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Federalism in Spain and Latin America

     Steven Torok and others have written in defense of federalism. Michael Maguire points out the problem is common to Iberia and Latin America, where " The most common theme is the exploitation of the indigenous by first Spaniards, then Criollos, then Europeans, then Americans, and now fully global capitalism. Recently, a very large faction of indigenous folks from throughout Ecuador marched on the capital and forced the resignation of the president. Here there is a sense of nationalism within federal borders. In Chiapas, Mexico, the New Year's Revolution of 1994 is rotting in rhetoric because the Mayan sense of nationalism is not Mexican, it is Chiapan and state centered."

     My comment: Mexico, like other Latin American countries, is supposedly a federal country, but not in reality.

Ronald Hilton - 2/17/00