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  • The Myth of the Past

    Luis Rubio For President López Obrador the sixties were the climactic moment of the public life of the country. In that era Mexico grew at rates of nearly 7%, there was order and there was no social conflict. The time seemed idyllic; much more so, on being viewed in retrospect. However, a backward glance at […]

  • Key Year

    Luis Rubio The second complete year of the government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador commences, a year in which his project and strategies begin to bear fruits. That sown in his first year (in reality, given the circumstances, a year and a half) must yield results. But above all, from now on there is no […]

  • The Relationship

    Wilson Center – Mexico Institute January 06,2020 by Luis Rubio @lrubiof  There is no border as complex and diverse as that separating Mexico from the U.S. It would be easy to simplify it, rationalize it as a merely commercial matter. The reality comprises an enormous diversity, complexity and multiplicity. The boundary with the U.S. includes […]

  • The Relationship

    Luis Rubio There is no border as complex and diverse as that separating Mexico from the U.S. It would be easy to simplify it, rationalize it as a merely commercial matter. The reality comprises an enormous diversity, complexity and multiplicity. The boundary with the U.S. includes legal and illegal crossing points, drugs, contraband, persons, ideas, […]

  • Old and New

    Luis Rubio Life has its cycles and the calendar too. A year is about to end and the next one begins: the expectation never ceases to be present in the form of hope and fear, opportunity and possibility. As in other years, I take this moment to quote some of the great thinkers, this time […]

  • My Readings

     Luis Rubio “Of all of man’s instruments that is not an extension of the body but of the mind, the most wondrous, no doubt, is the book” Jorge Luis Borges   There are few themes as culminating in public discussion, in Mexico and in the world, as the manner in which to conduct economic affairs. […]

  • Narratives and Realities

    Luis Rubio Politics in the era of the ubiquity of information is about narratives: contrasting visions of the world that exaggerate the differences and attenuate the coincidences, all for the sake of capturing the support of the citizenry and its vote. The essence of politics has not changed, but the speed of the message, the […]

  • Violence and Terrorism

    Luis Rubio The bullets did not do the job. Hugs aren’t working either. Insecurity and violence increase and there is no reasonable diagnosis of the problem nor of how to solve it. A threat by President Trump was enough for those responsible of security to forget about the problem or its terrible consequences for citizens, […]

  • A Year of Retreat

    WILSON CENTER – Mexico Institute Nov 24, 2019, by Luis Rubio @lrubiof As the López Obrador administration ends its first year in office, Mexicans can look back to a period of unrestrained change, mostly to recreate the legal structures of the past. The president has not been shy or modest in his objective to establish […]

  • Another Rationality

     Luis Rubio Max Weber, the German sociologist, wrote that modernity –“the fate of our time”- consists of the advance of rationality and the retreat of the mystery, which he denominates “the disenchantment of the world.” Modernization implied, in his conception, the abandonment of magic in order to incorporate rationality into the making of decisions and […]


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