The public appearance of the Argentine president,
the ultraliberal Javier Mileiwas one of the most anticipated points on the agenda of the Davos Forum to the point of having received 60 requests for bilateral meetingss for the few hours I was going to stay in Switzerland. And she has not disappointed anyone: Milei exhibited her most extremist and ultra-capitalist speech before the large audience.
The Argentine president has reeled off the ‘goodness’
of extreme capitalism and has even called businessmen “heroes” and “social benefactors.” who listened to his intervention, in addition to stating that “the State is not the solution”, but rather “the problem itself”. Milei opened her speech with the threatening phrase “The West is in danger” to immediately warn of the serious policies of “impoverishing socialism”, which rely on “collectivist experiences” and advance “free enterprise capitalism”.
“Collectivists do not propose freedom, but more regulation“, he stated, while considering communists, fascists, Nazis, socialists, social democrats, Christian democrats and globalists, among others, collectivist variants. As had been leaked in Argentina, Milei did not go to Davos to talk about his country, of its policy that seeks to deregulate the economy and dismantle the State or of the critical situation of its economy – with the worst inflation in the region and one of the worst in the world (211.4%) and more than 40% poverty – but to proselytize his libertarian ultra-liberalism. Attack feminism and environmentalism
Milei has said that free enterprise capitalism is “the only tool to end hunger” in the face of those who “demonize” a system that has lifted 90% of the world’s population out of poverty and “fast.” And she has rejected that there could be “market failures”, since, in her opinion, only
can exist if the State intervenes. In his harsh speech, Milei attacked the agendas of feminism and the environment which, as he has said, socialism has managed to sneak into international organizations.
“The first of these new battles
It was the ridiculous and unnatural fight between man and woman. Libertarianism already establishes equality between the sexes,” indicated the ultra-liberal economist, who has concluded that “the only thing that this radical feminist agenda has resulted in is greater intervention by the State to hinder the economic process.” He also questioned the “harmful ideas” of those who “maintain that Human beings damage the planet and it must be protected at all costs, even going so far as to advocate for population control or the bloody agenda of abortion.”
Milei’s trip to participate in the Davos Forum has been his first international trip since he assumed the Argentine Presidency on December 10. As an example of the austerity that he advocates, he and his entourage – made up of his sister and general secretary of the Presidency, Karina Milei; the ministers of Foreign Affairs and Economy, Diana Mondino and Luis Caputo, respectively; and the Chief of Staff, Nicolás Posse, traveled on a commercial flight via Frankfurt and Zurich and this Thursday they will take the same route back to Buenos Aires.
He didn’t talk about the Maldives
In these frenetic hours, the president had meetings with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the United Kingdom, David Cameron, with whom
He did not talk about the so-called ‘Malvinas issue’, but they did agree that it should be part of the bilateral agenda in the near future “at the diplomatic level”; and with Queen Máxima of the Netherlands. Without a doubt, Milei’s most desired meeting was the one she had with the direct Manager of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Kristalina Georgievawho, days before, had praised his adjustment policies to stop the economic crisis that Argentina is experiencing.
No details of the meeting were revealed, in which the number 2 of the multilateral organization, Gita Gopinath, and the members of the Executive who accompanied Milei also participated, but it is important that this took place just days after the agreement reached in Buenos Aires.
Argentina reached an agreement a week agowhich still must be ratified by the Executive Board of the IMF, and which, after the new goals that the organization will send at the end of January, will allow almost 4.7 billion dollars to be disbursed so that the country can face its next debt maturities.
This agreement represents the seventh review of the extended facilities program signed with the entity in
2022 to refinance the debt contracted in 2018 during the Government of Argentine President Mauricio Macri (2015-2019) for about 45,000 million dollars.