According to author and former Mexican foreign minister Jorge Castaneda, “Mexico is a country which has been waiting many years to finally achieve its potential…” So what’s holding it back? In his new book “Manana Forever” Castaneda takes apart the Mexican psyche to attempt to explain what’s preventing Mexico from becoming a full fledged prosperous, middle class, democracy. Castaneda examined civil society in Mexico and argues that certain cultural characteristics that promoted survival through the country’s tortured history now serve to hinder that nation’s progress toward a modern and successful state. Castaneda joins Larry in studio to discuss these traits, their origins and how they pose hurdles for the country’s future.
Jorge Castaneda, author of Manana Forever: Mexico and the Mexicans (Alfred A. Knopf). He was Mexico’s foreign minister from 2000 to 2003, and is now Global Distinguished Professor of Politics and Latin American Studies at New York University. He is a member of the board of Human Rights Watch and lives in New York and Mexico City.