A New Hope For Mexico

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 04 Dec 2018

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A New Hope for Mexico by President Andreas Manuel Lopez Obrador is a wonderful book. Sadly I think its delusional. Expecting Americans to be less racist because a dialog is created with them is naïve to the point of insanity. Still if you have a big of a task as Obrador lays out then a deep draught of delusional optimism might just be the thing required. Seriously I love this book and the man, what he proposes looks like an impossible task joined with unrealistic optimism. Politics though is the art of the impossible and for this Obrador fits the bill.
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A timely book about Mexico’s new President, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. It contains speeches and articles on topics of Mexico’s importance and the new President’s views. He recognizes and condemns the long standing corruption and violence, and also recognizes the damage that Trump has done with his Mexican bashing. The President has a long road ahead to rebuild Mexico but this book provides a light, he will definitely be someone to watch.
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It's a book containing speeches and short articles outlining the mess politicians and their cronies have placed Mexico.  More importantly perhaps, it also contains what Senor Obrador plans to do when he takes over as President. There's a bit of repetition due to the inclusion of various speeches on similar topics but overall it is fascinating insight into Obrador's thinking.  It'll be interesting to see what occurs internally and with Mexico's relationship to the US during the reign of Trump.
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Wonderful words, spoken/written by a politician early in his tenure. May he have success in every endeavor, and not add to the long list of mexico's grievances listed in here.
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This book arrives with perfect timing. A collection of essays/speeches written by Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the newly elected Mexican president (I think he starts in office at the end of this year if I’m not mistaken). López Obrador (AMLO) provides excellent insight into the absolute mess that politicians and tycoons have made of Mexico’s economy and resources over the last century. It also provides a roadmap of the changes that he plans on making, who they will benefit, and how Mexico will grow from these changes. I particularly loved the emphasis on the importance of bringing migrants into the large embrace AMLO creates, and how he asks the people of the US to understand the importance of migration.

I found the essays detailing the depths of corruption of officials and business owners incredibly telling, as well as the sheer amount of natural resources being left to rot just crazy! Mexico has so many resources and industries, but has been terribly managed for years. The divide between the few rich and the large amount of very poor people is too great for the country to grow effectively. Everything that AMLO reveals and says in his essays and speeches makes complete sense, and it feels like a breath of fresh air that he has finally been elected into office. I hope he is able to accomplish even a quarter of his manifesto as it will make so much difference to future generations.

AMLO’s roadmap for the next 5 years gives me so much hope. Hope for the population of the amazing country the father of my children comes from, and hope that maybe we will be able to go (back) there and raise our children in safety and happiness within a country that is growing rather than being stifled under the boots of money-hungry politicians and violent drug lords.

Thanks to Netgalley and the awesome OR Books for the copy of these essays and speeches from the last couple of years. It’s a super accessible read, and I recommend it to anyone interested in learning about Mexico, or anyone interested in politics in general.
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An interesting POV about the corruption and bad choices made by the Mexican government, especially within the past 30-40 years. A lot is pointed at Salinas' government, but Fox was also given a hit, as well as Trump. AMLO has a lot of good ideas that he presents here in this book, and for the sake of the Mexican people I really hope he can achieve some of the goals he lays out. Time will tell. Highly recommend if you want to see a discussion of the failed policies and possible changes to come.
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