MEXICO: Democracy Interrupted by Jo Tuckman

Those interested in Mexico and its transition away from a one-party state should be glad to hear that Jo Tuckman, a former colleague, has published a book on the topic

Mexico: Democracy Interrupted is just out. I found it in my mailbox an hour ago.

Should be quite worth reading, as Tuckman has been writing from Mexico for many years. Plus the topic couldn’t be more relevant: Describing what happened to the great democratic promise of Mexico two sexenios after the country opted, peacefully, to throw off the chains of 70+ years of PRI rule.

It now finds itself in the middle of a medieval drug war. Few of the deep reforms that were hoped for, and are necessary, to transform the country into something ready for the 21st Century global economy have been achieved.

Meanwhile, the country seems run by, and according to the interests of, the leaders of the top three political parties, who remain about as unaccountable as the president was under the PRI regime.

I’m reminded of Langston Hughes’ poem, “A Dream Deferred.”

Congratulations, Jo!

 

 

 

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3 Responses to MEXICO: Democracy Interrupted by Jo Tuckman

  1. cesar

    buen dia me interesa el libro aqui en mexico lo van a vender y no saben si viene en espaƱol

  2. Jay Newman

    8/20/12

    Sam,
    I came across the article written by Jo Tuckman on Esteban Volkov, Leon Trotsky’s grandson. Can you please let me know how I might contact Jo Tuckman by e-mail or by phone? I have a close historical tie to an assistant of Diego Rivera whom I’d expect Mr. Volkov knew. I think Mr. Volkov would appreciate the nature of my inquiry and I think Jo might as well.
    Thank you.
    Jay

  3. Thanks for the news, Sam, I look forward to reading this one. It certainly is an interesting moment in Mexico.

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