Passive-Aggressive Gringo Repellent

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Mexicans like keeping Mexico Mexican, Steve Sailer suggests:

“Nothing ever happens in Mexico until it happens,” said (maybe) dictator Porfirio Diaz.

You are often told that if you look at a map, you can see that it’s a law of nature that the United States of America must fill up with Mexicans. You almost never hear anybody suggest that the map implies that Mexico must fill up with Americans, which would seem more likely a priori.

How do the Mexicans keep the gringos from inundating Mexico? Some of its by law, some of its by violent lawlessness, but a lot is by a sort of passive-aggressive cruddiness: nobody is too sure who owns what land, the streets are dangerous to cross if you aren’t young and nimble, the hospitals are kind of inept, and so forth and so on.

Former foreign secretary Jorge Castaneda suggested that if Mexico were to try to make the country more appealing to American retirees, they’d find they had made the country better for Mexicans. But that idea hasn’t proven popular.


  1. Bob Sykes says:

    Well, we did fill up the northern half of Mexico. Maybe we should go whole hog and take the rest. They do have great beaches, and wholesale dope.

  2. Isegoria says:

    More seriously, imagine the real-estate value of Baja California as part of the US, rather than Mexico.

  3. Slovenian Guest says:

    You are onto something, Bob. Annexation instead of amnesty may be an even better idea than a border train!

  4. Dan Kurt says:

    Read the history of the Mexican war. President James Polk instructed Diplomat Nicholas Trist to obtain Baja California, but Trist decided not to do it, defying Polk and angering General Winfield Scott.

    The Baja came close, very close, to being part of California.

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