Yearly Archives: 2017

December 31, 2017

Old Year, New Year

Luis Rubio The end of each year brings nostalgia for what’s gone, expectation for what’s coming, fear of the unknown and optimism for the opportunities that the New Year might bring with it. Today, the last day of a complex and contentious year, is a good time to reflect upon what the big thinkers, entrepreneurs […]

December 26, 2017

Corruption Is Mexico’s Original Sin

Luis Rubio   ARGUMENT Corruption Is Mexico’s Original Sin Personal enrichment has always been central to Mexico’s political system — and only a revolution can change that. BY LUIS RUBIO  | DECEMBER 26, 2017, 3:39 PM Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto at the National Palace in Mexico City on April 24, 2017. (Alfredo Estrella/AFP/Getty Images) On Dec. […]

December 24, 2017

My Readings

Luis Rubio “I always imagined that Paradise would be a kind of library.” Jorge Luis Borges     In such a changing and convulsive world, it is of the essence to read about everything, listen to ideas that are attractive as well as repulsive in order to maintain a clear and sharp perspective of the […]

December 17, 2017

Daily Wrongs

Luis Rubio I do not know, dear reader, whether things in our daily lives seem normal to you that are not normal: the problems that are not solved, the corners at which people are robbed, the floods that return, the traffic jams and all the “little” things that make life unnecessarily complex, which is already […]

December 10, 2017

On the Cheap

Luis Rubio Spain embarked upon the conformation of an integral strategy of tourism development in the cultural ambit when it identified, as an opportunity for attracting that type of visitor, the development of small counties and towns. That was how the national network of state-owned hotels, known as “paradores,” in many cases installed on the […]

December 3, 2017

What to Do About the South?

Luis Rubio The poverty of the southern part of the country is an open sore and intolerable and even more so when the widening gap characterizing the Two Mexicos is appreciated: the one growing swiftly, and the one falling behind, ever mor0065 impoverished. The recent earthquakes have done nothing more than evidence, once again, the […]

November 26, 2017

Perspective on Democracy

Luis Rubio When, in the seventies, the country began to adopt democratic reforms, the hope was that this system of government would gradually take on strength, creating conditions for the development of the country in a much more stable and permanent fashion. The successive electoral and political reforms, it was assumed, would be accompanied by […]

November 19, 2017

The ones in FRONT

Luis Rubio The so-called “Front” is a strange entity: it is not an alliance nor a common candidacy. It was born as a great idea: to achieve, all at once, the survival of the PRD and to block the candidacy of López Obrador. Its original rationale was simple: in the logic of the preservation of […]

November 12, 2017

The Impending Change

 Luis Rubio Mexico is living through the enormous paradox of a society and economy in full effervescence in the face of a political world that inhabits unbridgeable palaces of the old PRIist system, including its partners and godchildren. On the one hand, the economy has been experiencing an accelerated transformation for decades: both winners as […]

November 5, 2017

People and institutions

Luis Rubio Few decisions in our history will be as transcendent as the nomination of the new Prosecutor General. The appointment will be critical not only for the crucial role played by the person who will be responsible for administering justice and the fight against corruption, but for the enormous autonomy it will enjoy under […]