Published 21/11/2023 11:32 | Edited 11/22/2023 12:29
The presidential election of fascist Javier Milei this Sunday (19) in Argentina makes the commitment to the absolute denial of the national State emerge like manure, with the appropriate colors, shapes and odors. There are comprehensive proposals for capitulation to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank such as privatization of strategic sectors, commercialization of health and education; dollarization; imposition of the gag law on communication – with the closure of public channels and agencies – and strengthening the cudgel against critical consciousness and everyone who stands in the way of delivery and submission to the master of the North.
To explain its dimension and meaning, it is worth saluting the former president of the United States, Donald Trump, that “Milei will make Argentina great again”, and the tycoon Elon Musk, who, with an eye on lithium, recently sponsored the coup in Bolivia : “Now, Argentina has prosperity ahead.” Invited by the ultra-neoliberal party to his inauguration, Jair Bolsonaro said that “hope is shining again in South America”. Regarding the IMF’s guide, Milei acknowledged that he has been muting any sovereign development project as he has been “talking about it since before the elections”.
“It’s sad for Latin America and we’ll see that neoliberalism has no proposal for society”, countered the president of Colombia, Gustavo Petro, leading the reaction. “We expect from Argentine progressivism assessments that allow our people to learn from the lessons of history”, declared the president.
Milei and the filth list
Once elected, Milei deepened the list of filth, stressing that “everything that could be in the hands of the private sector will be”. To this end, he who until the previous day proclaimed himself a “libertarian”, promised to repress with the baton everything that stands in the way of his masters.
The state-owned Yacimientos Petrolíferos Fiscales (YPF) – equivalent to our Petrobrás – will be one of the first state-owned companies to be privatized, he said, railing against Cristina Kirchner’s former Economy Minister, Axel Kicillof, current governor of the province of Buenos Aires. According to Milei, YPF first needs to be rebuilt, because “since Mr Kicillof decided to nationalize it, there has been a deterioration in terms of results so that it is worth less than when it was expropriated”. Nothing so false, since it was Kicillof and Cristina who allowed 51% of the company to be kept under state control.
Sérgio Massa lost his way
Unfortunately, Sérgio Massa didn’t keep Kicillof upright. With the national economy in shambles, due to compliance with former president Maurício Macri’s (2015-2019) agreement with the IMF, the fragility of the internal market increased and inflation soared, increasingly reducing the purchasing power of salaries. And the protest vote expanded.
Milei, who counts Jorge Macri – Maurício’s cousin – as head of Government of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires (CABA), anticipates that any and all protests against the IMF and World Bank’s privatist playbook will be “repressed” as a “crime” – which will require a non-existent majority in the Chamber and the Senate. “God willing, not, but they could end up causing a delicate situation on the street. This usually happens in the federal capital. We are working, we have already talked about this, precisely to maintain order in the streets”, declared the president, calling anyone who stands in the way of his government outlaws, in the same way as Macri did.
The Rent Law, modified a few weeks ago by Congress to alleviate the overexploitation of tenants, will be repealed in favor of real estate speculation. In the most shameless manner, Milei said that “the only thing the new legislation did was cause damage”. Without saying to whom. And taking a further step, she committed to ensuring that rents are established “in any currency”, that is, in dollars, euros or any other that institutionalizes the law of the jungle.
In the same way that he kicked and dismantled models of the Central Bank on television programs, he pointed out that “closing the bank is a moral obligation” and added that to achieve this it is necessary to “dollarize” the economy. “We propose that the currency be chosen by individuals”, highlighted the American puppet.
Crowning the process of resistance to his follies and capitulations, which he condemned as the “Ministry of Propaganda”, he committed to privatizing public media, Rádio Nacional, TV Pública and the Télam news agency, the largest in the country. The dissemination of any and all information that falls outside the control of the hegemonic media, he proclaimed, is “negative”, as it brings “lies and supports the campaign of fear” against those who succumb to foreign ideology.
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