Yearly Archives: 2022

August 14, 2022

The Nuclear Option

Luis Rubio The key to having an atomic bomb is to never use it:  it is the threat of its use that deters those possessing such a power. The same occurs with the negotiations between governments in ambits such as investment and commerce.  Although the risk is evidently less because what is at stake is […]

August 7, 2022

A New Fight

                                                                Luis Rubio Those who play with fire, goes the saying, get burnt. That is how the Mexican government is presently operating regarding the […]

July 31, 2022


Luis Rubio Paraphrasing Marx and Engels, a specter haunts the world, the specter of populism. This is a struggle among different models of development and ways of conducting politics. Today two models that embrace economic orthodoxy are head-to-head: the democratic-market model that characterizes most rich nations around the world, with the model of Chinese authoritarian […]

July 24, 2022

After the Deluge

Luis Rubio A Palace of Versailles guide once said that Louis XIV built the palace, Louis XV enjoyed Versailles and Louis XVI paid for it. Mexico is at a stage in which President López Obrador is enjoying the economic and financial structure bequeathed by his predecessors, those damned neoliberals. The key question after the 2024 […]

July 17, 2022


Luis Rubio Disproportion, or the sin of pride, which the Greeks called hubris, consists of believing oneself to be more than other humans, failing to recognize and trespassing imprudently beyond the limits of our condition, forgetting one’s insuperable finiteness. This disproportion, or lack of moderation, says Aníbal Romero, includes disdain for the costs that the […]

July 10, 2022

Inflection point

Luis Rubio The world of the last three decades was a historical anomaly: the end of the Cold War seemed to freeze the planet due to the existence of a superpower that made irrelevant the traditional zones of influence, where each regional power imposed its law. Regardless of the specific way the invasion of Ukraine […]

July 3, 2022

Accelerated Change

Luis Rubio  “The future is already here, wrote the novelist William Gibson, it’s just not evenly distributed.” The change that the world is experiencing is unstoppable and is taking place on all fronts, some benign, others exceedingly risky. In recent weeks a series has accumulated of news reports and studies that, taken together, present an […]

June 29, 2022

Can AMLO’s Popularity Survive a U.S. Recession?

Americas Quarterly Mexico BY LUIS RUBIO JUNE 29, 2022  Mexico’s president thinks his penny-pinching has kept the peso afloat, but the real support has come from across the border. MEXICO CITY – Mexico’s president is obsessed with the peso-dollar exchange rate. Looking back at Mexican history, Andrés Manuel López Obrador is certain that a president who […]

June 26, 2022

From Below

Luis Rubio In its eagerness to impose its manner of seeing the world, the federal government has gifted us with a true picture of what does not function and what, for that reason, it should not be. Decades -if not centuries- of centralized government with vertical control structures had the effect of stabilizing the country, […]

June 19, 2022

No Mercy

Luis Rubio In the novel Zero and the Infinite of Arthur Koestler, Ivanov, a bureaucrat loyal to the orders of the Revolution’s Number 1, interrogates Rubachov, one of the old revolutionary leaders arrested for having doubts about the fate destined for his country after the revolutionary triumph. Rubachov, disillusioned, rebukes Ivanov with an incisive statement: […]