President Javier Milei – “Planting Ideas of Freedom” but is he just Rebuilding Trust For the WEF?
Patricia Harrity | The Exposé | Expose-News.com
“Today I am here to tell you that the Western world is in danger, and it’s in danger because those who are supposed to defend the values of the West are co-opted by a vision of the world that inexorably leads to socialism, and thereby to poverty.”
said the Argentinian President, Javier Milei, at Davos on the 17th January 2024, but is Javier Milei just another puppet working to rebuild trust in the World Economic Forum (WEF)?
Economist Milei was introduced by the WEF founder, Klaus Schwab, as the “freely elected” president of Argentina, which these days is unusual, the Argentinian president went on to delineate the differences between Capitalism and Socialism and said he wanted “to plant the ideas of freedom in a forum that is contaminated by the 2030 socialist agenda.” and warned about collectivism to a room full of collectivists:
The Milei speech showed his ideology as being as anti-WEF, anti-socialism, and anti-authoritarian as it would be possible to be, therefore his philosophy has excited a lot of people who are possibly hoping that we, at last, have someone who is rubbing shoulders with the WEF “elite” but acting as a voice for the people.
Without being guilty of collectivism ourselves, or paranoid for that matter, we must not forget that Milei is a WEF graduate and is on the list of Schwabs Global Young Leaders, therefore we cannot help but have our suspicions about the man who, after all, has been welcomed at Davos.
“Better a Madman than a Theif”
He is also a performer, much like Zelensky and although we are led to believe that Milei is mr Popular in Argentina, that is not strictly true.
The World Socialist Web Site (WSWS) called him a “Fascistic candidate” and said Milei is “a TV personality promoted by the corporate media whose choleric outbursts against the “left” and the working class have been directed for years at cultivating a social base for massive austerity and fascist reaction.”
Milei won the presidential election in Argenta with a margin of 55.69% defeating Peronist Sergio Massa, and according to the WSWS, Milei was able to exploit the hatred for the Peronists, who have ruled Argentina for most of the 40 years since the fall of the dictatorship and are falsely presented as the “left” by the media.
Milei presented himself as the only authentic opposition, and that his rhetoric fraudulently amalgamated as “parasites” and thieves the government and union bureaucracies, together with the working class and the 40 percent of Argentines who rely on social assistance” the WSWS argue, and say that “The pessimistic mood of many of those going to the polls was summed up by one Milei voter who told the media: “Mejor un loco que un ladrón,” better a madman than a thief.
Milei won because 6.5 million more voters, particularly from working-class areas in the largest cities, added their votes to Milei in the second round, while 8.3 million voters—many of whom traditionally would have backed Peronism—preferred to abstain and pay a fine in a country where voting is mandatory.
Javier Milei: New president tells Argentina ‘shock treatment’ looms
Following his election victory in November, the good old BBC called Milei “the far-right president and said “In a day of pomp and ceremony, the 53-year-old capped his extraordinary rise to power with a speech which left Argentines in no doubt he intends to embark on an economic path unlike any previous president.”
He said he would undo “decades of decadence” with deep spending cuts, designed to slash huge public debts and drive down inflation, which is now higher than 140%.
“The bottom line is that there is no alternative to austerity and there is no alternative to shock treatment,” Mr Milei said. “We know that in the short term the situation will worsen. But then we will see the fruits of our efforts.”
Milton Friedman – Shock Treatment
However, will the “shock treatment” result in a dire situation for the Argentinian people? In March 1975 Milton Friedman American economist and statistician (1912-2006) suggested “Shock Therapy” to Pinochet to help the Chilean economy which in 1974 was at 369%. Friedman’s free market fundamentalist measures included a sharp reduction in the rate of growth of the money supply and a drastic cut in government expenditure, among others.
Friedman had said that “the only way to end inflation in Chile is eliminating drastically the fiscal deficit, preferably reducing public spending.” and he famously argued that the country should choose a “shock treatment” like the one applied in Japan and Germany after the Second World War.
The Chilean Junta followed the script written by Friedman, and the resulting policies imposed on the people generalised suffering and hunger. In September 1975, the New York Times published an editorial that mentioned Chile was following Friedman’s “shock treatment policies.
In its medullar part, it said:
“But after many months of applying Prof. Milton Friedman’s monetary theories and harsh austerity programs, unemployment hovers around 20 percent, industrial production fell off sharply for the first half of the year, foreign investment
remains at a trickle and a fantastic inflation rate has only recently shown signs of slackening.
