MEXICO: An Age of Trickery

A Mexican Presidential election has been described as something which is done with the people, to the people, in spite of the people. For a little more than a century, Mexico has had various more or less democratic constitutions, but has experienced only a gun-toting, vote-buying, ballot-stuffing, blood-letting travesty of democracy itself. No Government has ever suffered an electoral defeat. Dictatorial Presidents have either prolonged their own terms by changing the constitution or elected their own straw men with straw votes—or been assassinated, overthrown, exiled or otherwise forcibly liquidated. In the last election the approved...

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