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A Nation in Bondage

And Stupendous Issues (Classic Reprint)

By Latin-American News Association

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Format: Paperback, 22 pages
Published In: United States, 27 September 2015
Excerpt from A Nation in Bondage: And Stupendous Issues To the Mexican the Mexican problem is not one of diplomatic adjudication. He says there are certain things that cannot to be arbitrated, and one of them is the right of one man to keep another man in slavery by means of contracts in which the slave had no hand in the making. To the Mexican - that is to almost all of the Mexicans who are not in conspiracy with American and Europeans - the trouble is that by some hook or crook everything worth owning in Mexico is owned by foreigners. The Mexicans own nothing. They get nothing. They work all the year round, and at the end of that time they are no better off than they were at the beginning. Often they are worse off, for they are in debt at the company store. Millions and millions of wealth go annually from the country as a result of their labors but none of it stays at home. The men who get the wealth have for the most part never set foot in Mexico. Many of them have never invested more than a few thousand dollars and that has gone in bribes or corruption to high officials. For such an insignificant investment the foreigner got control of the country. He owned everything worth owning - the railroads, mines, oil wells, gold and silver mines, plantations, etc. He even owned the government itself up to 1910, which was thrown in for good measure. With the government he obtained control of taxation which he used to exempt the things he owned from taxation. That was the trick Lord Cowdray played in the oil business. Mexico lost all local taxes on 5,000,000 acres of oil land and all her export duties as well. The Slavery Of The Peons When the peon went to the store to spend the little that he was given for his labor he spent it at the company store owned by a Frenchman or a German. When he wanted a loan for the planting or the harvesting of his crops he only secured it at usurious interest. Along with these economic conditions that are not so complex but that even an ignorant Mexican can understand them, the foreigner gave him an oppressive, cruel and murderous government. He gave him Diaz; he gave him Huerta; he would like to call them back again, for Mexico was so "peaceful," "contented" and "happy" then. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
EAN: 9781331497585
ISBN: 1331497582
Publisher: Forgotten Books
Dimensions: 22.86 x 15.24 x 0.13 centimetres (0.05 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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