The Mexican people, particularly the nation’s poorest, have paid dearly for those policies. Mexico doesn’t just rank around the global bottom on levels of inequality. Mexico also ranks around the worldwide bottom on programmatic investments in social decency.
And none of this should be particularly surprising. Inequality, corruption, and social indecency always all go hand in hand.
“Inequality breeds corruption,” as Henry Schumacher of the Filipino European Chamber of Commerce noted last year. Corruption, in turn, aggravates inequality: Only the well-off can afford to bribe. An unholy trinity — inequality, corruption, and mistrust — creates a “vicious circle” almost impossible to bust.
MORENA is promising to bust that circle.
“This movement,” MORENA general coordinator Claudia Sheinbaum Pardo told a party conference last November, “seeks for economic development to reach everyone and everyone, for inequality to diminish, for human rights to be respected and for a new history to be built where corruption, impunity, and injustice are part of the past.”
AMLO currently leads the national political polls by 18 percentage points. The world will be watching what happens next.
Sam Pizzigati co-edits Inequality.org. Among his books on maldistributed income and wealth: The Rich Don’t Always Win: The Forgotten Triumph over Plutocracy that Created the American Middle Class, 1900-1970. His latest book, The Case for a Maximum Wage, will appear this spring. Follow him at @Too_Much_Online.