Monthly Archives: January 2019

January 27, 2019

Narrative and government

Luis Rubio According to the historian Micah Goodman, the difference between animals and humans is that the former live exclusively in the present and act instinctively, while humans think and care about the future. The future is always unknown and generates fear, for which humans turn to religion and politicians. Religion allows to calm the […]

January 20, 2019

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, […]

January 17, 2019

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 […]

January 13, 2019

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 […]

January 6, 2019

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 […]