Coalescence and revolution
Nestor Miguel Gorojovsky
gorojovsky at SPAMarnet.com.ar
Mon Jun 11 08:37:55 MDT 2001
News in Argentina today are dominated by the proposition, made by
Domingo Cavallo, that the government become a government of "national
unity". Everybody knows, already, that the economic policies followed,
among others, by the Cavallos, and which were duly carried on by De la
Rúa, have been essential in contributing to the lack of popularity and
virtual dissolution of the Alianza. Thus, the political group is
expected to be the loser during the next parlamentarian
elections. Cavallo, the true ruler of the country, has quickly
assessed the situation and brought up a rabbit from his top hat: a
formal offering to the "great electors" of Peronism (the governors of
Buenos Aires, Santa Fe and Cordoba) in order to establish a government
of national unity.
Now, this is a very old story in Argentinean politics. Every time a
historical age comes to a close the former oppositions melt down into
an agreement. This happened with unitarians and federals during the
1860s/70s, between radicals and conservatives during the 1930s, and
--betweeen peronists and radicals during the 1990s.
The formalization of this convergence will take some time, yet. The
petty interests of everyday politics will have weight on the decission
by the Peronists. But the agreement of the political oligarchies is in
the order of things. At the same time, the energies of the popular
masses are going to look for new ways to express themselves.
I insist: things are changing in Argentina, even though it does not
appear clearly to the formal eye.
Néstor Miguel Gorojovsky
gorojovsky at arnet.com.ar
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