A “Centrist Democrat” just told me that land reform failed in Mexico after the Revolution. I was shocked because no land reform in history or at least modern history has ever failed. So I had to go look it up. Well, like everything right-wingers say, it was basically a lie. Surprise surprise! I know, you’re shocked, huh?
Turns out that land reform failed in the first 15 years after the Revolution because it was never even implemented! In short, there simply was no land reform. Only 1% of the land was distributed. All of the presidents afterwards were conservatives who sided with large landowners and hence opposed the reforms. Most of them were large landowners themselves. Of course Uncle Satan, I mean Uncle Sam, opposed all attempts at land reform in Mexico, as the US has always sided with the rich and against ordinary workers and presidents. Both Democratic and Republican Presidents follow this model.
After Cardenas came in, a great deal of land was distributed and the ejido system was set up. It’s worked great ever since. There were some efforts later on by right-wingers to unravel the ejido system, but they have always been reversed. Yet when I Googled the question, I came up with a list of sites talking about the lie of “the failed land reform in Mexico.” And there were a slew of recent articles from the US press about how the present ejido system was a complete failure and had to be dismantled.
Capitalists will always oppose land reforms everywhere and at all times because the only thing the capitalists care about is concentrating as much land in their hands as possible. I did some research on that too and it was all just wishful thinking. Turns out the ejido system is working great. There’s plenty of food in Mexico.
How do you know a capitalist is lying? His lips are moving!
Why would a land reform fail in the first place? Because a system of haciendas where 1% of the population owns all the arable land and 99% of the rural population is left to barely scratch out a living as landless peasants? Because peasants are literally too dumb to grow food.
This is the argument of White Nationalists to the land reforms in Zimbabwe: “Niggers are too dumb to grow food!” I have been to their websites and argued with them over this, and everyone there told me flat out that “niggers are too dumb to grow food!” Well, that’s pretty stupid. How did these Blacks survive in Africa for the last 12,000 years since they had agriculture if they’re too stupid to grow food? Obviously they know how to grow food otherwise they wouldn’t have been doing it for millennia. And by the way agriculture appeared first in Africa before anywhere else in the world.
This was echoed by the press all across the imperialist world, especially in the US and UK. So the message of the US and UK imperialist press (which is all of it) was: “Niggers are too dumb to grow food!” So we see that the West can turn viciously racist on a dime if the imperatives of its capitalists compel it to. All of this antiracist woke stuff is just nonsense and lies. Capitalists could give a toss about race.
The reforms had failed forever because the UK was protecting 2,000 British farmers who owned 60% of the land and almost all of the good land. This is why brutal sanctions were put on Zimbabwe – to protect those British latinfundistas.
Incidentally, going back to the first paragraph, have you noticed how often “Centrists” and “moderates” parrot the most disgusting right-wing lies? What’s so moderate about that? Most Centrists are just right-wingers, perhaps a bit more compassionate but right-wingers nonetheless. And they’re all completely brainwashed by the Western media too. They literally believe every word the government says about domestic and foreign policy when a Democrat is in. When a Republican is in, they support an imperialist foreign policy again, but they oppose the domestic agenda. They’re pretty much just liberal right-wingers.
What is a Centrist anyway? It’s an invertebrate. Here in the US, it’s literally someone who believes the Republicans are right half the time and the Democrats are right the other half of the time. Given how far apart the parties are on domestic policy, that’s a completely incoherent politics. And what’s so moderate about someone who says Republicans are right half the time. Hell, Republicans are right 0% of the time. If they weren’t they wouldn’t be Republicans.
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I agree strongly with you, Robert. The US is the true evil empire not the USSR. It is ironic that the US used Soviet-style land reforms in Asia:
This is a good comment from one of the articles below: