Globalization: I didn’t know this about Argentina

Re an annual festival, from David Warren’s account:

It was “about” a bunch of topless feminists, chanting obscene slogans, performing obscene acts, running helter skelter and physically charging a line of men who were blocking their entry into the Cathedral of San Juan. The girls were spray-painting their crotches, and so forth. (Not one of them retaliated.)

This was part of an annual, state-sponsored “cultural event,” during which prominent churches across Argentina are attacked and when possible, vandalized. (Plenty of film available.)

“The world is turning into Argentina,” according to one of my Argentine correspondents, who travels. He has a love/hate relationship with his own country, as many of us do today. He has plenty to say on the phenomena of Justicialismo — or “Peronism” as we call it in our northern naiveté.

At the time of this “story,” which made world news two years ago, he tried to explain to me the deeper psychic roots of this totalitarian ideology, which can express itself in quite various, often contradictory ways.

“It is neither Left nor Right; it can dress up or it can dress down. It is always populist and demagogic, however; always essentially fascist in its street manifestations. It feeds on the ‘madness of crowds’. And it is always anti-Christian, even and especially when it masquerades as Christian.” (I paraphrase from memory.)

Reality check: Globalization does not mean the global spread of learning, quality, equality, productivity, or good character. It just means “spread,” as when a bucket of paint falls from a ladder and “spreads,” with whatever effect.

See also: Utopia creep

  • It is a bizarre country.

    • Exile1981

      Did you see the “historic” election results out of spain? The far left and even farther left parties lost seats to two new parties… the not as far left and far but not farthest left party.

  • BillyHW

    Such a disgusting, immoral people from which we should never select popes.

  • Justin St.Denis

    Our youngest son was located/worked in Buenos Aires for two years. Although he was in love with Spanish-speaking cultures at the time (he was in his early 20s), Argentina was a wake-up call for him. Somewhat tight-lipped by nature, all he says today is that it was a “cesspool” and he’d rather not talk about it.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Peronism is an outgrowth of fascism. It has close ties to Nazism