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  • Rancor and Animosities

     Luis Rubio Live by the sword, goes the saying, die by the sword.  In this manner, storm clouds- in the form of animosities, rancor, disqualifications and contempt- have ushered in the government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador. This is a way of conducting politics that wagers on the permanence of favorable winds, of continuous support, […]

  • Why AMLO’s Attempt to Centralize Power Comes at a Cost

    AMERICAS QUARTERLY BY LUIS RUBIO | JANUARY 16, 2019 The Mexican president’s revolution speeds on, with little regard for the consequences. Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has a nostalgic vision of the country he wants to build over the next six years: a return to Mexico’s past in which presidents make decisions while officials and the public […]

  • Government or Revolution?

    Luis Rubio In the historical vision of the Left, the government was not the product of an election but rather as the result of a revolution or, in any case, as a takeover. The objective was power and the means for acquiring it were least in importance: assumption of power to change the world. The […]

  • Now’s the Time

    Luis Rubio The sum of the expectations, demands and needs of the population do not allow the new government much leeway. A month after his inauguration, Andrés Manuel López Obrador is now formally in charge and is responsible for the daily and the long-term comings and goings of the country. Now it is his responsibility […]

  • End and beginning

                Luis Rubio To my dear Gaby and Rafael in this terrible hour Every year the same thing happens: one year ends and another begins, like the normal cycle of life. On this occasion, Mexico is starting a new ear, under the promise of a radical change regarding what Mexicans have lived through in recent […]

  • Optional and A Loser

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  • My Readings

    Luis Rubio Let other boast about how many pages they have written; I’d rather boast about the ones I’ve read Jorge Luis Borges Jonathan Tepperman, the editor of Foreign Policy, argues in The Fix, that there are unconventional solutions to the problems that confront countries and that everything depends on the way the crises that […]

  • The Opportunity

    Luis Rubio Mexico needs a change of regime just as the citizenry demanded and President López Obrador offered. But not any change will do. For the second time in a few decades, Mexicans find themselves face to face with the opportunity to modify the regime and build one that responds to the needs of all […]

  • I’ll be damned if I don’t (end corruption)

    Luis Rubio The country lost its way when it began to privilege economic decisions over political criteria. Things went well when leaders emanated from the people made decisions that separated -and, in fact, subordinated- the economic power and the interests of the elites to the political power. Therefore, the solution to the problems of the […]

  • Paradoxes

    Luis Rubio Governmental changes are always paradoxical: one administration exits knowing that it did not achieve what it had proposed and another begins believing that the moon and the stars are within its reach. Whatsoever the nation or the moment in history, political transitions are always a study in contrasts between optimism and pessimism, derailed […]


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