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Mexico’s Reboot. The Pop Way.

DECEMBER 25, 2018. Some say fences make good neighbors. Perhaps, but what’s going on south of that perhaps wall? For the first time in decades an authentic power shift now holds out a promise for Mexico. Money talks everywhere, but nowhere more so than in Mexico City. The monied establishment Pri party is out and populism is in. He’s known as AMLO.
Our southern neighbor just concluded an election of mind-bending violence, leaving more than 100 politicians dead. Right–100. Mexico also yet faces crippling entrenched corruption, and a 40% poverty rate.
We also see a new president just assuming office, one willing to listen to the ordinary people. He prefers plebiscites. He’s vowed to “uplift the needy.” Before even assuming office, he has indeed stubbed his toe, and “damaged the economy.”-The Economist.
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is being called a “left-wing populist” by the often superb British weekly. That’s bad right?
AMLO deserves a fair shake. The new guy is daring to try alternatives, like it or not. The Economist does not. The paper talks blithely about “AMLO’s errors” and “…going about it in the wrong way.” Really? Mexico’s issues are complex. Nothing’s simple there, except “Plata-O-plomo.”
What does the paper offer as better?
They offer paper-thin, single-word solutions such as “improve,” “secure,” and “strengthen.” That’s it. Read what they said. Decide for yourself. We did.(Cover photo) El Paso. The turf between El Paso and Juarez ranks as one of the hottest boundaries worldwide.

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