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Javier Milei, Revolt Of The Global Disaffected Is Far From Over

Argentina has elected a "paleolibertarian" outsider with little experience, and by a wide margin. What does this say about the existing structures of power around the democratic world?


PARIS — If it were only a matter of far-right politics, the election of Javier Milei as Argentina's next president would fit into a relatively classic electoral pattern. But this winner, with a very comfortable 56% of votes, is much more than that: this is what makes his case intriguing and raises troubling questions.

He is first and foremost a "radical libertarian," according to the Financial Times, which generally does not engage in hyperbole. Or "paleolibertarian," a doctrine that advocates "anarcho-capitalism," according to the French websiteLe Grand Continent.

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Libertarianism is a political philosophy born in the United States that advocates for total individual freedom in the face of state power. Javier Milei, who has a way with words, summarizes it as follows: "Between the mafia and the state, I prefer the mafia. The mafia has codes, it keeps its commitments, it does not lie, it is competitive."

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Milei Elected: Argentina Bets It All On "Anything Is Better Than This"

The radical libertarian Javier Milei confounded the polls to decisively win the second round of Argentina's presidential elections; now he must win over a nation that has voiced its disgust with the country's brand of politics as usual.


BUENOS AIRES — Two very clear messages were delivered by Argentine society with its second-round election of the libertarian politician Javier Milei as its next president.

The first was to say it was putting a definitive end to the Kirchner era, which began in 2003 with the presidency of the late Néstor Kirchner and lasted, in different forms, until last night.

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The second was to choose the possibility, if nothing else, of a future that allows Argentina to emerge from its longstanding state of prostration. It's a complicated bet, because the election of the candidate of Libertad Avanza (Liberty Advances) is so radical and may entail changes to the political system so big as to defy predictions right now.

This latter is the bigger of the two key consequences of the election, but the voters turning their back on the government of Cristina and Alberto Fernández and its putative successor, (the Economy minister) Sergio Massa, also carries historical significance. They could not have said a clearer No to that entrenched political clan. So much so that they decided to trust instead a man who emerged in 2021 as a member of parliament, with a weak party structure behind him and a territorial base no bigger than three mayors in the Argentine hinterland.

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More Airstrikes On Gazan Hospitals, Outsider Milei Wins In Argentina, Olive Oil Bandits

👋 Dumela!*

Welcome to Monday, where Gaza’s Indonesian hospital is targeted by Israeli airstrikes while premature babies are evacuated from the al-Shifa hospital, far-right candidate Javier Milei gets elected as Argentina’s new president, and Spain takes drastic measures to combat olive oil shoplifting. Meanwhile, Milan-based daily La Stampa has an interview with Omar Di Felice, the Italian “extreme cyclist” as he sets off to cover 963 miles of Antarctic ground in winter on his own.

[*Tswana, Botswana and South Africa]

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Milei's Victory In Argentina: The Cult Of Personal Freedom At All Costs

Javier Milei has scored a stunning victory on a populist far-right platform promising maximum personal liberties and a shrunken state. But the deep rifts and economic hardship in Argentinian society present huge risks for the nation and its incoming president.

Updated Nov. 20, 2023 at 12:55 p.m.


BUENOS AIRES – Riding the cult of unfettered personal liberty, Javier Milei, the far-right populist Libertarian candidate, has scored a stunning victory to become Argentina's next president. The rival to Milei in Sunday's second-round runoff, Economy Minister Sergio Massa, called him to concede, trailing by a 10-point margin after nearly 90% of the vote was counted.

It's another populist victory in a major country (Indeed, former U.S .President Donald Trump was quick to congratulate Milei whom he said would "Make Argentina Great Again!"), and defied pollsters and the political establishment that questioned whether voters would elect someone who'd vowed to "blow up" the central bank and carry out major changes to the economy and politics.

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Milei had seemingly swayed a significant enough portion of public opinion by promising to unleash a new era where personal freedom would be supreme. Regularly exercising his freedom to shout at viewers, he had declared that, if elected, he would maximize liberties at the expense of state powers. But after October’s first-round results showed Miei trailing Massa, the runoff realized the worst fears of many that a society based almost solely around individualism was here to stay in Argentina

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An Argentine Trump — Or Bolsonaro? Don't Underestimate The Danger Of Javier Milei

Argentina's far-right presidential candidate Javier Milei, riding a wave of voter fury over dismal socio-economic conditions, wants to shrink the state to the bare minimum. But that's not even the most dangerous part...


BUENOS AIRES — Should he become Argentina's president later this year, the anti-establishment legislator Javier Milei — who was the top vote-getter in last Sunday's presidential primary poll — would have major difficulty implementing the far-right agenda he has touted (like 'dynamiting' the Central Bank), all intended to downsize the state in a major way.

For starters, Milei would lack a majority in parliament, and his combative style (he's a shouter) is an impediment to necessary political negotiations to sway others for support.

After his surprise victory this week, Milei conceded that in October's general elections, his group could at best win only eight (of 72) Senate seats and 40 of the 257 seats in the lower chamber.

How could he implement his programs then without either undermining state institutions or having to make a pact with sectors of what he calls the 'political caste'? How would his government react to protests against his policy?

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