There is unquestionably a worldwide Marxist campaign to blacken the junta and exalt the chaotic Allende regime, much of it carried on by governments even more oppressive than the one headed by Pinochet” (“Two years of Pinochet”, September 22, 1975). Source.
Pinochet dismantled Chile’s public sphere, auctioning off state enterprises and slashing financial and trade regulations and although enormous wealth was created in this period by the early 80s, the Pinochet/Friedman-“shock treatment” policies had caused rapid de-industrialisation, a tenfold increase in unemployment and an explosion of distinctly unstable shantytowns.
They also led to a crisis of corruption and severe debt.
Will Milei’s proposed “shock treatment” favouring “free market capitalism” have the same outcome in Argentina as it had in Chile? Will this cause the need for assistance from the One World government and help to bring the former Peronist Argentina securely into the fold?
That remains to be seen, but at the moment the Argentinian president seems to be saying all the right things to appease the people and it is coming as a surprise that he is saying them on the Davos stage.
With many individuals now angry and aware of the plans made by the unelected leaders, Klaus Schwab has noticed that the trust for them is depleting, could it be that Milei is being used as a puppet to help rebuild that trust? I hope that I am wrong, what do you think?
Javier Milei’s Key Points
Collectivism, –“The main leaders of the Western world have abandoned the model of freedom for different versions of what we call collectivism. We’re here to tell you that collectivist experiments are never the solution to the problems that afflict the citizens of the world. Rather, they are the root cause.”
Milie pointed out that Socialism leads to poverty and that it was Capitalism that brought 90% of the countries out of impoverishment since only 1800.
Radical Feminism and Population Control Mechanisms –
Milei denounced both matters:
“All that this radical feminism agenda has led to is greater state intervention to hinder the economic process, giving a job to bureaucrats who have not contributed anything to society. Examples: ministries of work of women or international organizations devoted to promoting this agenda. Another conflict presented by socialists is that of humans against nature, claiming that we human beings damage the planet, which should be protected at all costs, even going as far as advocating for population control mechanisms or the bloody abortion agenda.”
Milei criticised the most fundamental control mechanism of all: taxes.
“It [social justice] is unjust because the state is financed through tax. And taxes are collected coercively. Or can any one of us say that they voluntarily pay taxes? Which means that the state is financed through coercion, and that the higher the tax burden, the higher the coercion and the lower the freedom.”
Free Market Capitalism
Milei stated, “We are now at the best time in the history of humanity,” attributing this achievement to free market capitalism. He questioned the growing inclination towards socialism, which he criticised for having “murdered over 100 million human beings.”
“It should never be forgotten that socialism is always and everywhere an impoverishing phenomenon that has failed in all countries where it’s been tried out. It’s been a failure economically, socially, culturally, and it also murdered over 100 million human beings.”
Milei strongly denounced intrusive state interventions with respect to the free market. He argued that market failures do not exist without the presence of coercive forces.
“There are no market failures if transactions are voluntary. The only context in which there can be a market failure is if there is coercion. And the only one that is able to coerce, generally, is the state, which holds a monopoly on violence.
“Consequently, if someone considers that there is a market failure, I would suggest that they check to see if state intervention is involved. And if they find that that’s not the case, I would suggest that they check again because, obviously, there’s a mistake. Market failures do not exist.”
Parasites and the State
In his final remarks, Milei imparted a powerful message to the business community, urging them not to be intimidated by the power wielded by the state:
“Do not be intimidated, intimidated either by the political caste or by parasites who live off the state. Do not surrender to a political class that only wants to stay in power and retain its privileges.
“You are social benefactors, you’re heroes, you’re the creators of the most extraordinary period of prosperity we’ve ever seen. Let no one tell you that your ambition is immoral. If you make money, it’s because you offer a better product at a better price, thereby contributing to general well-being.
“Do not surrender to the advance of the state. The state is not the solution. The state is the problem itself. You are the true protagonists of this story. And rest assured that as of today, Argentina is your staunch, unconditional ally.
“Thank you very much. And long live freedom, damn it!” Source
The Full Speech.
The entire speech has been posted on the X platform, which can be viewed here, however, if you would prefer, I have provided the transcript below.
Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen.
