In this episode we are joined by Professor Christy Thornton of Johns Hopkins to discuss the upcoming Mexican elections and the general economic situation in Mexico. Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the left-wing candidate, is currently well ahead in the polls two weeks out from the election. Lev and Professor Thornton talk about what to expect from a new administration, the failures of Nafta and the drug war, and how the Mexican elites are responding to the possibility of a López Obrador victory.
Professor Thornton is an assistant research professor in sociology and Latin American studies at Johns Hopkins University. Prior to graduate school, she was the Executive Director of the North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA). Professor Thornton has written for The Washington Post, The New York Times’ “Room for Debate,” Al Jazeera America, The Nation, and Jacobin.