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Everyone calls themselves Peronists and I think Perón must be wallowing in the grave when he sees them.
If there is something that there is no doubt about when we think of Perón, he was a versatile man.
Today when we think of Peronism, do we talk about right Peronism?
Let's review the facts: Perón was one of those military that the Kirchnerists would hate (bah, I don't know; Milani is not far away). Right enough to admire Hitler, Mussolini and Franco (who visited the country during the first presidency of "The General"). Or as to send to form the Triple A, paramilitary force created to assassinate people of the left, as a result of their obvious enmity with Montoneros, ERP and FAR, who had the last government covered.
Or do we talk about left Peronism? The one who fought against capital. Well … the fight … what is said very successful, was not.
Facts: When Perón arrived at his first presidency, the great landowners of the country were the same families that they are today, 70 years later. Eye: tried. He created the CGT, uniting all the unions and there yes, the workers to power … Ah, no … Wait … It went wrong (for the people; for him, it came out phenomenon): it turns out that the CGT Argentina is the only one in the world where the workers are not from the left and the General Secretaries are billionaires. "The wolf" Augusto Vandor, anticommunist to the teeth, died in an attack awarded to Rodolfo Walsh. Armando Cabo (whom Evita was commissioned to train workers militias), and more here, Rucci, Casildo Herrera ("I don't know anything; I deleted myself," he said when he arrived in Uruguay, profuged, just before disappearing forever in the mystery) Lorenzo Miguel (who ordered his custodian to kill, dismember and incinerate in the furnace of the UOM, "The Polish" Dubchack, with whom they fought for the friendship between "The Parrot" -Lorenzo- and Montoneros, just after the massacre of Ezeiza - shooting battle between right and left factions of Peronism for occupying the box near the airport where Perón returned after his exile in Spain - Herminio Iglesias, Saúl Ubaldini, the Moyano, Micheli, Daer, Yasky.
We talk about the Peronism of good things?
Facts: there were laws dictated by Peronism; they were laws of the socialists of the 30s, like Alicia Moreau de Justo, for example. Socialists like Agustín P. Justo, president overthrown by a group of soldiers among which Perón had active participation. Crazy: overthrow a president and then put his laws into practice …
No matter. The good thing is that he put them into practice. Very good.
But let's say everything. There have always been and there will be poor in the country and in all countries. The issue is that Peronism that defends workers never eradicated poverty. Never in 70 years. They are the political force that governed the most and we continue with 30% of structural poverty.
Facts: Avoid wearing Dior dresses, leather covers and very important jewelry. Perón lived 17 years in Spain and his widow "Isabelita" lives even today, with money from …? Cristina uses a Rolex of $ 27,000, Louis Vuitton wallets of $ 5,000 (210,000 pesos, to give you an idea), and pearl necklaces from the most exclusive house in the world. But they ruled for the poor. Those who condemned illiteracy ("Espadrilles yes; books no").
I understand that people had a bad time. But promising them paradise, receiving them in Buenos Aires and making them in misery villages does not seem to be a very effective plan to fight poverty.
I don't want to forget about the metalworking industry, to be fair.
Facts. The Justicialista: an Argentine car brand (based on two DKW models, if we are going to be fair, let's say everything), which unfortunately was not mass produced.
The Pulqui. One of the first supersonic fighter planes in the world, discontinued after a couple of accidents (logical thing in the aeronautics industry; the shit is that they usually end in some death).
The "Pampa" tractor. The electric locomotive "The justicialist". The motorcycles "PUMA" (Perón Unico Mandatario Argentino). Textile machinery and appliances.
All industries that emerged after the Second World War, during the presidency of Perón, from a suggestion by an Aeronautics Brigadier, to use the aircraft factory and the talented Cordovan engineers (mixed with Nazi engineers, escaped from Germany, who were true geniuses of the metal industry). That, let me know why they did not prosper even during the presidency of Perón himself. But the truth is that it was a great attempt and it is a pity that of all that only the capacity of national mechanics remains.
We talk about the Peronism of María Estela Martínez de Perón, José López Rega and Ítalo Luder?
Facts: they prepared and signed the "decree of annihilation of subversion" (their former Montoneros allies, ERP and FAR, by the way).
Or that of Carlos Saúl Menem?
Facts: His right-wing neoliberalism swept the national industry, and basically SMEs. The privatization, which left millions of Argentines unemployed. That of the military-union pact (led by Lorenzo Miguel and his friend Admiral Emilio Eduardo Massera) who turned to the government of Raúl Alfonsín six months before the end of a term?
Perhaps the coup Peronism (third time in Argentine history) of Duhalde.
Facts: the boy drew up the plan to overthrow a man who should never have reached the Government, like De La Rúa. But he did it with the majority vote, in elections.
Or that of Duhalde and Lavagna?
Facts: it was the pair that raised the poverty they came to fight to 50%. The remembered "He who deposited dollars will receive dollars." Which later lowered the index to 23%, with a plan by Minister Remes Lenicoff, which is awarded Robertito …
Or the mononerous Peronism of the Kirchners?
Facts: That of human rights (only for former terrorists; for the innocent victims of those terrorists and their bombs, and I speak of civilians, nothing). The one that of equalitarian only had to allow the marriage between beings of the same gender, because it left with a 29% of poverty. Very national and popular. Of course: former president and her children, officials and gardeners, cooks and entrepreneurs, billionaires.
Pará: it must be destructive Peronism.
Facts: national rail network totally destroyed, for the benefit of the truck guild. The costs of moving merchandise and exporting it to hell, but it doesn't matter.
Public works with 100% premiums, awarded to a few friends (Lázaro Báez, Cristobal López, Hebe de Bonafini, Milagro Sala), which, above, was never done.
Zero executions of infrastructure works. Consequences: the tragedy of Once (51 dead), the flood of La Plata (90 dead), constant flooding in the Province of Buenos Aires and Santa Fe. 70% of Argentines without sewers, running water, network gas, streets of asphalt.
Everyone calls themselves Peronists and I think Perón must be wallowing in the grave when he sees them. "The General" invented the great national agreement to return to power in the 1970s, because if not, he lost the elections. Because I remind you that in his first and second presidency, where he came alone (it is a way of saying), he rejected, threatened ("For each of us, five of them will fall") and marginalized his rivals, making them enemies ("For friends, everything; for the enemy, nothing"; does the phrase sound to you a little while ago?). I don't think it's the most democratic way to achieve a national agreement …
In the 1970s, he invented the "agglutinate" people of different currents. And it is perfect.
Today we should try to achieve the dreamed national agreement of "The General". A great Argentine movement. All together for the same side. We need it like never before. But you have to give awareness among people. Leaving politicians aside.
Because what is wrong is to agglutinate to work, become billionaires and that people suck an egg.
Publication Date: 22/04/2019