It’s for me a great, great honor to welcome Javier Milei, as you know, the freely elected president of Argentina. And it’s actually your first trip to a foreign country after you have been elected. First, congratulations for your election, and congratulations also to your sister, who managed your election campaign.
I think you, sometimes people would say with more radical muscles, but you introduce a new spirit to Argentina, making Argentina much more related to free enterprise, to entrepreneurial activities, also to bring Argentina back to the rule of law.
So we have a very extraordinary person among us today and of course we are all eager to listen to you and again a very cordial welcome to the World Economic Forum.
Good afternoon. Thank you very much.
Today I’m here to tell you that the Western world is in danger and it is in danger because those who are supposed to have to defend the values of the West are co-opted by a vision of the world that inexorably leads to socialism and thereby to poverty.
Unfortunately, in recent decades, motivated by some well-meaning individuals willing to help others, and others motivated by the wish to belong to a privileged caste, the main leaders of the Western world have abandoned the model of freedom for different versions of what we call collectivism.
We’re here to tell you that collectivist experiments are never the solution to the problems that afflict the citizens of the world. Rather, they are the root cause. Do believe me, no one better place than us Argentines to testify to these two points.
When we adopted the model of freedom back in 1860, in 35 years we became a leading world power.
Having the discussion, it would first be important for us to take a look at the data that demonstrate why free enterprise capitalism is not just the only possible system to end world poverty, but also that it’s the only morally desirable system to achieve this.
If we look at the history of economic progress, we can see how between the year zero and the year 1800 approximately,
World per capita GDP practically remained constant throughout the whole reference period. If you look at a graph of the evolution of economic growth throughout the history of humanity, you would see a hockey stick graph, an exponential function that remained constant for 90% of the time and which was exponentially triggered starting in the 19th century.
The only exception to this history of stagnation was in the late 15th century with the discovery of the American continent. But for this exception, throughout the whole period between the year zero and the year 1800, global per capita GDP stagnated.
Now, it’s not just that capitalism brought about an explosion in wealth from the moment it was adopted as an economic system, but also if you look at the data, what you will see is that growth continues to accelerate throughout the whole period.
And throughout the whole period between the year zero and the year 1800, the per capita GDP growth rate remained stable at around 0.02% annually, so almost no growth.
Starting in the 19th century, with the Industrial Revolution, the compound annual growth rate was 0.66%. And at that rate, in order to double per capita GDP, you would need some 107 years.
Now, if you look at the period between the year 1900 and the year 1950, the growth rate accelerated to 1.66% a year, so you no longer need 107 years to double per capita GDP, but 66.
And if you take the period between 1950 and the year 2000, you will see that the growth rate was 2.1%, again the CAGR, which would mean that in only 33 years we could double the world’s per capita GDP.
This trend, far from stopping, remains well alive today.
If we take the period between the years 2000 and 2023, the growth rate again accelerated to 3% a year, which means that we could double world per capita GDP in just 23 years.
That said, when you look at per capita GDP since the year 1800 and until today, what you will see is that after the Industrial Revolution, global per capita GDP multiplied by over 15 times, which meant a boom in growth that lifted 90% of the global population out of poverty.
We should remember that by the year 1800 about 95% of the world’s population lived in extreme poverty and that figure dropped to 5% by the year 2020 prior to the pandemic.
The conclusion is obvious, far from being the cause of our problems, free trade capitalism as an economic system is the only instrument we have to end hunger, poverty, and extreme poverty across our planet. The empirical evidence is unquestionable.
Therefore, since there is no doubt that free enterprise capitalism is superior in productive terms, the left-wing doxa has attacked capitalism, alleging matters of morality.
Saying, that’s what the detractors claim, that it’s unjust. They say that capitalism is evil because it’s individualistic and that collectivism is good because it’s altruistic, of course, with the money of others, so they therefore advocate for social justice, but this concept which in the developed world became fashionable in recent times in my country has been a constant in political discourse for over 80 years.
The problem is that social justice is not just, and it doesn’t contribute either to the general well-being. Quite on the contrary, it’s an intrinsically unfair idea because it’s violent. It’s unjust because the state is financed through tax and taxes are collected coercively.
Or can any one of us say that they voluntarily pay taxes?
Which means that the state is financed through coercion. And that the higher the tax burden, the higher the coercion and the lower the freedom.
