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I talk about what Mexican Immigrants ought to weigh when reflecting on their journey.

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Dear Mexican Immigrants – Why DID you flee Mexico?

Estimados inmigrantes mexicanos, ¿Por qué huyeron de México?

I ask this because I also had to ask this question about my own family’s flight from Vietnam.

My family was escaping violent political conflict due to the Viet Cong and U.S. military during the Vietnam war.

Armed soldiers were going door to door, kidnapping young boys, and forcing them to join the fight. Bombs were constantly being dropped overhead, and my family had to often duck for cover in underground bunkers every time they heard a plane above.

My family wanted to live in peace, making and selling Pho noodles as they once did.

They no longer could due to the chaos, and so fled to America because they thought the opportunities would be better.
It wasn’t until I was an adult that I began to think critically about how this violence started and what could be done to stop it.

If you are watching this and you or your parents or grandparents fled Mexico due to the political violence and poverty, I want to take a moment to empathize with you and let you know that it’s completely understandable.

You did not cause the drug war. You did not cause the cartel violence. You did not cause the state system of oppression. You did not confiscate firearms and make it legally difficult for people to defend themselves.

However, what you do with your time, energy, and freedom today CAN make a difference for all people as to whether they continue to be stolen from, murdered, and enslaved, or whether they can move toward peace and prosperity through mutual respect.

Which is why I want to share with you the key facts I learned about the conflict in Mexico to help you understand what needs to change.

First and foremost, the U.S. government has been a driving force behind the instability and violence.

The War on Drugs, coupled with countless offensive policies of subversion, from embargoes to coups to CIA drug running, has lead to regional instability.

The War on Drugs is what has allowed the cartels to build a violent operation as they can make all kinds of money in black-market deals with little recourse because their operations are underground.

The state-created limitation on competition with high financial reward has driven many cartel heads to seek profit through violence in the underground drug business.

If you want to help end the violence of the cartels, the first step is to get on board with ending the war on drugs both in the U.S. and abroad. This way, legitimate market services can arise and protection of consumers and businesses can flourish at the open market level.

Second, the lack of respect of property rights has lead to people being victimized in the U.S. and in Mexico.
When people are not free to defend themselves against aggressors, only the most vile, violent people will flourish because they are willing to do whatever it takes to gain power.

Good people, honest people, like many people watching this video, if kept from being able to defend themselves, will perish if their rights are not respected, whether it’s from being victimized by cartels or being victimized by the state.

The Mexican government has virtually banned gun ownership at large in Mexico by forcing all gun sales to come from one store in Mexico City, limiting gun type purchases, and strapping a large amount of red tape around the application process.

This has lead to disaster for Mexican people at large as they are kept from being able to defend themselves against the cartels and against unscrupulous government officials.

And yes, it is well known how bad the corruption has gotten in Mexico with bribe accusations leading all the way up to the President in the millions of dollars.

This is why you cannot rely on the state for salvation.

When there is a psychology of power that is given immunity from market forces, that power can be co-opted by anyone evil enough to do whatever it takes to control it.

This is precisely what has happened in Mexico and in virtually all governments around the world.

Decentralizing power, respecting the property rights of individuals, and freeing the market, are the essential keys to bringing stability for not only Mexico, but to the U.S. and all other countries as well.

So please, take the time to think about your own story.

What painful situations did your mother, father, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins experience that lead them to seek refuge in America in the first place?

If you do not take the time to ground yourself in philosophical ethics based on the respect of individual rights, you’ll soon repeat the same destructive policies that lead to the widespread instability, poverty, and suffering that came to Mexico in the first place.

Pregunto esto porque también tuve que hacer esta pregunta sobre el viaje de mi propia familia desde Vietnam.

Mi familia estaba escapando de conflictos políticos violentos debido al Viet Cong y la fuerza militar de los Estados Unidos durante la guerra de Vietnam.

Soldados armados iban de puerta en puerta, secuestrando a chicos jóvenes y obligándolos a unirse a la lucha. Bombas fueron lanzadas constantemente y mi familia tenía que protegerse frecuentemente en refugios subterráneos cada vez que oían un avión volando.

Mi familia quería vivir en paz, haciendo y vendiendo fideos Pho como lo hacían antes.

Ya no podían debido al caos y por eso huyeron a los Estados Unidos, porque pensaron que las oportunidades serían mejores.

No fué hasta que fui adulto que comencé a pensar críticamente sobre cómo comenzó esta violencia y qué se podía hacer para detenerla.

Si estás viendo esto y tu o tus padres o abuelos huyeron de México debido a la violencia política y la pobreza, quiero tomar un momento para empatizar contigo y hacerte saber que es completamente comprensible.

No causaste la guerra contra las drogas. No causaste la violencia de los carteles. No causaste el sistema de opresión del estado. No confiscaste las armas de las personas e hiciste legalmente difícil que se pudieran defender.

