Although this book has many different points which should absolutely be taken seriously into consideration, the aim of this paper is to address and discuss several in particular. Here we will be discussing, in specific regards to this book of Wright's, how Mexican land reform policy failed to address the disparities between the poor and the wealthy of Mexico, how fear is shown to shape the lives of the people that are featured and where this fear comes from, as well as how Mexico's government fails the workers in terms of protecting them and how this is to blame for the failure passed along and how this harms the environment. Be thoroughly addressing and discussing these particular issues, we will not only be able to better understand the book itself, but as well about the author and the main point of view that he was attempting to get across. This is what will be dissertated in the following.
In regards to the first issue of how Mexican land reform policy failed to address the disparities between the poor and the wealthy of Mexico, there are actually several answers that are included here. In the book we are told about how "Throughout history, popular discontent with land-related institutions has been one of the most common factors in provoking revolutionary movements and other social upheavalsas well as howTo those who labor upon the land, the private landowner's government-enforced privilege of appropriating a substantial portion - in some cases half or even more - of production without making a commensurate (or indeed any) contribution to production is self-evidently a rank injustice" (29). We are shown in this book as well as how although Mexico initiated an agrarian reform program over half a century ago which for the most part created positive results, at the same time it failed to properly incorporate the disparities between the poor and the wealthy of Mexico, and in fact ended up creating even more dispute and disruption in this regards. The book also tells about how the vision of Mexico's rural future envisaged by the reformers was actually one of the more large scale modern agroindustries, and as well about that of prosperous medium-scale private capitalist firms. Early land reform was mainly designed to serve for the political purpose of stopping peasant rebellions, particularly that of rebellions by indigenous Indian communities and this has incredibly important consequences for modern agrarian structures. As well, "In central Mexico, the area around Mexico City, peasants who received land in the 1920s often only received a hectare or so. This type of land grant was seen as simply a supplement to wage. It was assumed that ejidatarios would continue to work as day-laborers (jornaleros) for private farmers, as they had worked for the pre-revolutionary haciendas, or that they would migrate to the cities" (101).
When it comes to the matter of how the emotion of fear worked to shape the lives of the people featured in this book of Wright's, this is actually an incredibly important and major issue. The majority of the fear is caused by the fact of how - as previously discussed - the Mexican land reform policy failed to properly address the disparities between the poor and the wealthy of Mexico, and thus the poor were left with even less than what they