retain a lot of the young people now because they are the beginning of the wave of young Mexicans who had high schools in their towns and were able to attend university for free. Millions of them finally are forging ahead in their own nation. So,the ones on the border are from Venezuela and unstable nations in Central America, like Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Guatemala. Costa Rica, Panama and Belize are stable. Colombia is stable but you have some leaving because of inflation and violence with the fentanyl and drug lords in the jungles creating instability.
Socialism works. But it requires cooperation between many nations, honest and not corrupt government, and skilled and expert administration, trustworthy and sound policy, and shared responsibilities among many sectors of society. War, pressure from foreign banks bloodsucking and hiking interest rates on Latin American workers is not going to help stabilize our region. For example, the average credit card interest rate in Mexi co is about 79% APR. In the USA that is illegal. It is not illegal in many nations of Latin America.
Abusive credit practices and many other aspects of economics in Latin America is really horrible. It does not allow sustainable economic growth.
The wealthy and elite are traitors to their own countries. They allow foreigners and foreign banks to rule in their nation and give up both power and agency as long as they enrich themselves and never pay taxes.
It spells a deep hatred for the elite in our nations. But they are backed by the US government who only loves the YES people and if they betray the needs of their own people in their own nation and only give a shit about being on the good side of US interests in the region? All is fine with the world.
And it is not. It created really bad conditions and they wind up going North. To the US border. The only place with jobs and stability. That is a boomerang effect due to bad foreign policy on the part of the USA. And the Latin American elite that permits such abusive lack of real thought national domestic programs for their own people.
It is a lose and lose situation.
If you want a lack of asylum seekers, logically you study the conditions that lead to people fleeing their home nations. You nail down the reasons and go and analyze how to either fix that situation or discourage people fleeing. You have to be against wars and conflict. Both civil wars within nations, and external wars between two different nations. You study economic policies that lead to super low wages and not enough money earned for workers who aspire to owning their own land and home, having a way of transporting themselves to their work sites, and education for themselves and their children. That is either free or low cost and affordable.
You look at what has to happen for that nation to stabilize and have needs met for their citizens. That means only thinking of exploiting and profit for some rich investors in nations like the USA, UK, France, Germany, Japan, etc is a losing proposition. Got to have people within that nation be able to live decently. ALL OF THEM. Not some tiny percentage of plutocratic local asskissers of whoever is the superpower du jour. It does not work for them.
Socialism is about pooling all the resources in a government system and distributing it out as some sort of public service. It could be free public education programs, free health care, free or subsidized housing, etc. In Mexico I noticed on my CFE bill, they have government sponsored help with the light bill. The less you use and the more you save? The government puts a percentage of your entire bill in a little pot that is shared and when you can't pay out of your own pocket the government gives you some cash to pay it for you. That is a form of socialism Annatar.
In Colorado they had the LEAP program for low income Coloradans to have heat and light in the winter and summer months that tended to be the high bill seasons. Due to air conditioning and heating for snowy months.
It works. But, the US is full of people who do not really identify with their correct socioeconomic classification. Most of them think they are middle class, and or aspire to be wealthy and elitist. Can't have that mentality. Got to identify as what you are. If you can become homeless easily within three or four missed paychecks? You are working class. No longer have to work because you live off of your investments and assets? You are ruling class. Still got to work but if you are laid off and you can live off your savings and retirement nest egg for at least four years? Middle class you are. Paid off mortgage with a small pension and working part time to meet the bills? Lower middle class.
Too many people in the USA think they are a step or two from being millionaires. It is really strange. Most of them make less than $65,000 dollars US a year...they are far from middle class if they adjust for inflation, taxes and expenses, but they think they are well off or aspire to be.
They are very fantasy drive and identify with some lying fraud person, or someone like Biden who is a professional career politician who is used to neoliberal policies that only favor people like Michael Bloomberg or Zuckerberg, lol. It is extremely stupid to think that they are the working person's choice for president.