Zapatistas

Zapatistas

We visited the Palacio del Bellas Artes during an exhibition featuring paintings of revolutions. There were works by many famous artists. My favorite was this work by Alfredo Ramos Martínez. I love the eyes in the middle of the painting staring out. They tell me he has been pushed to the edge and is no longer willing to take the oppression.

The painting depicts peasants in the army of Emiliano Zapata, a leading figure in the Mexican revolution. The conflict lasted nearly a decade during which many lives were lost. It was a case of the oppressed common man uniting to overthrow a corrupt government treating the peasants more as fodder than human beings. Government in the modern day has gotten fat dumb and happy, repeating the mistakes that lead to the Mexican Revolution.

Our world needs a few more such uprisings to show the elitists in government that they are there to serve the people not their own self interests nor the interests of their cronies getting rich off the working class. It seems to be the only way to keep the politicians honest.

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