Saturday, December 09, 2006

MEXICO: THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS


German sociologist Max Weber, regarded as the founder of social science, distinguished three types of legitimacy of political authority, namely: traditional authority, based on belief in the sanctity of tradition; legal authority, based on rational rules legally enacted and, charismatic authority, based on the leader´s appeal. He may have forgotten to mention a 4th type: interested authority, based on corporate groups interest in maintaining their account balance safe.

That is obviously the case of the privileged sectors. That is also the case in the partisan sphere, especially sad on the left, where politicians have retrieved to count their nickels. What has surprised me the most is that in the culture sector (with some exceptions) artists, intellectuals and scholars have kept a shameful silence after the Coup D`Etat in Mexico.

In a country where the corporate media are the ones who say what reality is and where its possibilities and limits are, this sector should be playing a more active role.

Well, and the rest of us? Striving to survive: one day at the time.

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