Podcast: "The Hard Country," Ep. 17, and the U.S.-Mexico Policy Summit.
Back from the long intermission, and our first live show.
It has been quite a while since our last episode of The Hard Country — Melissa Ford has been in Europe, and we have all been busied with the unusually high number of special sessions to the 88th Texas Legislature — but I’m pleased to share that we’re back, and in grand fashion. This week we did our first-ever live taping of the show, with an audience Q&A. We covered a tremendous range of topics, from England’s historic war on republicanism, to the bold Texas border-security legislation under consideration, to AMLO’s shameful betrayal of Mexico’s historic role as a moral signaler among the nations, and beyond. It was a treat, and with all respect to the memory of Mirabeau Lamar, I hope you enjoy.
Our taping came as an opener to our first-ever U.S.-Mexico Policy Summit, hosted by the Texas Public Policy Foundation, and I’d like to share the panel videos with you here. In the spirit of the last being first, here’s my closing address, offering some long-range historical perspective on the U.S.-Mexico relationship, and the choices before us:
(If the insertion doesn’t work in your email, go to 2:33:40 in.)
Our full panels are linked here:
Nothing external to our country is quite so important to our future as a nation — I speak here of Texas, of course, but it applies equally to the United States — as the fate of Mexico and our engagement with it. Obviously we cover this in-depth at The Hard Country, and we were privileged to bring it to a wider and different audience with the Summit. The challenge continues — and so does the work.
Armas is a reader-supported publication. To receive new posts and support my work, consider becoming a free or paid subscriber.