Potemkin wrote:I think Argentina is a good example of what can happen when a nation collectively refuses to face reality for several generations. Peronism was based on selling a fantasy, the Communists in the 1960s were indulging in wish-fulfilment fantasies, the brutal right-wing dictatorship was based on fantasy, every government since then has been selling a fantasy, and now Javier Milei is selling a different fantasy. Like all the previous fantasies, it too will fail.
And it’s not just Argentina. Trump won in 2016 because enough voters bought into the MAGA fantasy he was selling, and Brexit happened because enough Brits bought into the fantasy the Brexiteers were selling. In both cases, there was a collective refusal on the part of an entire nation to face reality.
Politicians are indeed keen on selling fantasies. Milei does, too, although he has sold his own as restoring Argentina over the long term - 35 years into the future, if he manages to undo peronism. At least he isn't promising short term solutions.
Then again, Marxism does the same so who knows?