A Mexican Education

A Mexican Education: Lessons of the Street 1

Adriana Zehbrauskas, The New York Times

Empty shops and houses in downtown Monterrey, Mexico, in 2010

I have come to the conclusion that growing up in cold-war America was a very privileged experience. As an economic historian, I am aware that much of humanity's history, like much of the present, consists of war, conquest, violent exploitation, and general nastiness. Most of this unpleasantness has been a result of economic ambition.

Today, the situation in northern Mexico, where I live and teach, is fed not only by the demand for illegal drugs in the United States and the ease of