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Plate 12: Too much drink and not enough ink, the methods of Porfirio Díaz's totalitarian regime

1947
20th Century
8 1/2 x 12 in. (22 x 30 cm)

Everardo Ramirez, Mexican, (1906–1964)
Taller de Gráfica Popular, Mexican, b. 1937

Object Type: PRINTS
Creation Place: North America, Mexico
Medium and Support: Linocut
Accession Number: 17-G-5010(9)
See comment for 17-G-5010(1-78).

Mucho pulque y poca tinta, el metodo del Caciquismo Porfiriano. Grabado de Everardo Ramírez.

La cultura fué un concepto ignorado por los hacendados y caciques. Era preciso mantener en la mayor ignorancia a los campesinos, con el objeto de que no se dieran cuenta de las miserables condiciones en que vivían. En las “tiendas de raya” se les daba alcohol en lugar de satisfactores económicos, se les embrutecía con toda mala fe y después los “ideólogos” del porfirismo afirmaban que el indio no servía para nada y que, por lo tanto, era preferable su extinción.


Too much drink and not enough ink, the methods of Porfirio Díaz's totalitarian regime. Print by Everardo Ramírez.

Culture was a concept ignored by hacendados (landowners) and caciques (political bosses). The peasant workers had to be kept in the greatest ignorance, so that they would not become aware of the miserable conditions in which they lived. In the "company store" they were given alcohol instead of acceptable sustenance, they were swindled in bad faith, and then, the "ideologues" of Porfirismo would assert that the Indians were useless and, therefore, their extinction preferable.

- Transcription and translation by Janice Prieto, '19
Current Location: Storage : Works on Paper : Drawers : D15

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