Responsibility and the irresponsible in Mexico

5/9/2016 El Daily Post

peña-nietoHow we Mexicans conduct ourselves publicly has always intrigued me — blocking traffic by double parking, a political party advocating absurd and counterproductive bills, or a hotel entrepreneur destroying a wilderness area to add more rooms for guests. Why are Mexicans so endowed with behaviors that openly appear to be irresponsible, harmful to everyone, except to the immediate person engaging in them?

The essence of human freedom lies in each person deciding how to act according to his or her individual interest, whenever this does not affect third parties. Among the thousands of examples of irresponsible behavior or those patently injurious to the collective interests that can be observed daily in the country, the big problem is how to define that collective interest and who decides it.

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