• Legacies

    Luis Rubio The government is confronting unmistakable challenges in the most diverse ambits, for which it does not have reasonable or viable solutions. Insecurity, inequality, poverty and the lack of growth, to mention only a few, are nodal problems that the country has been up against for decades –if not centuries‑ and that are unlikely […]

  • Mismatch

    Luis Rubio Not at all surprising is the existence of tensions between the needs of the economy to be able to progress and the demands imposed by the population by means of democratic actions. In order to attract investments and create conditions for progress, governments must restrain themselves in budgetary matters and avoid distortions such […]

  • Costs, and benefits?

    Luis Rubio The president is pushing quickly ahead on all fronts. In the economic sphere, he has neutralized, dismantled or weakened practically all the entities designed to regulate investments and the functioning of markets, including electricity, hydrocarbons as well as the boards of directors of the state’s “productive” enterprises and the development banks. Even before […]

  • Mexico And The Problem Of ‘Privilege Violence’

    WORLD CRUNCH/AMERICA ECONOMIA Luis Rubio   Mexico And The Problem Of ‘Privilege Violence’ If President López Obrador really wants to give his country peace and security, he’ll need to tackle criminal complicity among the powers that be. MEXICO CITY — Violence ends up destroying or at the very least transforming civilizations. So what can be done to […]

  • Injured Parties

    Luis Rubio When Don Quixote discovers windmills, he says to his squire “Fortune is guiding our affairs better than we could have wished. Do you see over yonder, friend Sancho, thirty or forty hulking giants? I intend to do battle with them and slay them. With their spoils we will begin to be rich for […]

  • Ending the Violent Order

    Luis Rubio “The solution to the problem, says Rachel Kleinfeld, lies in re-civilizing society and the political system.”  Violence has very clear and distinctive explanations in each specific situation that can be reverted if the problem is focused correctly. The author* affirms that it is possible to restore peace and order if a leadership is […]

  • Why NAFTA Is Critical for Mexico

     Americas Quarterly   LUIS RUBIO | APRIL 15, 2019   The not-yet-ratified USMCA has already impacted Mexican institutions, beyond the economy.   For Mexico, the North American Free Trade Agreement as originally designed was much more about politics than trade. The George Bush administration that negotiated the agreement understood that and, in fact, saw NAFTA in geopolitical, rather […]

  • Restrictions

    Luis Rubio The handiest hypothesis on the causes of the electoral result of the past year refers to the population’s being fed up, the evident corruption of the government of the moment and, above all, the paltry outcomes of decades of reforms in terms of incomes, poverty and equity.  All of this is doubtlessly valid, […]

  • If Not Progress, What?

    Luis Rubio At the beginning of this century, Russia found itself at a crossroads. The end of the Cold War had opened limitless opportunities, but its process of transition -from an economy that was controlled, centralized and one without private property to a market economy- had been disastrous. Instead of spreading the property among millions […]

  • The New Masters

    Luis Rubio There is nothing like showing the true colors of a government and in Panavision. When one of the most emblematic members of President López Obrador’s coalition threatens the citizenry with sanctions, it is clear that the government is not there to govern or, in the old sense of the term, “serve” the population, […]

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