Nuestra tragedia persistente

Author: Lorenzo Meyer
Publisher: Debate
ISBN: 6073116586
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Esta obra se propone explorar algunas de las razones por las cuales, en el tránsito de un siglo a otro, no ha cristalizado el gran potencial de cambio en las estructuras de poder en México. Y es que lo que sustituyó al arraigado autoritarismo priísta no fue precisamente una democracia... Nuestra tragedia persistente es una obra indispensable del reconocido especialista Lorenzo Meyer para comprender el rompecabezas de la política mexicana. Lo que sustituyó al arraigado autoritarismo priista no fue precisamente una democracia, sino un sistema mixto de dos conceptos contradictorios: autoritarismo y democracia. Desde el inicio de nuestra historia como nación independiente, la agenda de la transformación democrática ha estado cargada de problemas tan complejos como urgentes de resolver. Los obstáculos para llevar a cabo los cambios necesarios han resultado formidables. Entre ellos destacan los interesescreados y una cultura política en la que dominan fuertes rasgos conservadores: ambos han jugado una y otra vez a favor de la contención del cambio. Esta obra se propone explorar algunas de las razones por las cuales, en el tránsito de un siglo a otro, no ha cristalizado el gran potencial de cambio en las estructuras de poder en México. Y es que lo que sustituyó al arraigado autoritarismo priista no fue precisamente una democracia sin adjetivos, sino un sistema mixto, algo que contiene elementos propios de dos conceptos contradictorios: autoritarismo y democracia. En suma, a partir de una serie de reflexiones de gran alcance, en este libro Lorenzo Meyer invita al lector interesado a adentrarse en los grandes dilemas políticos de nuestro tiempo, así como a tomar decisiones cruciales como ciudadano. "No podía ser más oportuna la publicación de Nuestra tragedia persistente: la democracia autoritaria en México. La radiografía de la clase política y de la fallida transición, de la falsa democracia en que vivimos, es certera, despiadada, contundente y bien fundamentada. El profesor Meyer se reconfirma como uno de los más lúcidos analistas de la realidad nacional". Pedro Salmerón, La Jornada

Rules for Radicals

Author: Saul Alinsky
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9780307756893
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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First published in 1971, Rules for Radicals is Saul Alinsky's impassioned counsel to young radicals on how to effect constructive social change and know “the difference between being a realistic radical and being a rhetorical one.” Written in the midst of radical political developments whose direction Alinsky was one of the first to question, this volume exhibits his style at its best. Like Thomas Paine before him, Alinsky was able to combine, both in his person and his writing, the intensity of political engagement with an absolute insistence on rational political discourse and adherence to the American democratic tradition. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Cleptocracia

Author: Jenaro Villamil
Publisher: Grijalbo
ISBN: 6073162308
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ESTÁBAMOS A UN PASO DEL ABISMO...Y DIMOS UN PASO ADELANTE. Esta frase, atribuida a decenas de políticos, se convirtió en realidad: en México, la corrupción era ya catastrófica, y empeoró. "A diferencia de la mafia del poder, el término cleptocracia define una dinámica distinta: es la institucionalización del robo. La mafia del poder es descriptiva, la cleptocracia es prescriptiva. La mafia del poder captura al Estado, la cleptocracia se vuelve el Estado. La cleptocracia, a diferencia de la mafia, transforma lo que son bienes públicos en bienes privados. La corrupción en la cleptocracia no es la excepción, sino la regla, y no es una práctica ajena a la institucionalidad sino el hecho que explica su funcionamiento." -Jenaro Villamil/Introducción

Mexico

Author: Jo Tuckman
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 0300160321
Format: PDF, Mobi
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In 2000, Mexico's long invincible Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) lost the presidential election to Vicente Fox of the National Action Party (PAN). The ensuing changeover--after 71 years of PRI dominance--was hailed as the beginning of a new era of hope for Mexico. Yet the promises of the PAN victory were not consolidated. In this vivid account of Mexico's recent history, a journalist with extensive reporting experience investigates the nation's young democracy, its shortcomings and achievements, and why the PRI is favored to retake the presidency in 2012. Jo Tuckman reports on the murky, terrifying world of Mexico's drug wars, the counterproductive government strategy, and the impact of U.S. policies. She describes the reluctance and inability of politicians to seriously tackle rampant corruption, environmental degradation, pervasive poverty, and acute inequality. To make matters worse, the influence of non-elected interest groups has grown and public trust in almost all institutions--including the Catholic church--is fading. The pressure valve once presented by emigration is also closing. Even so, there are positive signs: the critical media cannot be easily controlled, and small but determined citizen groups notch up significant, if partial, victories for accountability. While Mexico faces complex challenges that can often seem insurmountable, Tuckman concludes, the unflagging vitality and imagination of many in Mexico inspire hope for a better future.

Blindness

Author: José Saramago
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 054753759X
Format: PDF, ePub
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A stunningly powerful novel of man's will to survive against all odds, by the winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize for Literature. “This is a shattering work by a literary master.”—The Boston Globe A New York Times Notable Book of the Year A Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year A city is hit by an epidemic of "white blindness" which spares no one. Authorities confine the blind to an empty mental hospital, but there the criminal element holds everyone captive, stealing food rations and raping women. There is one eyewitness to this nightmare who guides seven strangers—among them a boy with no mother, a girl with dark glasses, a dog of tears—through the barren streets, and the procession becomes as uncanny as the surroundings are harrowing. A magnificent parable of loss and disorientation and a vivid evocation of the horrors of the twentieth century, Blindness has swept the reading public with its powerful portrayal of man's worst appetites and weaknesses—and man's ultimately exhilarating spirit.

Why Nations Fail

Author: Daron Acemoglu
Publisher: Broadway Business
ISBN: 0307719227
Format: PDF, Mobi
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An award-winning professor of economics at MIT and a Harvard University political scientist and economist evaluate the reasons that some nations are poor while others succeed, outlining provocative perspectives that support theories about the importance of institutions. Reprint.

Discourses on Livy

Author: Niccolò Machiavelli
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486138534
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This influential study contrasts the government of ancient Rome with that of the author's 16th-century contemporaries. Topics include establishing a republic's internal structure, conducting warfare, and exhibiting leadership qualities.

In the Shadow of the Mexican Revolution

Author: Héctor Aguilar Camín
Publisher: University of Texas Press
ISBN: 9780292792333
Format: PDF
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Héctor Aguilar Camín and Lorenzo Meyer, two of Mexico's leading intellectuals, set out to fill a void in the literature on Mexican history: the lack of a single text to cover the history of contemporary Mexico during the twentieth century. A la sombra de la Revolución Mexicana, now available in English as In the Shadow of the Mexican Revolution, covers the Mexican Revolution itself, the gradual consolidation of institutions, the Cárdenas regime, the "Mexican economic miracle" and its subsequent collapse, and the recent transition toward a new historical period. The authors offer a comprehensive and authoritative study of Mexico's turbulent recent history, a history that increasingly intertwines with that of the United States. Given the level of interest in Mexico—likely to increase still more as a result of the recent liberalization of trade policies—this volume will be useful in affording U.S. readers an intelligent, comprehensive, and accessible study of their neighbor to the south.