Monthly Archives: August 2018

August 26, 2018

And the world begins to spin again…

Luis Rubio The days and weeks pass and the reality begins to sink in: things are more complex than the government in the making supposed and anticipated. The question is what it will do about it. The speed with which the president-elect took control of the discourse stunned all of Mexico -and the world- but […]

August 19, 2018

The Dispute Over the Paradigm

Luis Rubio The result of the presidential election altered not only the structure of power, but the nature of the political dispute. The citizenry opted for a strong presidency, with all the powers to undertake a structural change of potentially enormous dimensions. Even without anyone knowing, for certain, what the nature and reach of the […]

August 12, 2018

Mexico and Colombia

Luis Rubio The temptation to imitate the Colombian process to pacify their country is immense. Although that process is yet to be concluded -or enjoy widespread support- the Colombian experience is exemplary for the depth and solidity of its conception and process, but also because it sought not only to resolve an ancient dispute with […]

August 5, 2018

Drastic Solutions

Luis Rubio Complex societies, says Joseph Tainter,* tend to collapse because their costs pile up until they become dysfunctional: investments yield diminishing returns and the expenditures involved in the administration of increasingly intricate social and political structures are in perennial escalation. Although his study refers to civilizations such as the Roman Empire, the Mayas in […]