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Mexico City Problems
Typical of Colonialism

 


Dialog with LaRouche at the  LAROUCHE NUCLEAR FORUM IN IBERO-AMERICA -

June 15, 2006



Q: [from Mexico, trans] One of the problems that Mexico City
has is contamination. And what would the development of nuclear
energy have to do, how could it help deal with the question of
the ecological questions? And clearly, one of the central
questions in the development in Mexico is energy development.
But, as I'm saying, there's a real major problem in terms of the
ecology. So, what would be the impact? What you tell us, what
kind of impact would the development of nuclear energy have on
these environmental and other problems?


LAROUCHE: Well, there are three problems associated with
this in the case of Mexico. Number one: Mexico City is
overcrowded. You look at the whole area, it has certain
characteristics, and you have the fog comes out of its sleep in
the morning, and envelopes and chokes the population during the
course of the day. And people at the highest levels in
skyscrapers have the least choking. It's a horrible situation!
It's an overcrowded city. It's typical of colonialism, in
which you have entire nations in which the territory is very
little developed outside of a major capital, or one or two major
capitals. And you have great congestions in slums, and great
poverty in one major capital.


The problem in Mexico has been first of all, the breakdown
of the railway system. Mexico needs a high-speed rail system for
freight as well as passengers. It needs the development of
Mexican industries, which draw off some of the population of
Mexico City into new opportunities for development inside the
Mexican territory itself. This is not possible without
improvement in the water problem.


Therefore, the first thing you have to have, is you have to
have a lot of--you need desalination. In part, there are ways in
which some of the water resources in the south of Mexico, can be
brought north, either across the mountains or along the coast, as
to the PLINHO operations in northern Mexico. But in general,
without water, and without transportation, the problem of Mexico
City will tend to become worse, and not improve. It will become
a crisis. Therefore, {all} the problems of Mexico City require
{decentralizing} Mexico to a significant degree.


Now, you had a policy, back in 1982, of 20 nuclear plants,
major nuclear plants, for Mexico. Twenty major nuclear plants
would have meant 20 centers for development. It would have meant
redeveloping the railway system, which had been destroyed in
Mexico. Because you need a very efficient, modern railway system
in Mexico itself, to develop the territory. You need large
amounts of water management, to take territory which is arid,
take the northern area of Mexico between the two Sierra Madres,
this area has to be developed; it needs water. The only way we
can get a significant amount of water, is with nuclear
desalination.


So therefore, to solve the problems of Mexico, we have to
take a medium-term to long-term view. We must take certain
objectives, we must build a transportation system, so that we can
build up new population centers, new high-technology population
centers, throughout the territory of Mexico, in appropriate
locations.


We must improve the conditions of agriculture, particularly
in Northern Mexico. We must! Because, if we don't raise the
productivity of agriculture, you can not deal with some of the
problems. For example, migration to the United States is a
reflection of this problem. You have families are being broken
up, and sent into misery in the United States, as the alternative
to no employment, or misery in Mexico.


And Mexico City is the city of Mexico: Therefore, it must
be looked at as a functional part of Mexico. But as you see, in
many countries which have been underdeveloped countries, or
colonial economies, where major metropolitan centers occupy the
population and the countryside is in misery--and that's the
problem. Mexico has been treated as a colonial nation, not as a
republic.


And this has increased greatly since 1982. In 1982, there
were still aspirations to change this. There were still
impulses, when the PRI was in power then, to change the direction
in Mexico, in this direction. I met with many leaders in Mexico,
during this period and earlier, who were thinking in this
direction. In the 1970s, there was the idea of bringing new
steel industries to Mexico, the idea of changing many things.
These things have been thrown to one side. Then, Mexico had a
national banking system, which was Mexican-controlled. No longer
Mexico-controlled.


So these are the problems. And what you see in Mexico City
as crises, are reflections of the crisis of Mexico as a whole.
And the way to look at this is to look at it, by saying, "We'll
fix the problem of Mexico City, by fixing the problem of Mexico
as a whole. And the first thing, high-speed mass transport,
freight as well as passengers. Development of new cities,
probably 20 new centers in Mexico, based on the selection of
certain industries, or combinations of industries which are
natural. The improvement of agriculture, by providing power and
water, in particular, and other assistance to Mexican farmers. To
begin to build up the entire territory, so you have a higher
level of productivity per square kilometer, throughout the
entirety of the Mexico territory."


You do that, and the Mexico City problem will solve itself.



About LaRouche - the American economist and statesman that has become a legend in our time in the fight to advance civilization, protect mankind, and create a new renaissance: 

" We are at a point in world history. 
At the present time, the international monetary financial system
of the world is in the process of disintegration. That does not mean the end of the world. It means that we either make certain changes, or this
planet will go in fact into a prolonged new dark age, comparable
to what happened to Europe during the middle to late part of the
14th century." (LaRouche, June 15, 2006)


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