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      DECEMBER 21, 2018  –  By JOHN MCCULLOUGH

      Political commentators see AMLO as a bigger threat than Bolsonaro

      One would be hard-pressed to find two newly elected world leaders more different than Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) and Brazilian President-elect Jair Bolsonaro. The former is a moderate social democrat who promises to crack down on corruption and serve as an advocate for his nation’s poor and working people; the latter is a disciple of the military junta that ruled his country from 1964 to 1985, infamous for his racist, misogynist and anti-democracy comments on national television, who promised on the campaign trail, “I will give the police carte blanche to kill.”

      Despite the clear differences between the two men, pundits have a bad habit of throwing them together—often revealing their preference for the Brazilian authoritarian.

      In the Financial Times (11/27/18), John Paul Rathbone argued that Lopez Obrador is a greater threat to liberal democracy than the retired army captain. His argument revolved around the idea that while both presidents-elect are representative of “epochal changes,” Lopez Obrador is more dangerous because only he will possess the political capital to see his agenda fully realized:…

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      Good article. Thanks for sharing.

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