09 March 2011 ~ 2 Comentarios

Posted on Mon, Mar. 07, 2011 THE MIAMI HERALD Peronists seek to stifle Vargas Llosa

The Buenos Aires Book Fair, the largest in the entire Spanish-language cultural world, invited Mario Vargas Llosa, a recent Nobel laureate in literature, to inaugurate the event on April 20.
At once, a group of Argentine intellectuals headed by the director of the National Library, rose in opposition in a public letter, supposedly because the presence of the Peruvian writer “offends a large segment of the culture of Argentina,” i.e., the Peronist faction.

Showing considerable common sense, President Cristina Fernández of Argentina phoned the fanatic and asked him to drop his stance. It was counterproductive.

In the recent past, when Néstor Kirchner was alive, Vargas Llosa was a harsh critic of the Kirchners, especially of the couple’s astounding ability to multiply the family estate in a less-than-unorthodox manner.

The article that gave the Peronists a biliary colic was entitled The Flower of Couples, [roughly, What a Couple!] which explained, in an ironic tone with a touch of black humor, based on public information, how this political duo bought large tracts of land for approximately $1 per square meter and sold them, one year later, for $70. Thus, in a very short time, the Kirchners multiplied the known family fortune tenfold, to become multimillionaires.

One of the most enigmatic features of Peronism, and to some extent of a substantial part of society in Argentina, is its complicit indifference to the open dishonesty of many of its politicians.

They do not care that the politicians ransack the public treasury, that they receive large bribes or constantly infringe half the penal code. When elections come, the Peronist candidates who behave thus (not all, thankfully) are backed by some voters who don’t seem to understand that the riches amassed by these thieves are filched, directly or indirectly, out of the pockets of all Argentines.

Why is a segment, perhaps the majority, of the Argentine electorate insensitive to these violations of the law and moral standards? In my view, for three reasons:

• Because, 60 years ago, Peronism introduced a practice of patronage politics in which the militants give their support in exchange for some privilege or gift given by the politicians. They vote with their stomachs, not with their hearts or heads.

• Because a cynical attitude prevails towards the democratic system, built on the false premise that “all politicians are equally corrupt.” (That’s not true; in Argentina there are honest politicians and officials.)

• Because many Argentines, after several generations of continuous apathy, are willing to flout the law if they obtain some benefit from it. That makes a mockery of the republican ideal of a society of thoughtful citizens, voluntarily placed under the authority of the law. That responsible attitude simply does not prevail in a country where it’s common to boast about breaking the rules.

It’s no wonder that this lamentable civic climate nurtures an atmosphere conducive to the use of fascist tactics inimical to republican virtues, a habit of using some degree of violence against those who report violations of law, or simply express opinions contrary to the official current.

Although, at the president’s request, the movement of those who sought to keep Mario Vargas Llosa from inaugurating the fair was rejected, it is likely that the official sectors of Peronism will assemble what in Argentina is called an escrache , a word that describes a kind of violent pogrom designed to silence a lecturer or intimidate those who wish to hear him.

Who will be the escrachers? There are more than enough. Argentina is one of the few countries in the world whose government subsidizes violent groups to methodically wreck the social peace and strain the relations between sectors with different viewpoints. They are professional brawlers, thugs supported with taxpayer money. They live from that and for that. They are the agents of paid intolerance.

(c) 2011, Firmas Press

2 Responses to “Posted on Mon, Mar. 07, 2011 THE MIAMI HERALD Peronists seek to stifle Vargas Llosa”

  1. Marlon Garcia Sigler 10 March 2011 at 5:25 am Permalink

    1. Montaner, no soy de los usuarios que estas acostumbrados a tratar. A los diecinueve años me fui de Cuba y ahora cuento con treinta y cinco. He leído desde que tenía seis años. Entre mis favoritos se cuentan: Nietzsche y Maquiavelo. Me he dado cuenta que el mercado global ha acabado con la mano de obra en Estados Unidos de América ¿Qué tienes que opinar al respecto? No soy uno de tus ordinarios lectores: a la edad que tú jugabas a hacer revolución yo me había estudiado a aquellos que cambiaron las sociedades. ¿Qué opinas acerca del capitalism monopolista?

    • pìa 15 March 2011 at 7:32 pm Permalink

      Guauu,me impresiona lo que necesitas impresionar.Que hay por dentro,fuera de Nietzche,Maquiavelo y tanta lectura?Hay que sostener todo eso,no leerlo solamente.Tal vez empezaste al reves de Montaner…Primero leìste y ahora estas jugando…¿?

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