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Mexico facing three more years of torpor under AMLO

As 2021 draws to a close and the administration of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) reaches its halfway point, the president has achieved at least one of his principal objectives: He is the only topic in Mexico.  In Trumpian fashion, AMLO has extinguished any hope that anything constructive will be accomplished during his reign, and all subjects now revolve around him.  ‘AMLO is a catastrophe, we are doomed!’  ‘AMLO is a saint, we are delivered!’  And on a more mundane level, will AMLO let anyone do business in this country, other than his protected devotees (who are making bank while the going is good)?  He has become a political Santa Claus, who knows who’s been naughty (the private sector) and who’s been nice (the military and anyone professing blind fealty to him), and he will continue to stuff the stockings of the nice with gifties like newly-created public enterprises and juicy no-tender contracts, while the coal will keep coming for the naughty.   Continue reading Mexico facing three more years of torpor under AMLO

COVID blows AMLO legacy for lovers and haters alike

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused economic devastation and loss of life around the world, and we are now coming to the conclusion that the disease will rob us of one more thing some of us very much looked forward to seeing: The historical verdict on an AMLO government.  All our lives (or at least, in our case, since the López Portillo administration), we have parroted the same truisms about Mexican society: that all politicians are corrupt, the unions are corrupt, Pemex is corrupt, the police are corrupt, and generally that él que no transa no avanza — he who doesn’t engage in corruption doesn’t get ahead.  Continue reading COVID blows AMLO legacy for lovers and haters alike