An Interview With Javier Milei: Hopeful Future President of Argentina
My personal favorite quote of his:
“We [non-leftists] are not only superior economically, we’re morally superior, we’re aesthetically superior, we’re better than them at everything—and it triggers them.
He’s not wrong.
They call him the “Argentinian Trump”, but he is far more vocal and actually right-wing than Trump could have ever dreamt of being.
Milei is what happens when a libertarian gets pushed too far. His evolution from an anarcho-libertarian to an “ultraconservative far-right populist” (as described by Argentinian news sources) is one of wonders. If only all libertarians were on that path at the moment, we’d finally have the numbers we need.
Javier still has a way to go (he still avoids the gay/trans questions, favoring to instead appeal to his libertarian past on those issues), but he is getting there. The only other red flag is that he is on WEF’s website too, and that is always sketchy.
Still, I wish we had politicians like him here in the States. We’re stuck with a uniparty, whereas Argentina has frontrunner politicians yelling about “shit leftists” and correctly claims they cannot be given an inch.
When politicians like Milei pop up, it just reminds me how annoyingly dull the United States’ political landscape is. We had some minor uniqueness with Trump in 2016, but even he is nothing if we compared him to an actual right-wing leader (even a soft one). Trump was more of a centrist than anything. He pushed the envelope a bit back to the right, but nothing like these Latin American types.
I know the left-right dichotomy is old news, but everyone knows what I’m getting at when I say that if you stack up an actual right-winger, Trump, and Bernie Sanders on a true political scale—Trump would be solid center, if not even leaning a bit left.
The only real “populists” we’ve had on the federal stage since Andrew Jackson in the 1830s were Ross Perot and Huey Long. But Perot was a billionaire with some suspicious centrist leanings (pro-gay, pro federally funded abortion, pro-gun bans, etc.), and Huey got assassinated pretty much immediately after announcing his candidacy. So we don’t actually have viable right-wing options in the States like they do in Latin America. And we haven’t since the early 1800s.
South America gets all the fun politicians. Nayib Bukele, Pinochet, Bolsonaro, and now Milei. None are perfect, but at least they are true alternatives to the status quo.
Meanwhile, we have Bushes, Trumps, Clintons, and Bidens. Different bodysuits of the same uniparty. Constant repeats of the same losers.
If you think I’m being hyperbolic, consider this: Our next election is likely going to be a literal repeat of our last one. A milquetoast Trump against a dementia-riddled Biden. Again. The only difference being with 80-year-old versions of the same characters.
If this were a sane country, you would think this was a joke, but nope. The ruling class is literally repeating the same bodysuits as the last time. Even if DeSantis is the frontrunner when they imprison Trump, he’s been positioned as just another Trump-lite. Same thing, different name. Our rulers aren’t even original enough to pretend to get new characters at this point.
There is not much we can learn from Latin America. But this is one thing they do get right.
We could use a few Latin American styled right-wingers here in the States. Sadly, it won’t solve our uniparty system problem; Nothing can do that besides a new system. But at least it would provide entertainment value until we get to that point.
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