By 2010 Mexican drug cartels were active in 50 countries around the world. Obviously, they’ve achieved a lot more since then. This is a truly global phenomenon now.
I can’t tell you, folks, how much my heart bleeds for Mexico. It’s a wonderful country with amazing people and incredible culture. It didn’t have to go in this direction. Back in 1999, things were actually looking up. The PRI stronghold on the country was about to be broken, the economy was better than in most other places of Latin America. Poverty, corruption – that all existed but I don’t know, Mexico was a hopeful place. Compared to what there is now, it was almost fine.
Mexico is one of those countries that is experiencing the collapse of the nation-state in fast motion. Global crime has subsumed the national government, and the weakened government cannot oppose anything to other countries, both richer and poorer, outsourcing its problems to Mexico. There is simply nothing to stand between the good, normal people (who are obviously the majority) and the flows of global crime, capital, and problems.
When people say “globalization,” they forget to mention how huge a part of it is represented by globalized crime networks which are massively strengthened by the retreat of the nation-state.