Capulalpan, known as a “Pueblo Magico” (Magical Village), is my favorite place so far. They have a political system called “usos y costumbres” where the community is essentially able to sustain itself. There are voluntary jobs (which are more obligatory than voluntary) which are required to move up and for example, become the representative of the village. Even though a person holds this position, he or she cannot make a decision by themselves without the consent of the community as a whole.
There was a political activist that came in tonight, and he told us about a few of the events and conflicts he faced and was involved with while living in Capulalpan. His words were truly inspiring and I aspire to do the work that he accomplished and will accomplish as a member of his community. I look forward to sharing all that I learned from him and Capulalpan as a whole. I say this because I see this place as a role model for communities within the U.S. that could adopt this political mechanism and way of living successfully.
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