How Brown University “Choices” program disseminates propaganda

My 9th grader asked for help today with a required reading about Mexico.  Before helping with this assignment, I’d never heard of Brown University’s Choices Program.

Having seen just a bit of its “lesson” on Mexico, I’ll be on the lookout for it.  In just a few pages, it pretty much exonerates Mexico from its problems, blaming America and free market reforms. Please pay special attention to the cartoon that occupies almost a quarter of a page in this reading.

Never mind that Mexico never had free market reforms (it just had oligarchic capitalism) and that it uses illegal immigration to Mexico as a safety valve excusing its endemic corruption. Poor and criminal people leave the country; American dollars flow in — or at least they did, until our economic collapse, when poor Mexicans were faced with a saggy American economy to the North, and a corrupt, violent country to the South.

Choices Program on Mexico for High School students

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  • Danny Lemieux

    Er, the print was rather small, but I missed that part about Mexico’s border control policy, toward people like Ecuadorans and Guatemalans, for example.

  • Navy Bob

    My In-Laws are from Mexico and they tell me, and from what I have observed they are correct, is that Mexico is country of very rich and very poor and the income gap is far wider than in the US. There are few people in the middle.  The tax burden on the rich is small.

  • lee

    Well, isn’t that just precious…
    Maybe someone should bring up in lcass just why there were so many Mexican refugees flowing into the US in the 1920’s (The Cristeros War.)
    Or what is Mexican law on immigration say? Hmmmm.. Check this out from the Washington TImes:
    “…[T]he General Law on Population enacted in Mexico in April 2000, […] mandates that federal, local and municipal police cooperate with federal immigration authorities in that country in the arrests of illegal immigrants.
    Under the Mexican law, illegal immigration is a felony, punishable by up to two years in prison. Immigrants who are deported and attempt to re-enter can be imprisoned for 10 years. Visa violators can be sentenced to six-year terms. Mexicans who help illegal immigrants are considered criminals.
    The law also says Mexico can deport foreigners who are deemed detrimental to “economic or national interests,” violate Mexican law, are not “physically or mentally healthy” or lack the “necessary funds for their sustenance” and for their dependents…

  • Charles Martel

    People often say that Obama’s goal is to change the United States into a nation that resembles Western Europe in its political, cultural, and economic structure. That goal may look great on paper–after all, who can resist the notion of being a nation of boulevardiers whose healthcare is free?—but if you really want to see the endpoint of Democratic politics, look to Mexico. Its corrupt, oligarchic, crony-capitalist infrastructure is exactly what Obama and his henchmen are trying to induce here. 
    It doesn’t help that the presence of so many Mexicans illegally in this country helps condition many Americans to accept a Mexican-style existence. Most illegals are hard workers and, aside from pissing on our immigration laws, mostly law-abiding. But they are also massively ignorant and passive, coming from a tradition of keeping your head down, paying whatever bribes you must, and never believing that you are not a subject the oligarchs can treat any way they please.
    The icing on the cake is that you are practiced in deception and corruption. You assume that civil society cannot exist because you’ve never seen one. So you accept the rottenness of the larger society and devote your energies to navigating your way through it, extracting as many advantages from it as you can while doing nothing to give back to it.
    I quit the Republican Party because of its fantasy that Mexicans will, as they prosper under some sort of amnesty, come to their senses and skew conservative. It is one of the biggest bindles of nonsense I’ve ever encountered, the equivalent of a doctor transfusing Coke into a patient and expecting it to magically acquire the characteristics of blood.

  • Ymarsakar

    Do people realize the Mexican aristocrats pocket more than 50% of the earnings Mexicans receive in the US? And the drug cartels and smugglers get the rest, leaving a small percentage left for the families of Mexican migrant workers.
    That sound fair to your slave promoting teachers in Lib land?

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