Those who promote social justice, the advocates, start with the idea that the whole economy is a pie that can be shared differently. But that pie is not a given. It’s wealth that is generated in what Israel Kirzner, for instance, calls a market discovery process.
If the goods or services offered by a business are not wanted, the business will fail unless it adapts to what the market is demanding. If they make a good quality product at an attractive price they will do well and produce more.
So the market is a discovery process in which the capitalists will find the right path as they move forward. But if the state punishes that academia, international organizations, economic theory and politics demonize an economic system that has not only lifted out of extreme poverty 90% of the world’s population but has continued to do this faster and faster and this is morally superior and just.
Thanks to Free trade capitalism, it is to be seen that the world is now living its best moment. Never in all of mankind’s or humanity’s history has there been a time of more prosperity than today. This is true for all.
The world of today has more freedom, is richer, is more peaceful and prosperous and this is particularly true for countries that have more freedom and have economic freedom and respect the property rights of individuals, because countries that have more freedom are 12 times richer than those that are repressed.
And the lowest decile in terms of distribution in free countries are better off than 90% of the population of repressed countries and poverty is 25 times lower and extreme poverty is 50 times lower. and Citizens in Free Countries Live 25% Longer than Citizens in Repressed Countries.
Now, what is it that we mean when we talk about libertarianism? And let me quote the words of the greatest authority on freedom in Argentina, Professor Alberto Venegas Leitch Jr., who says that libertarianism is the unrestricted respect for the life project of others, based on the principle of non-aggression, in defense of the right to life, as part of which, success is achieved only by serving others with goods of better quality or at a better price.
In other words, capitalists, successful business people, are social benefactors who, far from appropriating the wealth of others, contribute to the general well-being.
Ultimately, a successful entrepreneur is a hero and this is the model that we are advocating for the Argentina of the future a model based on the fundamental principles of libertarianism. The defense of life, of freedom, and of property.
Now, if free enterprise capitalism and economic freedom have proven to be extraordinary instruments to end poverty in the world, and we are now at the best time in the history of humanity, it is worth asking why I say that the West is in danger. And I say this precisely because in those of our countries that should defend the values of the free market, private property, and the other institutions of libertarianism, sectors of the political and economic establishment.
Some due to mistakes in the theoretical framework and others due to a greed for power are undermining the foundations of libertarianism, opening up the doors to socialism and potentially condemning us to poverty, misery, and stagnation.
It should never be forgotten that socialism is always and everywhere an impoverishing phenomenon that has failed in all countries where it’s been tried out. It’s been a failure economically, socially evidence continued to advocate for impoverishing socialism.
But there’s also our own leaders, thinkers and academics who, relying on a misguided theoretical framework, undermine the fundamentals of the system that has given us the greatest expansion of wealth and prosperity in our history. The theoretical framework to which I refer is that of neoclassical economic theory, which designs a set of instruments that unwillingly, or without meaning to, ends up the problem with neoclassicals is that the model they fell in love with does not map reality, so they put down their mistakes to supposed market failures rather than reviewing the premises of the model.
On the pretext of a supposed market failure, regulations are introduced which only create distortions in the price system, prevent economic calculus and therefore also prevent saving, investment and growth.
This problem lies mainly in the fact that not even supposedly libertarian economists understand what the market is, because if they did understand, it would quickly be seen that it’s impossible for there to be something along the lines of market failures.
The market is not a mere This is a graph describing a curve of supply and demand. the market is a mechanism of social cooperation where you voluntarily exchange ownership rights. Therefore, based on this definition, talking about a market failure is an oxymoron.
There are no market failures, if transactions are voluntary, the only context in which there can be a market failure is if there is coercion. And the only one that is able to coerce generally is the state, which holds a monopoly on violence.
Consequently, if someone considers that there is a market failure, I would suggest that they check to see if there’s state intervention involved and if they find that that’s not the case, I would suggest that they check again because obviously there’s a mistake.
Market failures do not exist. An example of these so-called market failures described by the neoclassicals are the concentrated structures of the economy.
However, without increasing returns to scale functions, whose counterpart are the concentrated structures of the economy, we couldn’t possibly explain economic growth since the year 1800 until today.
Isn’t this interesting?
Since the year 1800 onwards, with population multiplying by eight or nine times per capita GDP, grown by over 15 times. So there are growing returns, which took extreme poverty from 95% to 5%. However, the presence of growing returns involves concentrated structures, what we would call a monopoly.