Sin embargo, lo que hagas con tu tiempo, energía y libertad hoy PUEDE hacer una diferencia para todas las personas entre seguir siendo víctimas de robo, asesinadas y esclavizadas, ó avanzar hacia la paz y prosperidad a través del respeto mutuo.

Es por eso que quiero compartir con ustedes los datos clave que aprendí sobre el conflicto en México para ayudarles a comprender lo que debe cambiar.

En primer lugar, el gobierno de los Estados Unidos ha sido una fuerza impulsora detrás de la inestabilidad y la violencia.

La Guerra contra las Drogas, junto con innumerables políticas ofensivas de subversión, desde los embargos hasta los golpes de estado y enfrentamientos entre narcotraficantes y la CIA, han llevado a un ambiente de inestabilidad en la región.

La Guerra contra las Drogas es lo que ha permitido a los cárteles correr una operación violenta, ya que pueden hacer todo tipo de dinero en negocios del mercado negro con pocas consecuencias ya que son operaciones ilícitas.

La limitación creada por el estado sobre la competencia con una alta recompensa financiera ha llevado a muchos líderes de carteles a buscar ganancias a través de la violencia en el negocio de las drogas ilicitas.

Si quieres ayudar a poner fin a la violencia de los cárteles, el primer paso es entender que hay que terminar la guerra contra las drogas tanto en los Estados Unidos como en el extranjero. De esta manera, pueden surgir servicios legítimos en el mercado y la protección de los consumidores y las empresas puede florecer en operaciones de mercado abierto.

En segundo lugar, la falta de respeto a los derechos de propiedad ha llevado a que las personas sean victimizadas en los Estados Unidos y en México.

Cuando las personas no son libres para defenderse contra los agresores, solo las personas más viles y violentas prosperan porque están dispuestas a hacer lo que sea necesario para ganar poder.

Las personas buenas y honestas, como la mayoría de las persona viendo este video, si se les impide defenderse, perecerán si no se respetan sus derechos, ya sea que sean víctimas de los cárteles o del estado.

El gobierno mexicano prácticamente ha prohibido la posesión de armas al obligar a que todas las ventas de armas provengan de una tienda en la Ciudad de México, limitando el tipo de armas que se puedan comprar y haciendo extremadamente difícil el papeleo para poderlas adquirir.

Esto ha provocado un desastre para los Mexicanos, ya que se les impide defenderse contra los cárteles y los oficiales del gobierno sin escrúpulos.

Y sí, es bien sabido qué tan grave se ha vuelto la corrupción en México con las acusaciones de soborno que llegan hasta el Presidente por millones de dólares.

Por eso no puedes confiar en el estado para la salvación.

Cuando hay una psicología del poder que recibe inmunidad de las fuerzas del mercado, ese poder puede ser asimilado por cualquiera que sea lo suficientemente malvado como para hacer lo que sea necesario para controlarlo.

Esto es precisamente lo que ha sucedido en México y en prácticamente todos los gobiernos del mundo.

La descentralización del poder, el respeto a los derechos de propiedad de los individuos y la liberación del mercado son las claves esenciales para lograr la estabilidad no solo para México, pero también para los Estados Unidos y todos los demás países.

Así que, por favor, tómate el tiempo para pensar en tu propia historia.

¿Qué situaciones dolorosas experimentaron tu madre, padre, abuelos, tías, tíos y primos que los llevaron a buscar refugio en los Estados Unidos en el primer lugar?

Si no tomas el tiempo para basarte en una ética filosófica basada en el respeto de los derechos individuales, pronto se repetirán las mismas políticas destructivas que provocaron la inestabilidad mundial, la pobreza y el sufrimiento que llegó a México en primer lugar.

REFERENCES:

War on Drugs
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran%E2%80%93Contra_affair
https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2012/07/2012721152715628181.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allegations_of_CIA_drug_trafficking
https://www.corbettreport.com/the-cia-and-the-drug-trade/
https://theintercept.com/2017/06/18/the-history-channel-is-finally-telling-the-stunning-secret-story-of-the-war-on-drugs/
https://www.insightcrime.org/news/analysis/new-shows-examine-cia-past-in-latin-america-drug-trade/


U.S. Guns to Cartels
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ATF_gunwalking_scandal

Cartel Bribes
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/15/nyregion/el-chapo-trial.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-46872414
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/el-chapo-trial-highlights-how-mexico-graft-impedes-drug-war-n966346

Cartel Violence
https://www.cnn.com/2017/12/21/americas/mexico-bodies-bridge/index.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mexican_Drug_War

Gun Laws Mexico
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_laws_in_Mexico
https://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-mexico-guns-20180524-story.html
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/mexicans-have-the-right-to-own-guns-but-few-do/

Resistance in Mexico
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/03/mexico-indigenous-town-banned-politicians-cheran
https://news.vice.com/en_us/article/gykaq9/a-town-in-mexico-overthrew-their-local-government-things-couldnt-be-going-better

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