3. Peron

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sun Apr 28 08:22:40 MDT 2002

On Sat, 27 Apr 2002 23:17:45 -0700, Alternative wrote:
>Is your source on this Corradi?  I don't
>remember him making such characterization of the
>Union Civica, or the Union Civica Radical (Civic
>Radical Union) that's why I'm interested in
>knowing the source on this.

The Union Civica Radical never represented a united, coherent class, 
but was rather an aggregation of disparate groups and individuals. 
Initially, it was more representative of the old middle class, which 
was largely Creole and in which independent farmers were heavily 
represented. It eventually came to encompass the new middle class 
which was drawn mainly from the descendants of Spanish and Italian 
immigrants--the growing white-collar strata of clerks and 
bureaucrats, and the petit-bourgeoisie of shopkeepers. The leadership 
of the party was dominated by landed interests not closely tied to 
world markets. Hipolito Yrigoyen, the party leader who became 
president of Argentina in 1916 and again in 1928, was himself a 
marginal landowner. (Corradi, pp. 337-338)

Carlos also asked if any respectable bourgeois historian regards 
Peron as a fascist or a caudillo nowadays. I am rather surprised that 
he would ask this question. As far as I know, this is the standard 
interpretation to this day. While I have no time to dredge up all 
sorts of references, I did a search on "Peron" in the H-Humanities 
book reviews section and came up with this, from a review of Deborah 
L. Norden's "Military Rebellion in Argentina: Between Coups and 

"The military insurrectionists of 1943, which included a group of 
officers led by Colonel Juan Domingo Perón, did not present a clear 
platform from which to govern, relying instead on a shared ideology 
of extreme nationalism, resistance to U.S. and Allied hegemony, 
anti-democratic sentiments, a defense of military prerogatives and an 
unspecified commitment to social justice (pp. 23-25). With some 
modifications, most notably the intensification of cultural 
conservatism and anti-subversion, this would remain the core of the 
military's political ideology through subsequent decades."

This, of course, is nonsense.

Louis Proyect, lnp3 at panix.com on 04/28/2002

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