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In the 32 months that this administration has left, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is going through three constitutional changes that are not minor: the energy counter-reform, the dismantling of the National Electoral Institute (INE) and the militarization of public security.

What we have to take for granted from the three presidential initiatives is that their benches will abide by them just as López Obrador sends them, that the three issues are clearly opposed by the rest of the parties that are not part of the 4T and that everything will be used the presidential power to move the emotions of his supporters to drive those changes.

Social polarization was López Obrador’s best campaign weapon and today it is his best instrument of government. A divided, angry, confrontational society will understand less about reasons and much more about emotions. And as long as there are more who support his regime, the arguments will not be necessary.

In the ongoing discussion of the energy counter-reform there are no technical arguments to defend the initiative, because they have lost that debate. But that does not matter, because what is sought is to provoke emotions of ideological empathy among the followers of López Obrador.

So now the President is going to undertake a national tour to fill the public squares and move his audiences with emotional speeches, there, among his followers and in the monopoly of his words.

We have in our newspaper El Economista a very good tool to fully understand this. The #AMLO Tracking Poll by Consulta Mitofsky, which measures the popularity of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, has a breakdown by segments that makes it possible to clearly see where the areas of most influence for his movement are.

Social sectors with less education have a higher approval of the President compared to citizens with university education and higher. Professionals and businessmen have a clear disapproval of the presidential performance compared to peasants where almost nine out of 10 approve.

The federal government is not interested in a debate of arguments in the energy counter-reform. Nor does he have any interest in there being a logic in the strategy that he maintains against the INE to discredit it after carrying out the “Revocation of Mandate” consultation.

It all has to do with generating emotions, with making people angry and confronting them. That his followers repeat and believe that businessmen, and more so if they are foreigners, want to end the CFE and sell electricity dearly, and that the INE hinders democracy because some of its directors are not democrats.

Maneuvers are on the way so that his followers applaud the militarization of the National Guard and now leave practically any activity that used to be a civil matter in the hands of the Army.

Without ceasing to argue with arguments, data and reasons in the small circles that are clearly far from the heart of the social base of the 4T, it is necessary to understand where this regime continues to exacerbate emotions and through what means it promotes it.

Because if polarization is of any use, it is to create a wall between social classes and fix the idea that there are Mexican adversaries and Mexicans from the good people.

Maneuvers are on the way so that his followers applaud the militarization of the National Guard and now leave practically any activity that used to be a civil matter in the hands of the Army.

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Enrique Campos Suarez

Televisa News Anchor

The great Depression

Degree in Communication Sciences from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, with a specialty in finance from the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico and a master’s degree in Journalism from the Anahuac University.

His professional career has been dedicated to different media. He is currently a columnist for the newspaper El Economista and news anchor on Televisa. He is the owner of the 2 pm news space on Foro TV.

He is a specialist in economic-financial issues with more than 25 years of experience as a commentator and host on radio and television. He has been part of companies such as Radio Programas de México, where he participated in VIP business radio. He was also part of the management and talent team of Radio Formula.

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