Tuesday, June 06, 2017

What was "kirchnerism" in Argentina in 2003-2015?

The present-day stream of Peronism in Argentina that is known as "kirchnerism" takes it's name from the Presidencies of Néstor Kirchner (2003-2007) and his wife Cristina Fernández (2007-2015).

I'm not familiar with the seemingly left-leaning American Herald Tribune. But I came across this article from it which gives a good concise description of kircherismo, Macri and the Argentinian “la grieta” by Frederico Acosta Rainis 02/03/2016.

During that period of development, a Keynesian model was unleashed, promoting “inclusive growth” based on consumer impulses, the increase in purchasing power, full employment, and the extension of the state apparatus coupled with its security. Other fundamental pillars included the strategic reorientations of its international alliances, especially with an emphasis of the Latin American south-south relations; an overarching human rights political doctrine, having helped usher in a minority rights program and the employment of memory-truth-and-justice commissions for crimes against humanity in the era of dictatorship (1976-1983).

Along with these policies, and though the discoursive and symbolic gestures, the Kirchners were able to create a universal sense of culture - nationalist, anti-colonial, and anti-oligarchy - casting itself on a large portion of the youth, and interpolating itself throughout various sectors including those which were unfamiliar to the concepts of Peronismo - its political antecedent. This narrative, attempting to make a unity without fissures, allowed for the emergence of a popular support necessary to make progressive steps addressing a few historical, and fundamental, reparations; external debt reduction, re-nationalization of the oil firm, YPF, and more sustenance for pensions and retirement, among others.

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