Argentina: A ruthless “counter reform” of the Pension and Social Security System

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By: Atilio Boron / Source: Resumen Latinoamericano / The Dawn News / December 14, 2017

The Federal Police shooting pepper spray at the face of Deputy Mayra Mendoza. Photo Credit: FotoSur

The social security reform that the government of Macri enlightens with an unmatched clarity the clasist character of his government. The misnamed “reform”, actually a cruel “counter reform”, is a new modality of primitive accumulation of capital, or accumulation by dispossession, like the so-called David Harry, which means that there is a gigantic transfer of income of the elderly population to the government, and the concentrated capital it represents,. The retired are deprived from over 100 billion pesos (around 5 billion dollars) only to withstand the fiscal deficit and the astronomic debts incurred by Macri’s government in its failed attempt to grant sustainability to a program that lacks of it. We would have to go back to the golden age of oligarchic domination, in the final decades of the XIX century to find a comparable situation in which the government looted the most vulnerable and poor in order to enrich the owners of the territories in such a shameless way. Today there are multiple capitalist sectors -both national and the ones that lend money to Macri’s government from abroad- that benefit from this gigantic theft which will not remain unpunished. In their arrogance, their unscrupulous ways that violate the rule of law and their repressive authoritarianism, the political parties that conform Cambiemos (‘Let’s Change’, Macri’s coalition) think that everything ended in October 22, the day Macrism won the legislative elections. Huge mistake. They don’t realize that this story is barely beginning and that in merely 2 years, in 2019, an impoverished people, with retired people condemned to a perverse social euthanasia due to the governmental policies; vexed, deprived of their fundamental rights, subjected to a unprecedented media and information blackout, at least in democracy, with imprisoned leaders with no sentence, social leaders shot in the back (Rafael Nahuel), others missing and dead under unclarified circumstances (Santiago Maldonado). A people that watches with surprise how a legitimate, peaceful and social protest is repressed with cruelty so that the most vulnerable and helpless sectors of Argentina are forced to paid the cost of the economic adjustment by law and who will probably decide to retaliate against the oppressors in the next elections. The bet of recurring to the oblivion of the Argentinian people could be fatal to the government and their allies. Maybe certain molecular changes in the popular imaginary aren’t tangible for the self-indulgent look of the presidential environment and its addicted media, but a deep look of the media would prove that the regressive character of the official policies has launched a deaf but deep animosity against the ruling party which, without no doubt, will have its victims among the candidates of Cambiemos on next year. Anyone who knows the history of Argentina will understand that the policies that Macri’s administration wants to impose -and the way in which he wants to impose them- always collided with a formidable popular reaction. And this time it’s not going to be different; it will be even more powerful.

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