Lopez Obrador in Mexico: Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old?
Date Written: 10/10/2018
Year Published: 2018
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX23010
The newly elected President of Mexico, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, has been described by some in the U.S. as a radical socialist, however this article explains that he has already back-peddled on important pre-election promises.
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador achieved on July 1 what he openly and obsessively strove for during 14 years: he was elected president of Mexico. But at what costs and with what sacrifices of professed ideals? His election has triggered a bizarre array of flattering and exaggerated responses from U.S. left commentators: that he's a "radical socialist", a person who will focus on relationships with Latin America and criticize the U.S., and that he's a critic of neo-liberalism. It's probably true that 45 years ago he trained himself as a politician and organizer by memorizing speeches of Salvador Allende and Fidel Castro, but the company that he keeps recently is quite different.