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Mexico

Facts and stats about Mexico

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Author: jaacosta47

Mexico or the United Mexican States is composed of 31 states and a single federal district. The country is governed by the federal republic under a centralized government. The President is the head of state and the executive branch. The other two branches are the legislative and judicial. The Chamber of Deputies is composed of 500 deputies elected during free elections every three years. 300 of them are elected in so-called single seat constituencies while the other 200 are voted according to the principle of proportional representation. Mexico has always remained neutral during global conflicts. However, there were political parties that have made proposals for the amendment of the constitution so the Mexican armed forces can cooperate with the United Nations for international peacekeeping missions. The nation is also one of the founders of international organizations like the United Nations, Organization of American States and Organization of Ibero-American States.

116.22 million

Population. Ranked 11th in 2013.

$9,747.46

GDP per capita. Ranked 60th in 2012.

Borders

Belize 250 km, Guatemala 962 km, US 3,141 km
Largest city Mexico City - 8,735,400
Capital city Mexico City - 8,735,400
Major language Spanish
Major religion Christianity
Monetary unit Mexican peso
Alternative names ma*axico, Mexico, Estados Unidos Mexicanos, United Mexican States
Groups Catholic countries, Christian countries, Emerging markets, Former Spanish colonies, Hot countries, Latin America and Caribbean, World

Mexico Map

1.94 million sq km

Sq. km. Ranked 15th in 2008.

Description Mexico's Territorial Evolution.png
Mapa politico de México (pincha en la imagen para verlo ampliado)
See also: Maps of Baja Peninsula, Mexico City, and the Yucatan ...

Interesting observations about Mexico

Mexico ranked third for population amongst Christian countries in 2013.
Mexico ranked second for airports amongst Hot countries in 2013.
Mexico ranked first for exports amongst Latin America and Caribbean in 2012.
Mexico ranked first for GDP amongst Former Spanish colonies in 2012.
Mexico ranked first for biodiversity > mammal species, threatened amongst Catholic countries in 2013.
Mexico ranked second for life expectancy at birth, total > years amongst Emerging markets in 2011.
Mexico ranked second for trade > exports to US globally in 2003.

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Mexico or the United Mexican States is composed of 31 states and a single federal district. The country is governed by the federal republic under a centralized government. The President is the head of state and the executive branch. The other two branches are the legislative and judicial. The Chamber of Deputies is composed of 500 deputies elected during free elections every three years. 300 of them are elected in so-called single seat constituencies while the other 200 are voted according to the principle of proportional representation. Mexico has always remained neutral during global conflicts. However, there were political parties that have made proposals for the amendment of the constitution so the Mexican armed forces can cooperate with the United Nations for international peacekeeping missions. The nation is also one of the founders of international organizations like the United Nations, Organization of American States and Organization of Ibero-American States.

Posted on 28 Mar 2014

jaacosta47

jaacosta47

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Mexico or the United Mexican States is composed of 31 states and a single federal district. The country is governed by the federal republic under a centralized government. The President is the head of state and the executive branch. The other two branches are the legislative and judicial. The Chamber of Deputies is composed of 500 deputies elected during free elections every three years. 300 of them are elected in so-called single seat constituencies while the other 200 are voted according to the principle of proportional representation. Mexico has always remained neutral during global conflicts. However, there were political parties that have made proposals for the amendment of the constitution so the Mexican armed forces can cooperate with the United Nations for international peacekeeping missions. The nation is also one of the founders of international organizations like the United Nations, Organization of American States and Organization of Ibero-American States.

Posted on 28 Mar 2014

jaacosta47

jaacosta47

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In response to Juan

The terms first second and third world became commonly used during the cold war era. At that time the \"first world\" referred to the United States and its allies. The term \"second world\" referred to the communist bloc countries (although this term was seldom used) and the term \"third world referred to those countries which were not aligned with the capitalist or communist powers.



Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the term \'second world\' ceased to be used, The term \'first world\' referred to all developed nations and \'third world\' referred to countries with poor infrastructure. Third world countries typically have high birth rates, low life expectency low per capita GDPand a low level of development on the human development index. Some analysts also use the term \'fourth world\' to refer to the very poorest of the third world countries.

Posted on 03 Jun 2005

Edria Murray, Staff Editor

Edria Murray, Staff Editor

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National borders are politically decided and continental borders have traditionally been decided by the identification of continental plates, a geological formation. In recent years, there has been some debate on the definition of a 'Continent', some arguments being politically motivated; for example, Russia and other CIS countries are now keen to be seen as being part of Europe because of the advantages of being associated with the EU, whereas two centuries back, the countries of what is now called Western Europe were happy to acknowledge the geological fact that this (Western European) region is technically a vast peninsula of the Eurasian land mass that extends west from the Dardanelles, Black Sea, and Ural Mountains and is the sixth-largest continent.

