Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Argentina: "Javier Milei is the worst expression of the Right; The only anti-system alternative is socialism", says Communist Party cadre

Javier Milei is the new president of Argentina. For the first time a far-right candidate comes to power. “We communists have the obligation to put on the table that the only anti-system alternative is socialism,” said Norberto Galiotti, of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Argentina (PCA).  

“What is coming is very hard, but we communists know very well what we are facing,” said Norberto Champa Galiotti, member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party, after knowing the results of the runoff that highlighted the far-right candidate, Javier Milei, as the new president of the Nation. 
“Milei is part of the right, but he is the worst expression of it, that of fascism,” he said and added that “now, with the alliance that he established with Macri, he is also the representative of mafia power in the country.” .

When asked why Milei won, the PC leader analyzed that “Milei won because the people voted, rightly, with their pockets and daily problems in mind, with the feeling that when you go to the store, the supermarket or the "To load fuel, your income is not enough to survive." In that sense, he explained that "the people voted with the table, the refrigerator and the pocket that this bad Peronist government left them, which on top of that offered them as an electoral alternative to the minister of economy, that minister who could not solve any of the economic problems." that affect the Argentine people.” 
And he insisted that “it cannot be ignored under any point of view that today with his salary the worker cannot solve the elementary questions of life” and stressed that “this situation sustained over time generates the worst monsters.” Thus, the paradoxical situation arose that “the people voted for a change, but for the wrong change.” It happens, he pointed out, that "it is evident that there is exhaustion among the people regarding the conciliatory policies of Peronism." However, “it must be said very clearly, it is impossible to solve the problems of capitalism with capitalist measures.” Given this panorama, one of the reasons that explain the triumph of the fascist right is that “among the options for change, it was not possible to articulate a socialist alternative, which really implies a change in the system, and not its deepening.” Due to this combination of factors, a proposal was voted that instead of a change in the system “represents the exacerbation of its worst dimensions.”  

Now, with the electoral consensus achieved, “Milei arrives to end the State reforms that Menem began in the 1990s and that he was unable to expand.” In effect, he "comes to privatize everything and to put the country at the service of multinationals." About, He asserted that “the change that was chosen by society represents a leap into the void but not into the unknown, we communists know well what is coming.” One of the most worrying data, said the communist leader, is that “from the primaries to the runoff, Milei maintained a floor of seven million votes.” With this floor, “to which the votes and support of Macrism are added, a base of electoral consensus for the extreme right is consolidated, a truly unprecedented situation.” for the history of our country.” What is certain, he said, is that “from now on, beyond the explicit threats of repression, strong resistance will also be displayed by sectors of our people.” The scenario of struggle that opens then seems clear in some of its elements.  

On the one hand, “Milei has the political support of Macrismo and the accompaniment of the military and repressive party, of the federal forces that murdered Santiago Maldonado and Rafael Nahuel.” Faced with this pole, “a socialist alternative must be articulated, with a strong anti-imperialist and Latin American component, that confronts the values of freedom.” of the market and the rule of private property, which are the true foundations of poverty and exclusion in the country and the region.”  

On this point, Galiotti was extremely clear: “the right is not fought with capitalism and in the face of this diagnosis, communists have the obligation to debate the need for a socialist alternative for our people,” because “if we talk about the anti-system, the “The true anti-system option is socialism.” There is a space to do so, “the weak position of Trotskyism and the FIT in this electoral campaign, given the seriousness of the scenario presented, makes it clear that there is a place for the revolutionary left,” he explained. In what follows, then, “a policy of class conciliation to confront the extreme right is impotent and a bad strategy.”

For the Rosario leader, “if the electoral process demonstrated anything, it is that there are objective conditions in the people to regroup the forces of the popular camp, under an anti-capitalist program and anti-imperialism for socialism, and dispute the capacity to disseminate these ideas against the far-right policies of the new government and the moderate expressions of the conciliatory opposition. 
Finally, facing this scenario, he emphasized that “we must put on the table that “The one that most conditioned Argentina politically, economically and ideologically was the agreement with the International Monetary Fund.” The agreement with the IMF “could not be negotiated, its fraudulent nature had to be denounced and brought before the courts to those responsible, mainly to Mauricio Macri,” he recalled. Now, part of the struggle agenda that has already begun must focus on expanding the rejection of the IMF and the policies of macrismo.