The Great De-platforming of the Mexican Intellectual

By Alex González Ormerod

How the internet and the government conspired to drown out public discourse at just the moment Mexican democracy truly needs it.

MEXICO CITY — Mexico is a country historically fabled for its intellectual heft in Latin America and the world over. Nowadays though, public intellectuals seem far less prominent in public discourse and agenda-setting. Beyond some important caveats—including the fact that there is no dearth of intelligent Mexicans saying some very interesting stuff—two things have clearly changed to make the Mexican public intellectual a more diminished figure: the twin rise of the digital media economy and Mexico’s president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador. The heyday of Mexico’s established...

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