Drug related violence that has claimed 30,000 lives in Mexico the last four years has also driven American produce inspectors out of Northern Mexico. The article hyperlinked below notes that inspections are being done on the U.S. side of the border instead, and of course later in the process impeding the flow of cheap produce to U.S. salads.
The phenomena is a function of the poor U.S. Mexico policy that is in turn a function of bad economic management in the United States government. A morally acceptable policy would at least assure that Mexican produce exported to the United States is really surplus beyond what the people need for themselves. Perhaps nations engaging in International surplus trading of food should be required to tax shippers in order to direct a percent of food to actually undernourished peoples wherever they are.
Mohandas Gandhi wrote that “Nations are sustained neither by wealth nor by armies, but by righteousness alone. It is the duty of man to bear this truth in mind and practice altruism, which is the highest form of morality.”
Economic policy has been a topic of research in the field of neuro-philosophy. The way people make decisions and how dopamine reinforces decision making at a pre-concious level has been the subject of substantial research. The mind subconsciously knows almost ten seconds before the conscious mind makes a decision in some instances, of what the decision will be.
Stephen Hall’s book ‘Wisdom’ investigates several areas of research into the workings of the mind in moral judgements, decision making and so forth. Researchers have found that select areas of the brain-even the central and most primitive areas make decisions and reward accurate or positive decisions with a burst of dopamine. The pre-frontal cortex-a more recent evolution or addition to a human brain makes more abstract and complex judgments in some cases. The way emotion factors in to making moral judgments is also considered.
That of course is why the human process of decision making at a personal and social level differ in areas of the brain used for making a decision. Complex decision-especially complex social decisions are most hard to make-and we see the United States failing to make good political decisions quite commonly while the media rewards President Obama in his lame duck successes for reasons less intelligent than emotional. The failure of not only the Obama administration, but any administration to change U.s. economics to a low entropy, nationalistic criterion is a cobnsequence of the inherent difficulties in changing the foundation upon which econonmic decisions are made.
Economists and others build up a data base neurologically from which they make decisions. Conscious decisions are a tip of the data iceberg. economi sts have certain philosophical values that implicitly make an existential pursuit of personal satisfaction the highest good, and that of course is consistent with the more primative and emotional regions of the brain making decisions that concatenated produces a socially incompetant economic management phenomena.
Instead of managing society realistically U.S.economics is stuck in neo-classical individuated (even when corporations are regarded as individuals) pursuits of happiness. Value bases of economics esentially do not evolve nearly as quickly as social viability requires in respect of advancing general challenges ecologically, economically and nationally.
For many years we have known that a low entropy economic foundation and full employment are exceedingly desirabe social values that will make society happier if accomplished. We haave also been aware of the Mexican drug cartel plaza phenomenon of entire border cities being controlled by particular criminal organizations packaging illegal cargo for shipment north to the lucrative drug consuming U.S.A. Entire cities and social infrastructure are corrupted to facilitate concealment of drugs and I suppose guns in the other direction. it is said that 90% of Mexican drug exports to the U.S.A. pass right through border inspection stations. That northern Mexico is dangerous for Tomato inspectors is thus not very suprising.
The neuro-cognitive philosophical inspections of the brain, mind and social economics reveal that the basic American investment in change is quite minimal regarding progress toward and ecological economic policy with real border control and advance of social content.
A particular neo-classical economic outlook and the historical neuro-cognitive dopamine reinforced decision making and selection of values to be reinforced as ‘good’ negates the possibility of correcting the bi-lateral American-Mexican border issues in a rational way empirically. The series of free trade agreements the United States has entered in to do about nothing to direct a comparative trade advantage, low entropy economic security in each nation without the corrupting effects of migratory labor and ecological habitat destruction. In Alaska polar bear habitat is still attacked by the state government filing lawsuits to remove federal habita protections. The Obama administration circumstantially might negotiate pie slices of Arctic litoral none-development zone with Russia, Canada, Denmark and other nations to preserve the integrity of the Arctic and its wildlife in a coordinated way yet there again we find the basic neuro-cognitive philosophical decision making inertia rewarded by the dopamine of ‘the big score’, speaking of which, I could use that piece of lemon merangue pie myself. The challenge is to find it in a new and socially beneficial way.
Mexican migrant laborers range from Alaska to Florida, Chicago to the Carolinas and California even while Americans are out of work. To retake control of the border a new ecologically beneficial border control zone-perhaps a canal to desalinate siphoned up seawater and irrigation and recreational areas on both sides of the border could be made a primary construction stimulus project. No harm mass ecological reconstruction on both sides of the border to create permanent work should be a bilateral political goal with an upgrade in Mexican civil life and identification within a decriminalized social environment equally a target of American economic self-interest. The difficulties are in moving away from the existentialist economics of personal egoism that destructively influence U.S. economic management goals.