Zapatistas -- culture not capitalism

Milo Gardner (
Mon, 5 Dec 1994 09:04:16 -0800 (PST)

The issue that faces Mexico is empowering native cultures.
Capitalism and sad and proven wrong Marxian economic
"solutions" replace one form of ills for another. Russia
proved that!

What Sub-commandant Marcos holding out for is a broad range
of political empowerments, beginning with the respect for
pre-Columbian cultures -- by stopping Ladinozation policies.
For sure economic aspects of Ladinoization needs to be
stopped, but replaced with educating native Mexicans in their
own culture -- a metaphor that far exceeded Spanish and European
culture of 1492 and even 1600!

For sure Mayans, for example, have slipped behind teh Western
Tradition, but Mayan math and astronomy are still trivialized
rather than respected and taught to the world.