The End of an Illusion

Argentina has defined its pre-candidates for the elections to be held this year. The first impression is that the right wing and the “progressive” Peronism have reached a tacit, unspoken agreement. Everything is being discussed, except the most important things.

The political establishment is moving towards a consensus reminiscent of the privatizations of the 1990s. This time, key resources such as lithium are being handed over, along with political sovereignty, social justice and economic independence.

The coming model is decidedly extractivist. The policy is one of deep adjustment. The debt will once again serve to bring the popular classes to their knees.

In this context, the left seems to be the most decent option, even if it is accused of being old-fashioned. The institutional right promoted Milei to push the discussion to the extreme and to present its belligerence as acceptable in the face of the rhetorical monstrosities of the ultra-right candidate. Installing the proposals of the left in the popular agenda will force “progressive” Peronism to move in the opposite direction.
With the current distribution of forces, Jujuy has become a narcissistic mirror. We saw and heard the right’s brazen defense of blood and fire. But we also witnessed the entente between the xenophobic radicalism of Morales and the surrenderist Peronism.

It is true that we cannot ask Cristina for more sacrifices. After two decades of struggle, ruthless persecution, and a televised assassination attempt, it would be a villain to accuse the current vice president. The people’s gratitude to her will be “eternal” – as eternal as history, always forgetful, allows.
This does not mean, however, that Massa’s candidacy should be accepted without the right of inventory.

The pragmatic reasons given and the call for a seamless adjustment behind the decision taken are not convincing. The repression in Jujuy showed, among other things, that while some are beaten, others look the other way. Milagros Sala, without going further, is still imprisoned, brutally mistreated, deprived of her basic rights, while in Buenos Aires – I mean it – the “sex of angels” is being discussed.

Here, angels have an algorithmic nature. Their fluttering decides the fate of our hungry, tired and sweaty bodies from the distance of the screens of the financial operators.

The new priest (Massa), blessed by the international and local elites, yesterday received the approval of our most exalted representative (Cristina), who, in a commendable if indigestible gesture of pragmatism, surrendered to the unimpeachable power that has marked the field for him.