the Irish Times wrote:Radical libertarian Javier Milei seizes victory in Argentina presidential election
Former TV celebrity pledges ‘reconstruction of Argentina’ and warns ‘no room for lukewarm measures’
Javier Milei, a radical libertarian economist and first-term congressman, has won a decisive victory in Argentina’s presidential election, vowing “drastic” changes to the country’s economic strategy amid its worst crisis in two decades.
Mr Milei won 55.7 per cent of the vote, against 44.3 per cent for economy minister Sergio Massa of the centre-left Peronist government, with more than 99 per cent of votes counted.
He pledged swift reforms to the country’s fragile economy. “I want you to understand that Argentina is in a critical situation. The changes our country needs are drastic. There is no room for gradualism.”
Mr Milei’s campaign centred on a pledge to take a “chainsaw” to the state – slashing spending by up to 15 per cent of gross domestic product – and to dollarise the economy to stamp out inflation. Argentina’s annual price rises hit 142.7 per cent in October...
Argentina has been running on hard times for decades now. Will the election of this cartoon-character help to resolve its resource-distribution (economic) problems?
Or is this, as the president of Mexico calls it, an "own goal" that Argentinian TV-viewers scored against their own team?
False consciousness is a serious social illness, and I hope this election is not a tragic example of it.
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