One clear explanation of 'geopolitics' that I found is by Greg Cruey at: http://goasia.about.com/od/countriesaz/a/asiadefined.htm, where he says: "Geopolitical units have replaced continents in the public mind. The Middle East, for example, extending from Iran through the Arabian Peninsula and across North Africa, is not a continent. Algeria is in the Middle East, and on the continent of Africa. Iran is also in the Middle East, but on the continent of Asia. The middle East is not unique in this; terms like "Central America" and "Latin America" are both intended to replace geographic categories by using criteria other than just geography. And until after WWII, Southeast Asia was an unthought of idea: Burma and Thailand were "Greater India" and Vietnam and Cambodia were Indo-China. Geography may not change much, but time and politics seem to change how we interpret it."

Posted on 11 Mar 2005

Suchita Vemuri, Staff Editor

Suchita Vemuri, Staff Editor

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Actually the University of Mexico was founded in 1551 and fully working by 1553 while the University of San Marcos in Lima did not open doors until de 1540s...

Posted on 19 Mar 2011

iskinder

iskinder

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Mexico is a dangerous and filthy dump.

Posted on 25 Jun 2010

H.. Himmler

H.. Himmler

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Mexico is amazing!!! Cancun,Los Cabos, Mazatlan, Merida, Chiapas , are places that you have to visit before you die....Viva Mexicouuuu!!

Posted on 24 Apr 2010

Patty

Patty

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the first university in Mexico was founded in 1551, and was the second built in the Americas -- The first one was founded by the Spaniards in the Caribbean island of La Hispañola, now Dominican Republic/Haiti.

Posted on 16 May 2005

iskinder

iskinder

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Part 3 of a Series on the Mexican racial hierarchy and its implications for America
By Steve Sailor

After almost twenty generations of intermarriage between whites and Indians, Mexico has ended up with an almost wholly white elite, a vast mixed race (mestizo) working class, and at least 10 million extremely impoverished pure Indians who have never assimilated into Hispanic culture. And the ruling class is becoming ever whiter. How did this happen? And what does it portend for America\'s dream of colorblind equality?

The first column in this series described the corruption of Mexico\'s white rulers. The second outlined race in Mexico. This will explain the mechanism through which Latin America\'s seemingly anti-racist freedom to marry across color lines produces such racially hierarchical societies - and what this implies for the U.S.

In Mexico, white conquistadors interbred with Indian women to produce mestizos. Let\'s assume that in 1519 the Spaniards and the Mexican Indians were equal in IQ and other significantly heritable traits that aid economic success. I\'ll follow Jared Diamond (Guns, Germs & Steel: The Fates of Human Societies) in stipulating that the conquistadors won solely because by luck they had the guns, germs, and steel on their side, and that the only reason they had superior technology was because Spain was less isolated than Mexico.

Now, imagine a conquistador and his Indian woman have two sons in the 1520s. These two mestizo brothers grow up and go out in the world to seek their fortunes. One is smarter, and he strikes it rich. The other wasn\'t so lucky in the genetic lottery, and he becomes poor. The rich son has a wide variety of potential wives to choose from. Like most men, and like almost all Mexican men, he is more attracted to blonde women, and thus marries one. (If you aren\'t familiar with the depths of Mexico\'s blonde obsession, try watching Spanish-language TV shows. Almost all the women on Mexican TV look like Finns.) His impoverished brother, in contrast, cannot attract a blonde wife. So he marries an Indian girl.

Then, the brothers have children. On average, the smarter, richer brother\'s kids, who are 3/4 white, are smarter than their underprivileged 1/4 white cousins. They\'re smarter not because they are whiter, but because their father had more smartness genes than their uncle. This trend continues: in both families, the smartest, most energetic, and most ruthless sons marry the blondest wives, while the blondest daughters marry the husbands with the most Right Stuff. Repeat for another dozen and a half generations. By 2000, this pattern could lead to the most European-looking people being the most naturally formidable, even if they weren\'t when they arrived in 1519.

Now, in Mexico every century or so, there is a massive upheaval like the Revolution of 1910. The white monopoly is fractured. Up through the cracks come the most talented mestizos and Indians. They start dynasties that persist to this day … but their grandsons and great-grandsons are notably whiter than they were, since the men of the family have been exploiting their social ascendancy to marry white women. (Of course, many rich Mexican men father second families with their lower-ranking mistresses. But these kids seldom get the breaks in life that the legitimate children do.)

The ruling class today is not restricted solely to the legitimate heirs of the current magnates, however. It continues to recruit smart young men from the lower orders. For example, President Ernesto Zedillo, who has a doctorate from Yale in economics, is from a quite poor background. Yet, he looks pure white (and acts that way, too -- his aides used to call him \"El Nerd\" behind his back). His mother was a medical student who dropped out for obscure reasons. There is some uncertainty about whether he really is the biological son of the obscure Mexicali electrician who raised him, or of a Finance Ministry official.

President Zedillo is the classic manifestation of Mexico\'s \"technocrat\" trend. Extremely well-educated young men with state-of-the-art managerial skills shove aside the old guard \"dinosaurs.\" The great majority of these bright young things are all or almost all white. In the U.S., we see an IQ gap of roughly half of a standard deviation between non-Hispanic whites and Mexican-American mestizos, and something like that probably holds true in Mexico too, after all this assortative mating.

