Argentina’s Economy Minister Sergio Massa has conceded defeat to populist Javier Milei in a fiercely polarized presidential runoff.
DANIEL POLITI and DAVID BILLER
Nov 19, 2023, 06:46 PM EST
Massa congratulated his opponent, a right-wing economist who has promised a dramatic shake-up for many of the nation’s institutions and welcomed frequent comparisons of him to former U.S. President Donald Trump.
With a Milei victory, the country will swing to the right amid discontent over soaring inflation and rising poverty, and empower a freshman lawmaker who describes himself as an anarcho-capitalist and got his start as a television talking head blasting what he called the “political caste.”
oh…crrrap… a shouty television host far-right “anarcho-capitalist” politician (aren’t anarchists against political solutions?) who styles himself after trump… let us all cry for them Argentina -sigh-
yet itself described as “political philosophy”; anarchism is a tricky beast, but there is certainly no such thing as an “anarcho-capitalist”. this fucker is a full-blown libertarian.
edit/ as far as I get it, the basic-statement of anarchism is “do what you want without exploiting others”; as far as libertarians go, motto is quite the opposite: “do everything you can to exploit others”.
edit/ I know, I know, the basic is of course just “no masters, no slaves”
Rothbard embraced “historical revisionism” as an antidote to what he perceived to be the dominant influence exerted by corrupt “court intellectuals” over mainstream historical narratives. His friend Harry Elmer Barnes, the Holocaust-denying historian, used similar language, “court historians”. Rothbard wrote that these mainstream intellectuals distorted the historical record in favor of “the state” in exchange for “wealth, power, and prestige” from the state.: Rothbard characterized the revisionist task as “penetrating the fog of lies and deception of the State and its Court Intellectuals, and to present to the public the true history”
so this is where all this facist-libertarian insanity is coming from. this guy was evil.
One gratifying aspect of our rise to some prominence is that, for the first time in my memory, we, “our side,” had captured a crucial word from the enemy. Other words, such as “liberal,” had been originally identified with laissez-faire libertarians, but had been captured by left-wing statists, forcing us in the 1940s to call ourselves rather feebly “true” or “classical” liberals.15 “Libertarians,” in contrast, had long been simply a polite word for left-wing anarchists, that is for anti-private property anarchists, either of the communist or syndicalist variety. But now we had taken it over, and more properly from the view of etymology; since we were proponents of individual liberty and therefore of the individual’s right
to his property.
Libertarian socialsts (who aren’t just anarchists, libertarian Marxism is a thing too) had already been around for 100 years at that point and don’t believe in trademarks, so I don’t know how that would have worked for them.