Towards A Good Samaritan World

Friday, July 07, 2006

IMMIGRANTS AND GEOPOLITICS

This is a beautiful headline: "Mexico Vote Tally Fives Free Trader A Narrow Victory." Congratulations to Felipe Calderon!

It will be interesting to see if, given that the election was so close, absentee ballots sent in by Mexicans living in the United States might have made the difference. Trivia question: did immigration help the US win the Cold War? Answer: In 1947-8, the Christian Democrats were in a tight struggle with the Italian Communists for control of Italy. President Truman encouraged Italian-Americans to write their relatives in Italy and encourage them to oppose communism. This intervention probably turned the tables.

Nativists complain that we hear Spanish spoken on American streets nowadays. If nativists had had their way a century ago, we might all be speaking Russian now.

1 Comments:

  • It would be hard for them to make the difference when that difference was some 200,000 votes and the absentee ballots made up little more than 40,000. The fact that it was made so difficult for Mexicans in the U.S. to vote in their own election suggests to me that PAN's analysis differed from yours somewhat.

    By Anonymous Andrew, at 9:06 PM  

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