Monthly Archives: February 2020

February 23, 2020

The Costs of Doing Nothing

Luis Rubio The book of anecdotes relates that Mexican President Adolfo Ruiz Cortines (1952-1958) kept a completely tidy desk, with the exception of two bins: the first said “Problems that resolve themselves” and the second, “Problems that time takes care of”. That political philosophy, carried over time, allowed successive administrations back in the middle of […]

February 16, 2020

Building the Future

Luis Rubio The future is built, whether consciously or unconsciously. The president, through his actions, decisions and rhetoric, shapes it, like it or not. Nearly a year and a half after the initiation of President López Obrador’s administration, there are two things that are very clear: first, his objective is to change the future that […]

February 13, 2020

Can Mexico Wake Up from AMLO’s Impossible Dream?

  Luis Rubio Americas Quarterly – February 13, 2020     To build a better economy, Mexico needs to focus on the future – not the past. MEXICO CITY – Nostalgia may be a natural human trait, but nostalgic Mexicans today are facing a dilemma: choosing between different, and dueling, views of the past. On […]

February 9, 2020

There’s No Turning Back

 Luis Rubio The past will not return: Mexico and the world changed, each at its own rhythm and circumstance. Thus, the only certainty is that we are facing a different future. The “old” order is over; we find ourselves in the face of a historic rift of enormous proportions and the more one delays in […]

February 2, 2020

System of Government

Luis Rubio Why did the Mexican government lose effectiveness? What had distinguished it throughout nearly the entire XX century was its steadiness and efficacy, in stark contrast with most of the nations of the hemisphere. Mexico was characterized, as the President constantly states, by its stability, order and economic growth. That all ceased and there […]