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