34. The tragedy of overwork in a society without time

Nobody works more than Mexicans. While for some this is a matter of pride, behind this reality lies the massive abuse of the Human Right to rest and reasonable work time. We will first explore the consequences of a society without time, before proposing some alternatives. “No one is to be found who is willing…

33. Assets for the youth: a progressive take on entrepreneurship

Privileged people love to talk about entrepreneurship, but how does a progressive vision of the topic look like? We first discuss the difference between a traditional and progressive appropriation of the concept, before introducing a policy that is both social and encourages young entrepreneurs. The word ‘entrepreneur’ is of crucial ideological importance to modern society….

32. Debating identity politics in the North

Topics like abortion, sex education or same sex marriage have produced some of the poorest public debates this country has seen. In this essay, I discuss strategies for debating identity politics in the difficult context of Northern Mexico. Public debate in Mexico suffers from many woes, including fake news, hyper division, tribalism, bias in corporate…

31. The Republic of Lawyers

It is ironic that while Jesus Christ himself criticized the power lawyers enjoyed (Mt: 23), two thousand years later our largely Christian country is for a considerable part still ruled by them. We will examine some of the consequences of living in a republic of lawyers. Law is by far the most common background of…

30. Late capitalism vs. The family

In many countries one can find political movements that combine a proclaimed concern for ‘family values’ with neoliberal economic policies. As we will discuss in this essay, those two positions stand in a tense relation with each other and require rethinking. When my first son was born, the private hospital asked us if we wanted…

29. Why the 4T is (still) the real left

As movements transition from opposition to governing parties, there are always those who challenge their credibility and truthfulness to the cause. Preferring serious analysis over intellectual posturing, this essay makes the case that the 4T is still on the main path forward for the Mexican Left. More than any political family, the Left has historically…

28. Unveiling the three layers of conservatism

Have you ever noticed conservative actors often seem hypocritical or inconsistent? Much can be learned about the phenomenon by distinguishing between three layers of conservatism. How to understand one another and how not to be manipulated, for example. One does not simply separate conservative political actors from their hypocrisy. Whether it concerns larger-than-life scandals like…

27. Eco populism: is a green 4T possible?

How can we understand and overcome the mismatch between ecological demands and the logic of the Mexican ‘Fourth Transformation’? This essay makes the case for green populism, exemplified by a proposal for sustainable electricity on the countryside and the nationalization of future key industries. The wave of policy initiatives coming from Mexico’s left government –…

26. The irrelevance of liberalism in times of Covid

Liberalism has been wrongfully declared dead many times before, but it is safe to say that the Covid19 pandemic has exposed the increasing irrelevance of some of its core principles. This essay discusses two. By this time, many of you have read dozens of opinion pieces and alarming analyses on the Covid19 Pandemic, most of…

25. Trump, a retrospective

While some liberals want to portray it as an error, the rise and fall of Trump was amongst the most significant political events of the past decade. In this essay I will reflect on his leadership and legacy, and ultimately defend a rather orthodox stance that the world is better off without him at the…