Good men with good intentions have over and over again bought into idea that the State can create wealth and prosperity when what is inevitably created is a happy hunting ground for the corrupt and an impoverishing mega hierarchy that produces less and less.
Those at the apex find themselves running faster and faster in order to establish control which is simply impossible. Finally after years, someone puts them out of their misery.
The whole problem is actually the idea of hierarchy itself. We have it all over the place and we certainly reward it. I do think that the best solution is that a successful leader should be properly rewarded by been granted the right to throw a pot-latch for his extended community. However this is so counter intuitive and alien in thought that we will not say more..
How Juan Perón's Left Populism Destroyed Argentina's Economy
Since I called Trump a big-government Republican during the 2016 campaign and just condemned his capitulation to a spendaholic budget deal, it goes without saying that I’m not a huge fan of the President.
Heck, I also recently criticized his protectionism, warning that additional barriers to trade could offset the pro-growth effect of lower tax rates.
But I like to think I’m fair in my criticisms. I stay away from the personal stuff (other than for humor purposes) and and simply focus on whether liberty is increasing or decreasing.
Today, though, I want to quasi-defend Trump because a professor from the University of Richmond wrote a really strange column for the Washington Post with a very bizarre assertion about Juan Perón, the populist post-World War II president of Argentina.
en vogue for enraged liberals to compare Trumpism to Argentine
Peronism, wielding the analogy as a warning about the potential
apocalypse that they fear is about to engulf us. …Like so many familiar
historical cliches, however, this one is incomplete, if not downright
The professor who wrote the piece, Ernesto Semán, wants us to believe Perón is someone to admire, sort of the Argentine version of Bernie Sanders.
core of Peronism was a vision that is the exact opposite of Trumpism.
Peronism led a process of expanding economic equality, collective
organization and political enfranchisement. …Juan Perón presided over a
process of massive wealth redistribution on behalf of the emerging
working classes. …his government increased its intervention in the
economy and provided…free public health care and education for everyone,
as well as a wide array of union-managed social services. Peronism
enacted strong regulations on private capital… Argentina’s social
transformations resembled in some ways those that took place in the
United States during the New Deal. Perón certainly thought so…in 1946
quoted entire paragraphs from President Franklin Roosevelt’s second
And he says that today’s Democrats should embrace Perón’s policies.
of Trumpism to Peronism…ignores how in fundamental ways the two are
polar opposites… Instead of fearing Latin American populism, …Democrats
should look to it as offering a potential path forward for a more equal
and fair country.
Wow. This isn’t quite as bizarre as arguing that Venezuela should be a role model (looking at you, Bernie Sanders, Joe Stiglitz, and others), but it’s close.
Here’s everything you need to know about Peronism, from a 2014 article in the Economist.
country ranked among the ten richest in the world…its standing as one
of the world’s most vibrant economies is a distant memory… Its income
per head is now 43% of those same 16 rich economies… As the urban,
working-class population swelled, so did the constituency susceptible to
Perón’s promise to support industry and strengthen workers’ rights.
a look at this chart from the article showing Argentina’s per-capita
GDP relative to other nations. As you can see, the country used to be
much richer than Brazil and considerably richer than Japan. And all
through the first half of the 20th century, Argentina was not that far
behind the United States and other wealthy nations. But then look at the
lines starting after Perón came to power in the late 1940s.
In other words, Peronist policies reduced the comparative prosperity of the ordinary people.
Just like similar policies have reduced the comparative prosperity of ordinary people in Venezuela.
What makes these numbers especially powerful is that convergence theory assumes that the gap between rich nations and poor nations should shrink. Yet statist policies are causing the gap to widen.
I put together a chart back in 2011
showing the relative rankings of both Argentina and Hong Kong.
can see, Argentina used to be one of the world’s richest nations.
Indeed, it was the world’s 10th-richest country when Perón took over.
And Hong Kong was relatively poor. But look at what’s happened over
time. Perón’s statist policies produced a steady decline while Hong
Kong’s laissez-faire approach has now made it one of the richest jurisdictions on the planet.
Yet Mr Semán says we should copy Perón. Go figure.
conclude by circling back to Trump. Semán is upset because some people
are equating Trump (who he despises) with Perón (who he admires).
vaguely sympathetic to part of his argument. He’s right that Trump’s
version of populism is not the same as Perón’s left-wing version of
populism (basically the Bernie Sanders agenda).
since I care about the less fortunate, I have nothing for disdain for
Semán’s assertion that Perón’s policies should be adopted in America.
P.S. Given his remarkable level of economic illiteracy, you won’t be surprised to learn that Pope Francis was influenced by Peronism.
Daniel J. Mitchell is a top expert on fiscal policy issues such as
tax reform, the economic impact of government spending, and supply-side
tax policy. Mitchell a former senior fellow with The Cato Institute and
The Heritage Foundation, and served as an economist for Senator Bob
Packwood and the Senate Finance Committee. His articles can be found in
such publications as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Investor's
Business Daily, and Washington Times. He is a frequent guest on radio
and television and a popular speaker on the lecture circuit. Mitchell
holds bachelor's and master's degrees in economics from the University
of Georgia and a Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University. His
blog is Liberty – Restraining Government in America and Around the World.
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