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Moderate Rebels

Dec 5, 2018

Moderate Rebels episode 31: Max Blumenthal reports from Mexico on the inauguration of Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), the country's first left-wing president in 70 years. Professor John Ackerman discusses AMLO's campaign against neoliberalism and systemic poverty, corruption, and violence. They explain the regional dynamics and what this means for Latin America's "Pink Tide." Ackerman also addresses the legacy of the Mexican Revolution.

0:00 Intro
1:59 AMLO and Mexico
14:22 Revolutionary and left-wing ideology in Mexico
16:16 Mexico's foreign policy, the Pink Tide, and US hegemony
18:55 Failure to import Russiagate into Mexico
20:12 Mexico's geopolitics and relations with South America
22:53 Economics, Mexico's oligarchs, and capital
28:48 AMLO's social policies, Christianity, Catholic Church, women's rights, abortion, LGBT rights
34:29 Trump, immigration, AMLO's pragmatism and strategizing
40:17 Media
44:33 Killings of journalists in Mexico
45:47 Rise of far right and collapse of neoliberalism
48:56 Failure of US left to stand in solidarity with Mexico and North American integration