[Marxism] Argentina's rude awakening -- new gov't launches attacks, repression

Stuart Munckton stuartmunckton at gmail.com
Thu Jan 21 22:33:09 MST 2016

Every year from around Christmas through to February, Argentina is wrapped
in a summer trance. The usual, frenzied pitch of city centres is muffled as
if by vast blankets of cotton and sticky heat. Families find reprieve from
work by travelling to the coast and mountains, visiting distant family and
towns in the interior.

This lull often translates into a dialling-down of class struggle. There
are fewer and smaller mobilisations, strikes and political activism.

On the other hand, new governments have historically exploited the summer
slumber to push through policies likely to meet with popular resistance.
The new right-wing government under President Mauricio Macri has proven
itself to be no exception.

“Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is humanity’s
original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made,
through disobedience and through rebellion.” — Oscar Wilde, Soul of Man
Under Socialism

“The free market is perfectly natural... do you think I am some kind of
dummy?” — Jarvis Cocker

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