By Azam Ahmed and Paulina Villegas
July 1, 2018
MEXICO CITY — Riding a wave of populist anger fueled by rampant corruption and violence, the leftist Andrés Manuel López Obrador was elected president of Mexico on Sunday, in a landslide victory that upended the nation’s political establishment and handed him a sweeping mandate to reshape the country.
Mr. López Obrador’s victory puts a leftist leader at the helm of Latin America’s second-largest economy for the first time in decades, a prospect that has filled millions of Mexicans with hope — and the nation’s elites with trepidation.
The outcome represents a clear rejection of the status quo in the nation, which for the last quarter century has been defined by a centrist vision and an embrace of globalization that many Mexicans feel has not served them.
via López Obrador, an Atypical Leftist, Wins Mexico Presidency in Landslide – The New York Times
Congratulations to Lopez Obrador, the former mayor of Mexico City, for winning the presidency of Mexico. Good luck. This writer was shaken to the core by two depressing but excellent articles in the NYT on Sunday, July 1: “Tracking a Package: the perils and price of Migrant Smuggling”, which told the story of Christopher Cruz who went $12,000 in debt and nearly died getting smuggled into the US, and “Mexican Voting Near, Assassins Thin the Ballot”, which reported that 136 politicians had been assassinated since last fall, for running against the wrong cartel or gang.
I still believe that we have to legalize all the addictive drugs that are popular, to cut down their price, and the huge profits, over $50 Billion per year in just the US, that go to cartels and drug gangs. Legalization worked to disarm the gangs in the US after the end of prohibition, and will work again, though the drug cartels and gangs are more diversified now, and my solution will only slow them down, not stop them from killing and terrorizing for profit. Countries that adopt this idea will have to have serious investment in supports for drug addicts. There will be less easy money to corrupt police, judiciary, and politicians, and legalization might give governments a fighting chance.
Several famous economists from both right and left have written that legalization is the only way to cut these cartels and gangs down to size, including Milton Friedman and Herbert Stein.
All the economists I interviewed at the Univ. of WA in 1990, where I received my MBA, agreed, though they didn’t want to be quoted, since the idea was so unpopular.
David Lindsay Jr. is the author of “The Tay Son Rebellion, Historical Fiction of Eighteenth-century Vietnam,” and blogs on Drug Wars, and the Environment, at TheTaysonRebellion.com & InconvenientNewsWorldwide.wordpress.com
Here is the top comment at NYT that I endorsed enthusiastically.