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Weary of violence and corruption, Mexican voters gravitate to populist firebrand with shades of Chavez
Victory for AMLO, who heads his own ragtag National Regeneration Movement, or Morena, would spell an abrupt, potentially shocking, reordering of Mexico’s political landscape. The magnitude of it will depend on which AMLO ends up wearing the presidential sash. Some expect a more moderate and pragmatic leader to emerge, far different from the out-with-the-elite firebrand of the campaign trail. Others see a populist authoritarian with statist economic tendencies who might do to Mexico what Hugo Chavez did to his once-prosperous Venezuela. Those with most to lose from a sharp shift to the left may harbour the deepest fears. In the smarter neighbourhoods of Mexico City, like Polanco, there’s chatter of fleeing the country if he wins. “I still sleep at night,” one young man says, “because I have an American passport.” His nervous laughter leaves the comment somewhere between a joke and a threat. Anecdotes are exchanged of young, rich Mexicans spending small fortunes on visas to allow them to bolt overseas.
originally posted by: TonyS
a reply to: Jake56
From what I have been reading, Obrador could well transform Mexico into another failed state like Venezuela.
And the reaction of the wealthy and educated is quite informative. They are positioning to leave Mexico. I know quite a few who have been repositioning their investments into the US, Spain and Italy. So what will be left? Starving poor who will flood into the US.
How many of these failed states can the world endure?