Womack Jr., John
July 1970
Foreign Affairs;Jul1970, Vol. 48 Issue 4, p677
This article focuses on the economic revolution in Mexico during 1910 to 1970. Reviewed through an historical argument, the great change in the Mexican Revolution from 1910 to 1970 happened inadvertently. The gist is that the original Revolutionaries, genuine "sons of the people," never outgrew their memories of frustration, rarely imagined policies more creative than revindication, once in office discounted the chance of novelty in national or international affairs, and got surprised into development, which their heirs now enjoy and justify as if it had happened on purpose. Disappointment or delight, the change was a realization of popular prejudices that few Revolutionaries understood and none knew how to avoid. By 1920 the chiefs definitely in charge of Mexico were nationalist entrepreneurs. But even if the change in the Revolution was inadvertent, even if it is ultimately disturbing, the entrepreneurs now dominant in the country are determined to keep it in effect.


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