Why does the Mexican government need so many technocrats? After all, Chicago\'s similar one-party machine clanks along just fine under the guidance of endearingly mediocre minds. Mexico\'s Left, however, demanded the intrusion of the state into the business world, such as the nationalization of the oil business in 1938 by the sainted President Cardenas (father of the leftist candidate for President in 2000). Ironically, nationalizing industries started the need for technocrats in government, which turned out to mean more whites at the top.

Mexico has in some ways become an IQ meritocracy rather like Imperial China. Enormous prestige and power have gone to graduates of American Ivy League universities. (Or at least to people who claim to have graduated from these universities -- quite a number of cabinet officials were recently found to have failed to complete the degrees on their official resumes.) Still, the educational levels of top government officials is radically higher than in the past, and may even be higher than in the U.S.

The technocratic ascendancy, though, has not decreased corruption or brought more justice to Mexico. Nepotism and cronyism remain rampant. The leaders became less in touch with their subjects, and less sympathetic to their needs, than at any time since the Revolution. Having a lot of Ivy League PhD’s run a semi-literate country where maybe only 2% or 3% of the population subscribe to newspapers is not necessarily a recipe for good government. In a political culture where the current President personally picked the next President, this IQ stratification meant that Presidents increasingly picked their own elitist technocrat aides, many of whom had never won an election before, rather than traditional slap-on-the-back politicians who were more in tune with the masses.

The technocrats have some successes to their names, such as Mexico\'s highly rational process of developing new tourist destinations. But after several decades of hideous corruption and mismanagement, the average Mexican is sick of technocrats. So the PRI made sure to nominate a presidential candidate this year who only had a bachelor\'s degree.

Whites have also dominated even Leftist Guerilla movements. For example, Subcommandante Marcos, who led the Chiapas Guerilla uprising in 1994, is a white college professor from Mexico City. The reason he calls himself a Subcommandante instead of a Commandant is because he supposedly answers to the real Commandants, who are all Mayan Indians. In fact, Marcos was not originally the spokesman for the rebels -- a Mayan named Commandant Felipe made the initial statements to the press on January 1, 1994. But he proved insufficiently charismatic and articulate in Spanish, so Marcos elbowed him aside a few hours later. But of course, Marcos is today the real Supercommandane and the Indians do what he says.

What does all this portend for America as we become more genetically and culturally Mexican?

Interracial marriage between whites and East Asians in California has indeed worked largely as advertised, bringing these two races quite close together. Since Asians tend to have slightly higher IQ\'s and significantly better work ethics than whites, white-Asian weddings have contributed to racial equality. The trend toward white-Asian couples, however, has benefited Asian women and hurt Asian men, since only 28% of white-Asian couples feature an Asian husband. (See my ever-controversial article \"Is Love Colorblind?\" [http://www.isteve.com/IsLoveColorblind.htm])

On the other hand, a new class system based on color is also growing more visible in Southern California. Although the men of LA are less prejudiced about women\'s hair and skin color than the men of Mexico, in LA, like most places, the blonde remains queen. As Hugh Hefner has pointed out, for 85 years Hollywood has pulled in the most beautiful blondes from all over the world, which is why native-born California women are so attractive. For generations to come, the blondes will keep arriving from all over America, Canada, and Europe, and they\'ll continue to marry the hardest charging, most successful men. This will keep LA\'s hereditary overclass blonder than is expected by today\'s Tiger Woods-bedazzled conventional wisdom.

Likewise, the Hispanic influx into California seems to be simply recreating the racial hierarchy of Latin America - rather like the freed slaves who went to Liberia set up an imitation Southern slave-owning society there. America\'s leading Latino politicians tend to marry Anglo (for example, the last two Latino Cabinet officers, the head of the Hispanic Congressional Caucus, and the last two presidents of the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund [MALDEF]). Thus, the Mexican-American elite is likely to become even whiter over the generations.

While upwardly mobile Mexican-Americans marry blonde Anglos, downwardly mobile white men wed Mexicans. Now, there is no doubt plenty to be said for getting hitched to a Mexican lady. They probably tend to make better mothers, homemakers, and cooks than the leggy blonde careerists who, however, are so much more in demand in Southern California. But sadly, there is a big social cost to Anglo-Hispanic marriages - which raises severe doubts about America\'s ability to assimilate Latino immigrants. As pro-immigration/pro-assimilation researcher Gregory Rodriguez admits, \"Surprisingly, in most homes headed by an Anglo/Latino couple, Spanish becomes the household language.\" [http://www.med.ucla.edu/cesla/oped/5-5-96.htm]

Thus, those L.A. blue-collar whites who don\'t flee to Utah will tend to assimilate genetically and culturally into Latino culture.

If the U.S. were to adopt a merit-based immigration policy like Canada\'s that favored high-IQ Asians, then skin and hair color would become less accurate predictors of intelligence and social class. However, our current nepotism-driven immigration system, which allows in so many mestizo immigrants under the family reunification provisions, is simply importing Latin America\'s race-based inequality.

Posted on 06 Dec 2004

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