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Former President Mauricio Macri presented his new book So that? ahead of the upcoming presidential elections. Inside you can read the decalogue of the thought of the Argentine liberal right which proposes a series of reforms to reduce the size of the State, the protection of national industry, social, labor and social security policies.

In order to advance in this process of “liberating the productive forces” (José Alfredo Martínez de Hoz dixit) it is necessary to defeat the “mafias”, a name that for the member of the Calabrian family includes the Justicialist party with its territorial structure of mayors and governors, the business leaders who do not accept the death of their productive structures at the hands of imports, the social and union leaders who defend the rights of workers in the informal and formal economy.

The program proposed by Macri is not a novelty since it was rehearsed without achieving the “takeoff” of Argentina by Martínez de Hoz in times of the military dictatorship. It was also implemented during convertibility in the presidency of Carlos Menem and, in a moderate version, by Macri himself during his mandate. About, Mauricio seems to value positively the economic experience of the dictatorship and the Menem, despite its explosive outcomes that left thousands of factories closed and millions unemployed, in addition to the confiscation of bank savers’ deposits and a country hyper-indebted abroad. However, he believes that he erred in governing himself by embracing “gradualism.”

The end of gradualism

The thesis of gradualism is based on the idea that The ultra-liberal Cambiemos program could not be implemented in 2015 because civil society was not mature to accept it. Kirchnerism had worn itself out culturally and politically, but society still valued its economic achievements. Kicillof’s economic management had managed to get Cristina Fernández de Kirchner to finish her second term without a serious economic crisis. To this end, paradoxically, the good mood of the markets after the victory of Cambiemos in PASO collaborated, a fact that led to a certain tranquility in the exchange rate in the last months of the Peronist government.

That end without crisis of the populist experience prevented society from accepting a violent liberal programso the PRO leadership opted for a gradualist line.

For Mauricio Macri the time of “gradualism” seems to have ended. In his view, the deterioration of the economic situation, especially in terms of inflation, opens the door for society to accept a firmer right-wing liberal agenda. The growth of the libertarian movement and pro-Nazi groups is seen as a symptom that Argentine society is incubating support for an ultraliberal program even when it requires the repression and persecution of politicians, social and union leaders and an important sector of the civil population. The Jujuy experiment at the hands of Gerardo Morales (similar to Operativo Independencia in Tucumán in the years prior to the 1976 coup), would already be ripe for expansion to the rest of the country.


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