thread, polarization with the right and silent subordination to the IMF
The meeting had started around 9:00 p.m. on Thursday and ended just before 2:00 p.m. on Friday. To be the first official meeting of the Political Table of the Front of Allafter three years and two months of government, it could be said that the conclave on Matheu street was not that long. Before their participants returned home, they issued a document titled “Democracy without proscriptions. Unity to transform”a clearly electoral text in which, secondarily, they mention the current economic crisis (with generalities and without specific announcements, of course).
As an expression of tripartite diversity, the “table” was headed by the president Alberto Fernandez (who had summoned her days ago), the Minister of the Interior Edward “Wado” of Peter by Kirchnerism and the Minister of Economy Sergio Massa. In addition there was governors, mayors from the Buenos Aires suburbs and “delegates” from the union bureaucracy of the CGT and the CTA. To everyone’s surprise, despite the fact that he had previously announced that he would not go, together with De Pedro he arrived at the appointment maximum kirchner.
All united, will they triumph?
The common document was disseminated to the press and through the official networks of the Front at 2 in the morning, when a large part of the population was asleep. There they affirm that they met “to share the necessary strategies to face the challenges” ahead of them (electorally speaking).
For that they start talking about “an international context of uncertainty” (post-pandemic, “wars” and conflicts “for world hegemony”). In this framework they talk about “concentrated powers” (without giving names or details) who succeed at “subdue society in discouragement and anger, in frustration and disbelief”.
Then they give way to the definition in an electoral key: “In 2023, two country models will face each other”, they say, identifying the coalition itself with a model of “shared, democratic and egalitarian progress” and Together for Change with “the anachronism of a right wing that conceives of the country as a business platform for a few.” Only this last model, they clarify, is the one that has “nothing new to say” and repeats formulas that have already failed “except to enrich small privileged groups.”
Although the vice president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner announced at the end of 2022 that she will not be a candidate for anything this year, the “table” assumes “the responsibility to arrange the necessary actions to prevent the proscription of the partner”so that the “leadership and electoral power” that it has (especially in the province of Buenos Aires) is not “snatched”. “There is not, or should not be, any economic, media or judicial power capable of deciding above the popular will”says the document.
Although the published text does not say so, the new Chief of Staff Agustín Rossi confirmed at the end of the meeting that it was resolved form a “commission” of the table that will meet with CFK to analyze the alternatives and possibilities of candidaciesincluding a hypothetical nomination of the same vice president.
Immediately afterwards, the FdT rules that “unity in diversity is an important value” for its members, who claim to be “fully aware of the particular moment that our society is experiencing”. In this framework, they say they know “all economic and social demands” of those who still have “to give concrete answers”.
Among these demands, they mention as a fundamental task towards the future “to continue the efforts to reduce inflationincrease the purchasing power of wages and work on each of the public policies necessary to that our people live better”. They guiltily affirm that “that was the electoral contract” with their voters in 2019, although (as they usually do) they justify themselves again by the “external circumstances” such as the pandemic and the war “that aggravated the situation of an economy devastated and subjected to wild indebtedness by the Macri government”. Nothing new.
From the Frente de Todos they believe “it is necessary to recognize and vindicate” the “efforts” made in “four years of government” (sic), although they immediately promise “advance towards a stage that allows the Argentine people to recover hope”. For that, they claim that “today more than ever” They have to be “At the side of every Argentine and Argentine who faces difficulties”.
Everything described above, is remembered again, just been signed not only by the “progressive” wings of the coalition (which in turn have many officials who work in areas of weight of the State), but also by characters like himself Alberto, Massa, Toulouse Peace, Kicillof and other governorsseveral mayors y leaders of major unions. That is, who Today they carry out and/or accompany the brutal economic adjustment without joking that plunges millions of workers, retirees and retirees into poverty and favors compliance with IMF orders over improving the purchasing power of popular pockets. Cynicism is little.
The document insists that “in order to avoid a return of the right, a fundamental part of the Front’s strategy is to reinforce unity in diversity.” And they even invite “those who want to join this project” to “articulate all the different views” in pursuit of “An Argentina that grows with peace, equality and freedom”. For that, revalue the STEP (until a few days ago some members of the same “table” questioned them) as “the institutional tool” created in 2010 to “synthesize the different visions of a common project”.
Lastly, as if they had not governed for more than three years, the different wings of the FdT assure that they want to “represent the millions of Argentine men and women who want a Nation where those who produce and who work are promoted and protected; where jobs with full rights are created that allow individual progress and that of each community; where the technological scientific system and the national universities are a source of pride for all people; where equality between men and women and full respect for diversity are a daily reality; where federalism is a principle and a practice to reduce inequality gaps”.
A statement of good intentions that crash head on (and at high speed) against the reality that the Frente de Todos itself (in collaboration with Together for Change) comes “transforming” for the benefit of corporations, multinationals, banks and international credit organizations and to the detriment of the working and poor population.
Again in an electoral key, the document concludes: “In 2023 the future of the country is at stake. The Frente de Todxs, united, reaffirms its pride in past struggles and achievements (sic); are commitment to this present complex (sic); and his indeclinable will to build a free, just and sovereign country (sic)”. Thus, with their consciences cleared, most of the signatories went to sleep.
Beyond words, the thread of the Frente de Todos seeking electoral unity cannot hide the underlying problem through which all the wings of Peronism cross: the deep discontent of his social (and electoral) base caused by adjustment plans applied by the government itself that he had promised to banish what was done by Macri. With a monthly inflation of 6% and the purchasing power of the working class plummetingthere is no thread or document that solves that crisis.