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Every time of social crisis and low social conflict (class struggle we could say) feeds mysticism. Create, as Antonio Gramsci would say, monstrous characters, which condense the contradictions of a reality that no longer exists but is not offered as a new future either. To the extent that, in these lands, Javier Milei offered himself as an expression of these mystical tendencies. He showed it again this Tuesday, thousands of kilometers from Argentina, crying at the Wailing Wall while a nodal law was being discussed in the country.

But this Tuesday mysticism made landfall. Abruptly, violently, she crashed. Freedom Advances he discovered that the president’s angry tweets do not construct reality. That they cannot, by themselves, twist the course of events. That beyond the 280 characters and images created with Artificial Intelligence there is a dense network of institutions, counterweights and powers that express the real Argentina. That Argentina built over decades by the fluctuating and tense relationships between social classes and political-social representations.

The national government discovered the weight of the provinces, that sub-national actor that has been present in every national crisis in recent decades. He found that governors are more than political puppets willing to bow at the first threat of defunding.

The provincial leaders exercised a self-defense logic: They reacted to the threat of an adjustment that would hit their provincial coffers. They played the localist card. They spoke in defense of “provincial interests” as if such a thing existed. Martín Llayllora, the man from Córdoba who led the resistance, has just closed the joint ventures of the state unions below inflation. He does not speak on behalf of the working people, but rather of the famous “cash” that usually finances electoral campaigns and guarantees subsidies to big business.

The Government also clashed against his own parliamentary incompetence. A visibly exhausted Martín Menem complemented a (more than) inept Gabriel Bornoroni, a member who informed an opinion that had the same plasticity as the Borgesian book of sand. In that chaotic confusion – which once again deserved criticism from Miguel Ángel Pichetto – Oscar Zago appeared at the moment of penalties to confirm the surrender.

However, The defeat of the Government was also built outside the legislative palace. This issue cannot be undervalued. The resistance that was exercised in the streets in the face of fierce repression constituted a element of strong delegitimization of the norm. He showed, before the eyes of millions, that the parliamentary procedure was beyond absolute normality. He showed the entire country a rejection that unified numerous causes.

In those protests a new actor on the national political scene took center stage. Las neighborhood and cultural assemblies – which built strength from Unidos x la Cultura– appeared before the cameras as a new form of organization of discontent. They nuclearized (and brought together) thousands and thousands of people who, within the frameworks of CABA and the Conurbano, build a conscious political activity aimed at influencing reality.

This Tuesday, after 7 p.m., They celebrated in the streets. They celebrated the parliamentary and political defeat of the Government. They logically felt like winners. They had been part of those who put their bodies before the repression. A “put the body” which is accounted for in each mark by rubber bullets or blows.

In a remarkable synergy, within the premises the Left Front appeared as the voice of the street demand. It was, at the same time, the political space that exposed the obscene negotiation carried out by the ruling party and the complicit opposition. That articulation did not remain within the scope of the complaint. Last Thursday, in the midst of rubber bullets, the deputies went down to the street to lay down the body to try to contain the repression.

He Peronism exposed the duality of its political location. The harsh rhetorical criticism complemented the moderation in the field of struggle. He fought only with words. The CGT chose the “tactic” of producing one press community after another. The so-called social movements walked the same path.

A few days ago we wrote that the treatment of the Omnibus Law constituted “a political test” for the ruling party. The result is a slap across the line. The political defeat of the Government opens a new national scenario. Predicting its dynamics within hours of parliamentary failure would be too bold. On this Tuesday night there are plenty of expletives and strong phrases. There is also plenty of speculation.

Two thingshowever, appear evident. The first is that the management of Freedom Advances with proposes to continue its path of fierce adjustment. Behind the president’s angry tweets are the IMF and the large employers’ associations of Techint, Clarín and Arcor. The path remains to be seen. Will it be with new Bonapartist attempts, through plebiscites, as Adorni hinted? Will it be by accepting the need for an adjusting coalition, as Pichetto advised?

The second is that the defeat of the attacks to come will be in the terrain of the streets. The mechanics of parliamentary thread gave everything she could for herself. His exhaustion and the failure of the Government were born from internal politics at the top. The fight for a “box” of resources that is quite alien to the great popular majorities.

He Parliamentary failure of the Government encourages the path of struggle in the streets. Lays bare political weakness of an Executive who proclaimed himself all-powerful anchored in the 56% obtained in the runoff. Number that, as we already said, accounts for more fantasy than reality. More appearance than essence.

This Tuesday afternoon a path was opened to defeat the whole of the adjustment. It is necessary to go through it. In this journey, we must deploy the strength of millions of workers. The demand for a national strike and plan to fight the CGT is still on the table. This fight is just beginning.


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