self determination

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Escrito por ZihuaRob desde ( el día viernes, 14 de septiembre, 2007 a las 00:08:25 horas :

En respuesta a: Absolute inevitability of development (RE: Laura's worst nightmare) escrito por Brainsurgeon desde ( el día jueves, 13 de septiembre, 2007 a las 22:24:24 horas :

As long as we embrace self determination as the basis of our democratic system of government, then I believe we need not stand idly by and suffer the whims of greedy developers in the gloomy picture you describe. It is my understanding that while many communities in our region welcome development, few of our residents would conform with becoming relegated to being servants to the wealthy. Our coastline is made up of fishermen, farmers, ranchers and artisans who are very proud and often stubborn in preserving their way of life. The type of development most envisioned by people here who even consider such concepts leans toward ecotourism that allows us to retain control of our communities, their values, their culture, and their natural beauty. I don't expect the model of Ixtapa or Cancún to be repeated along Guerrero's coast. The history of Guerrero's costeños shows they are more than capable of resisting changes they don't agree with. The hydroelectric dam project "La Parota" that the state and federal governments recently attempted to ram down the throats of poor farmers near Acapulco but was instead successfully blocked by them and has been effectively cancelled illustrates this characteristic.

Another important point to consider is that FONATUR simply doesn't have the funds to carry out such an ambitious project. They are so strapped for cash that they can't even properly maintain Ixtapa. Private investors have only to see the rotting hulk that was supposed to become Zihuatanejo's marina to see what can happen to unpopular developments. Corrupt politicians may allow a few unpopular developments to slip through the cracks here and there, but in the long run the cost to both developers and political parties can be higher a price than they're willing or able to pay, which is where trading land for votes to squatters comes in and why it has become the popular political tool of our political parties. Heck, we're already on the verge of another revolution here, and it wouldn't take much to set it off.

Power to the people!

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