When this is not there, chances are high that the middle class will support any revolutionary ideas that are within the state. It is the case of Mexico, under the leadership of President Porfirio Diaz (Leonard, 27). The second important reason for the emergence of the Mexican revolution is that the Presidency of Diaz was characterized by rapid changes in economic and social affairs in the Mexican history. Most Scholars argue that a strong economic growth is conducive for the people. It is because it will lead to the creation of jobs and reduction of poverty within a state. However, this is not the case of Mexico during the Presidency of Diaz. In as much as Mexico was experiencing some elements of economic growth, the poor and the middle class did not benefit (The hunt for Pancho Villa).It is only the bourgeoisie and the politically connected who managed to benefit from the economic and social changes that Mexico was experiencing. Furthermore, these economic changes that Mexico was experiencing led to the mass acquisition and dispossession of traditional land belonging to rural Mexicans. This situation was unacceptable to the Mexicans, and they were eager to acquire their ancestral lands (Gawronski, 366). The reason why the government took over these lands was to introduce commercial farming which was luxurious. The government used the wrong process to acquire these lands. The government used force, and it did not compensate the landowners on their possessed land. During the 20th and the 21st century, proper use of land was an important issue that affected people living in Latin America (Kelly, 32). For example, in Brazil, during the bloodless military coup against President Vargas of Brazil was because of his agrarian policies that targeted large land owners. It includes members of the military forces. The land was also held in great esteem in other Latin American countries such as Cuba, Bolivia, Argentina, Venezuela, etc (Gawronski, 369). It was, therefore, an error for President Diaz to repossess these lands, with force and without compensation.
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