How Mexico’s Second Manifesto Could Pay You a Fortune
Francisco Madero was a revolutionary Mexican leader in the fight for property rights in the early part of the 20th century. Madero, a longtime politician, upset the very powerful seven-time Mexican President Porfirio Diaz by running against him in the 1910 election.
Diaz was willing to give up his presidency, but apparently not to Madero. Diaz imprisoned Madero on election day. Madero broke out and escaped to Texas, where he published his “Letter From Jail” — a manifesto for suffrage and term limits.
In this letter, the hint of agrarian reform and socioeconomic changes was enough to start the Mexican Revolution and seat him as the new president in 1911. While his presidency was a failure, his principles lived on.
After a bloody revolution from 1910- 1921, Mexico started implementing many of Madero’s suggestions, including free land distribution to peasants and constitutional social rights. These changes helped Mexico’s GDP grow sixfold between 1940-1970.
Nearly 100 years after Madero’s pen spurred economic and political change in Mexico, a second “Mexican manifesto” was published, and we have a chance to get in on Mexico’s revolutionary growth.
Studying the Subtleties of Obrador’s Manifesto to the People of Mexico
On July 29, 2009, disenfranchised former presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador drafted Manifesto to the People of Mexico.
The 2006 presidential election in Mexico was a brutal, down-to-the-wire fight. In fact, many Mexicans still don’t recognize the current president, Felipe Calderon, as the legitimate leader of Mexico. Obrador contested the results and even ends his pronouncements — including the Manifesto — with the sign off, “Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Legitimate President of Mexico.”
The left-leaning Obrador continues to mock and fight with supporters of Calderon, as well as the president himself. In his manifesto, Obrador slams Calderon’s handling of this economic recession. But there is another message articulated in this document — one you need to familiarize yourself with.
He writes, “It is crucial to continue creating alternative networks of information to break our enemies’ manipulation of the media. It should be borne in mind that the very instrument of domination that the oligarchy uses is through controlling television, radio and the press.” This simple paragraph is the third of five changes he claims the Mexican people need to fix their political and economic systems. It’s also a giant opportunity for us.
If media control goes back to the people of Mexico as Obrador suggests, it will do so in one of two ways: dissolving the current media outlets completely or restructuring them.
Dissolving television, radio and newspapers as they stand today would probably be a disaster. In today’s modern world, the demand for information is incredible.
Restructuring, however, would take only a few small tweaks and could help drive Mexico’s economy out of this recession.
While the current government does have a large amount of influence on media, it operates in a pseudo free market system. Many of these outlets — TV and radio stations, newspapers, and even international press agencies — are publicly traded.
Restructuring would lead to billions of pesos pumped into these organizations, which would push share prices much higher. Even the possibility of spin-offs would create moneymaking opportunities.
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