How come then that something that has generated so much well-being for the neoclassical theory is a market failure? Neoclassical economists think outside of the box. When the model fails, you shouldn’t get angry with reality, but rather with the model and change it.
The dilemma faced by the neoclassical model is that they say they wish to perfect the functioning of the market by attacking what they consider to be failures, but in so doing, they don’t just open up the doors to socialism, but also go against economic growth.
An example, regulating monopolies, destroying their profits and destroying growing returns. In other words, whenever you want to correct a supposed market failure, inexorably, as a result of not knowing what the market is, or as a result of having fallen in love with a failed model, you are opening up the doors to socialism and condemning people to poverty.
However, faced with the theoretical demonstration that state intervention is harmful, and the empirical evidence the solution to be proposed by collectivists is not greater freedom, but rather greater regulation, which creates a downward spiral of regulations until we are all poorer and the life of all of us depends on a bureaucrat sitting in a luxury
Given the dismal failure of collectivist models and the undeniable advances in the free world, socialists were forced to change their agenda. They left behind the class struggle based on the economic system and replaced this with other supposed social conflicts which are just as harmful to life as a community and to economic growth.
The first of these new battles was the ridiculous and unnatural fight between man and woman. Libertarianism already provides for equality of these sexes. The cornerstone of our creed says that all humans are created equal, that we all have the same unalienable rights granted by the Creator, including life, freedom and ownership.
All that this radical feminism agenda has led to is greater state intervention to hinder the economic process, giving a job to bureaucrats who have not contributed anything to society. Examples, ministries of women or international organizations devoted to promoting this agenda.
Another conflict presented by socialists is that of humans against nature, claiming that we, human beings, damage the planet which should be protected at all costs, even going as far as advocating for population control mechanisms or the bloody abortion agenda.
Unfortunately, these harmful ideas have taken a strong hold in our society. Neo-Marxists have managed to co-opt the common sense of the Western world, and this they have achieved by appropriating the media, culture, universities, and International Relations who are daring to make our voices heard.
Because we see that if we don’t truly and decisively fight against these ideas, the only possible fate is for us to have increasing levels of state regulation, socialism, poverty, and less freedom, and therefore will be having worse standards of living.
The West has unfortunately already started to go along this path. I know to many it may sound ridiculous to suggest that the West has turned to socialism, but it’s only ridiculous if you only limit yourself to the traditional economic definition of socialism, which says that it’s an economic system where the state owns the means of production. This definition, in my view, should be updated in the light of current circumstances.
Today, states don’t need to directly control the means of production to control every aspect of the lives of individuals.
With tools such as printing money, debt, subsidies, controlling the interest rate, price controls and regulations to correct the so-called market failures, they can control the lives and fates of millions of individuals. This is how we come to the point where, by using different names or guises, a good deal of the generally accepted political offers in most Western countries are collectivist variants, whether they proclaim to be openly communist, fascist, Nazis, socialists, social democrats.
I would like to say that the state should steer all aspects of the lives of individuals. they all defend a model contrary to that one which led humanity to the most spectacular progress in its history.
We have come here today to invite the rest of the countries in the Western world to get back on the path of prosperity, economic freedom, limited government and unlimited respect for private property are essential elements for economic growth.
And the impoverishment produced by collectivism is no fantasy, nor is it an inescapable fate. but it’s a reality that we Argentines know very well.
We have lived through this. We have been through this. because as I said earlier, ever since we decided to abandon the model of freedom that had made us rich, we have been caught up in a downward spiral, as part of which we are poorer and poorer day by day.
So this is something we have lived through and we are here to warn you about what can happen if the countries in the Western world that became rich through the model of freedom stay on this path of servitude.
The case of Argentina is an empirical demonstration that no matter how rich you may be or how much you may have in terms of natural resources or how skilled your population may be or
Therefore, in concluding, I would like to leave a message for all business people here and for those who are not here in person but are following from around the world. Do not be intimidated either by the political caste or by parasites who live off the state. Do not surrender to a political class that
If you make money, it’s because you offer a better product at a better price, thereby contributing to general well-being. Do not surrender to the advance of the state. The state is not the solution. The state is the problem itself. you are the true protagonists of this story.
And rest assured that as from today, Argentina is your staunch, unconditional ally. Thank you very much and long live freedom. Damn it!
Fantastic. Thank you.
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