By Ariel Moutsatsos (for Safe Democracy)

Ariel Moutsatsos discusses the importance of economic, and fiscal reform in the upcoming elections in Mexico. He believes that what is at stake in these elections is not just the battle between progressive and traditionalist viewpoints, liberals against conservatives, nor is it a simple confrontation between independents and realists, revolutionaries against porfiristas; what is at stake is the wellbeing, future, and credibility of the Mexican nation itself. Moutsatsos explains the complexity of these issues, and describes how Spanish and Chilean socialism can serve as examples for Mexico in order to create and sustainable development, better the quality of life, and reduce poverty and social inequalities.

Ariel Moutsatsos is a Mexican journalist of Greek origin. He graduated from the Technological Institute of Monterey. He has a master’s in International Relations from Complutense University of Madrid and has been an international correspondent in New York, Europe, and the Middle East. He covered the terrorist attacks of September 11th and March 11th for Mexican television and radio. He has instructed classes on International Terrorism and Comparative Press.

THE PROBLEM WITH MEXICO IS THAT EVERY SIX YEARS its presidents decide to start from scratch, and reinvent the whole country, resulting in an endless sequence of inefficient changes, and recurrent instability. This trend of shortsightedness and irregular reform has weighed down Mexican society, as well as the societies of many countries throughout Latin America for ages.

Only days before the Mexicans elect a new President for the next mandate of six years (beginning December 1st), polls show a dead tie between Felipe Calderón, candidate of the conservative party now in power, Partido Acción Nacional (PAN), and Andrés Manuel López Obrador, candidate of the populist left Partido de la Revolución Democr