Mexican drug wars

Mexico between crisis and narcotrafic

We are sometimes asked what we mean when we speak of capitalism's "social decomposition". There can be no more graphic illustration of the phenomenon than the situation in Mexico, and more generally in Latin America, created by the scourge of narcotrafic, analysed here by an article from our section on the spot.

Drug trafficking and the decomposition of capitalism

It has been calculated that between December 2006 and April 2011 the “war on drugs” cost more than 40 thousand deaths (amongst drug dealers, military and civilians). The cost in torture and robbery is incalculable. This is a war waged as much by the politicians and military as the mafia gangs. The bourgeoisie tries to pretend that this is a problem outside of its system, but the truth is that the spread of drugs and crime stems from the same root as any war around capitalist competition to win markets

Drug Wars: Mexico – the gangsterisation of the state

The growth of the political and economic power of drug gangs in Mexico has led the US bourgeoisie to express concern about the possibility of “contagion”, leading it to put pressure on the Mexican government. James Mattis of the US Navy stated in February 2009 that Mexico is a “failed state.” According to the US military there are similarities between Mexico and Pakistan, these states are losing control of their political and economic apparatus: in Mexico because of drugs, in Pakistan because of the tensions with India and the continued attacks by the Taliban.

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