Ten years ago I began to publish this blog as a space to share my ideas and views on a variety topics, ranging from the world of business and economics, to education, science, the arts, citizenship, and many others, with the purpose of provoking reflection and encouraging cultural change that banishes the failed ideas and habits that erode our development possibilities.
One of our key responsibilities as citizens is to question everything, to imagine a better future, and then find a way to achieve it. Many of the cultural ideologies and institutions that tend to lead us to failure arose even before the Spanish conquest, but became consolidated during the colonial period, and were reinforced over several centuries— contaminating Mexicans’ mindset and restricting well-being. Today we need a new vision that looks to the future and dismisses premodern ideas.
One of our key responsibilities as citizens is to question everything, to imagine a better future, and then find a way to achieve it.
In an increasingly complex world, we cannot be conformists; we must break paradigms and continually aspire to be better. This is the spirit that drives this space— because I am convinced that change is both possible and necessary.
This has been proven by the transformation of Mexico over the past 25 years, especially in the expansion of freedoms. But we must not rest on our laurels. There is always the risk of moving backward on the road to the future.
The theme of freedom occupies a special place on my blog. I have often expressed the need to promote and defend freedoms, in all areas and at all levels, in the face of constant threats to limit them.
I believe that one of our most critical freedoms— paradoxically, one of the most scorned by the political elite— is economic freedom. Indeed, the opening of trade and commerce has been one of Mexico’s great successes because it has allowed for strengthened competition in industries, decreased the nation’s traditional economic dependence on oil exports, and improved the development potential for the population’s well-being.
We must also defend the economic freedom that makes it possible for consumers to choose the product or service they desire— in the conditions that best suit them— without government intervention, the obstruction of monopolies, or interference of industry lobbyists.
We must also defend the economic freedom that makes it possible for consumers to choose the product or service they desire
For more than a decade I have shared my perspective on the issues, challenges, and developments— from the Great Recession of 2008 to the trends that will inevitably dominate the world over the next 30 years— that we must be prepared to face.
Here, on several occasions, I have discussed the mutually beneficial, strategic relationship between Mexico and the United States; emphasizing the need to build bridges that optimize the shared prosperity of both our nations.
The attention of this blog has focused on issues as diverse as government spending, the social profitability of microfinance, prejudices surrounding wealth and money, and the need for new perspectives on poverty alleviation.
Naturally, one of my favorite topics is business and the government policies required to foster their growth. My view on market intervention can be summarized in a few words: "the best thing for business is to stay out of the way". I have shared numerous blog entries on questions related to the world of business. Particularly noteworthy, is the interest in my article "Ten Key Rules to Succeed in Business," which was read and shared over 140,000 times.
On the tenth anniversary of my blog I want to thank all those who participate in this space
The blog has also presented my reflections on interesting books— including some that I have read on the recommendation of my kind readers— and my commentary on classic works of history, economics, politics, technological trends, and diverse topics that I will continue to share my opinion on. In these ten years, I have published 320 entries that have received 4.5 million visits and 10,500 comments, which I try to read in their entirety.
On the tenth anniversary of my blog I want to thank all those who participate in this space, especially those who share the entries on social networks and who send me their comments. I appreciate each and every one of them because, even when they do not agree with my points of view, they enrich the exchange of ideas. Now more than ever, diversity of opinion, open debate, and dialogue are key for building a modern society.
The participation of my readers encourages me to keep writing— because I am confident that together we can catalyze cultural change that paves the way for a better future.
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