Death penalty for Gerardo Morales

Gerardo Morales did something that deserves exemplary punishment: he admitted that Together for Change has responsibility in the debt crisis that Argentina is going through (Maximiliano Luna)

On Tuesday of the last week, the president of radicalism, Gerardo Morales, did something that deserves exemplary punishment: He admitted that Together for Change is responsible for the debt crisis that Argentina is going through. “We contracted the debt. The least we have to do is go listen ”, he dared to say. Naturally, Such transgression – the recognition that not everything that happens in the country is the fault of the Government – deserved a quick reprimand. The hard sector of macrismo agitated on Twitter to be called a traitor. Some deputies, very close to Mauricio Macri and Patricia Bullrich, attacked him. One of them was particularly sharp when he accused him of having been, such a sin, candidate for vice president of Roberto Lavagna in 2007. It is obvious that if someone has that background, they deserve at least exile. Morales then tried to explain: “What I wanted to say is that it is a cross-cutting problem, that we all have responsibility for what happens.”

It was terrible. Morales deserves punishment but not for having said something false. In fact, what he said is quite true, almost a truism, a nonsense. The last two governments of Argentina, in macroeconomic terms, were a resounding failure. In December a very interesting book appeared called Lost time, whose authors are the economist Marina Dal Poggeto and the political scientist Daniel Kerner. Reading it is essential for anyone who wants to understand what is happening in Argentina outside of the fanatical positions of those who always maintain that the fault lies with the other. Lost time It details how the inflationary inertia returned during Cristina’s period, and how the energy crisis, the external restriction, the incessant loss of foreign exchange, the fall in investment were generated. And then he details the way in which Mauricio Macri, on those problems, created the perfect storm.

The macristas are right about something: the disaster they produced in the Government cannot be explained without the inheritance received from Cristina. But, once again, only a group of brutes or fanatics can explain it solely on the basis of that heritage. Phrases such as “we did not contract the debt” can only be pronounced, without causing laughter, in front of interlocutors who are very willing to let anyone say anything. For what reason would someone cover a fiscal deficit in soft currency – pesos – by a short-term debt, at very high interest rates, in dollars? What brilliant mind could not realize that this dynamic ended badly before any sneeze that occurred, for example, in Turkey? Go through the pages of Lost time it is a harrowing experience. Nothing was written in 2011, for things to end as they ended in 2019. Only the poor quality of the Kirchner and Macri governments can explain the disaster that Argentina is experiencing.

For that, precisely, Morales deserves punishment, like the boy who said the king was naked. Because, for example, when you say what you said, you expose a lot of people. When Cristina talks about the debt and only talks about Macri, when Macri talks about the debt and talks about Cristina, when Alberto Fernández hides himself in diatribes against the opposition in order not to explain the serious limitations of his Government, when Horacio Rodríguez Larreta prefers not comment on the IMF document that recalls the mismanagement of the debt by Macri, when none of them dare to take on the battles that were sent in recent decades, obey a dominant logic: the great Argentine consensus is that the other is to blame. They have lived off that idea. They have done well, although the country not so much. That idea is big business for many people.

So when Morales says something as simple as what he said, something like “We all screwed up, how about we get together to see what we can think of to get out of this tragedy?”, what corresponds is to pulverize it. And when the reprimand starts, nobody defends him.

It is not going to be something that the bad example spreads.

The comedy of entanglements that the political class starred in the first week of the year is a fairly accurate demonstration of the causes of the Argentine tragedy. As you know, the country has entered the final stretch of negotiations with the International Monetary Fund. It’s a really dramatic moment. President Fernández, hit by a very hard electoral result, and by a deterioration of his image that is perceived in all the polls, summoned the governors to listen to the Minister of Economy. It was not an act to support anything, or to appear in the photo. As it turned out, because the entire meeting was broadcast, those who went there could actually discuss and raise their disagreements.

However, that summons unleashed the realm of speculation. Cristina and Máximo Kirchner were not there. Someday we will have to write about the petty logic of their appearances and absences since the assumption of Fernández as president. The opposition governors did not want to be stuck either. Later, several leaders of the ruling party were erased. Axel Kicillof, who was, asked Martín Guzmán to review the strategy. He never explained what he meant: break? Be more concessive? But he wanted to make it clear that, obviously, he does not agree on something in case things go wrong. As always, it is difficult to know to what extent the failure of the convocation was due to the hosts or the guests. But, in any case, you can see what they are. Each one calculates how it looks if he participates in something like this. It is a demagogic and electoral analysis. It is what it is.

There is no society where something important is at stake. There are no people sleeping on the street or begging for alms like never before in Argentina.

That is why there is all the space and time for them to speculate: how does this fall to my electorate? Do you add me or subtract me? Did it stick or not stick? It is small politics in all its dimension.

At the end of December 2001, the local political class cheered Adolfo Rodríguez Saá when the short-lived president announced that Argentina would not pay the foreign debt.

Twenty years later, some names have changed, but the political culture is quite similar. In the moment of truth, they play the lollipop gift. Me sir? No sir.

For this reason, when Morales said something like: “hey, what if we got together since we had something to do with this disaster?” It was logical that the guardians of the Orthodox Church whose first commandment is “the fault is of the other” would reprimand him.. Because in that they support their identity. They don’t care about the historical truth, or reviewing their own mistakes, or finding a solution. Its identity is in the little war against populism, or against the hegemonic media, or against Kirchnerism, or against concentrated groups. It is a recipe that has given great results.

Furthermore, if Morales’s example were to spread, tremendous things would happen. Both should accept that they used immoral weapons to persecute opponents, manipulated judges, intelligence services and the media. One and the other should admit that they lived with rough bars, that is, with very dangerous people linked to drug trafficking. Perhaps they would accept that they do not know well how to govern the country and must revise their last convictions. Both should accept that good and evil are quite elusive in politics and that there is everything in the two families that dominate power in the country. That they are not the same, but they are quite similar. In other words, if that brief phrase by Morales were imposed as the dominant approach, the conceptual scheme that dominates Argentine politics would collapse.

Therefore, you have to react to such act of insubordination.

What did he say?

That the fault of the Argentine tragedy is transversal?

How does such insolence occur to you?



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