“Between 1988 and 2006, the criminal economy, which has always been present in the history of capitalism, grew through an increasingly wide range of modalities to set up linkages between various elements of the political class and the criminal economy: narcopolítical capitalism emerged. In the beginning, in some places, it engaged in activities such as building schools or roads – activities that had been abandoned by the state. As the UN had reported in the early 2000s, Mexico imported ephedrine in such magnitude that all Mexicans must have been sick with the flu all year. The truth began to crystallize by 2005, when the Mexican criminal economy already had factories and contracts in Asia.”
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