Olga Magdalena Lazin
In Statism, It’s Recurring Cycles in Mexico and Romania by Olga Magdalena Lazin, readers are taken on an incredible ride through history to learn about the development of state-sanctioned regulation. Dr. Lazin offers a comprehensive overview of how governments wield power and control their citizens, thus providing insight into successful and unsuccessful attempts at Statism over time.
It’s an eye-opening experience—with her thought-provoking exploration of how Mexican and Romanian Statist leaders exercise power over its citizens and how this can have both positive and negative effects. The author does an excellent job of articulating her position without becoming overly biased, providing valuable insights into the history and theory of political science and diving into contemporary political debates surrounding influence and control in government. Furthermore, she mentions the complex political landscape of Mexico, including the challenges posed by drug cartels, factionalism within political parties, and the struggle to maintain a stable government. One entire chapter is focused on the Mexican cartels in Sinaloa, and how the state has failed to stop its expansion in 6 other states.
Thus, bringing to light the potential benefits a Statist society can bring—her logic provides a unique understanding of what is often oversimplified and criticized in American culture. As a result, her book provides a well-rounded, well-researched, well-written view of an often-overlooked topic.
The author’s writing style is easy to grasp yet gripping and engaging, and she provides evidence and case studies to illustrate her points and support her arguments. Her writing strengths include a combination of academic and journalistic techniques, with a clear focus on presenting facts and opinions. For example, Dr. Lazin’s ability to challenge commonly held beliefs about civil society in Eastern Europe, where readers can find information about the security agencies operating in Romania and the potential threats to the country’s democratic future.
The book talks about the importance of civil society in Mexico and Romania, focusing on the lack of it under communist rule in Eastern Europe and the challenges faced in establishing a civil society in post-communist Romania. She also mentioned the recurring cycles of governmental human rights abuse in various countries, a relevant topic to explore.
In addition, she touches on topics such as civic engagement, promoting democratic values, the context for Orwell’s novel, and an informative account of Stalinist Russia’s language control. There is also a clear argument that Mexico is a terrorist state because it uses spyware against its citizens. Here, readers can see the use of descriptive language to convey the oppressive nature of these regimes but can also appreciate the analysis of the role of activism and advocacy in promoting democracy and justice in these two countries.
Her writing has a formal tone and includes a mix of historical context, current events, and personal insights. She also uses some technical terms and acronyms, which may require some prior knowledge for the reader, especially when she criticizes the corrupt leadership in both countries. Nevertheless, she effectively conveys the importance of civil society, activism, and advocacy in Mexico and Romania.
The author is assertive and filled with facts. However, it also uses language appropriate for the topic and target audience, focusing on providing commentary on the political situations in both countries.
Statism, It’s Recurring Cycles in Mexico and Romania is an excellent read for anyone wanting or seeking to gain insight into historical trends and philosophical questions about state authority. This book surpasses surface-level analysis, and is highly recommended for those seeking a distinct and pragmatic point of view.
– The Moving Words Review
Official Entry: The Most Moving Book Award, Jan. 3, 2024