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Argentina is Happening in America

Socialism or Free Market

US and Argentina Paradigm

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Dear Lowman,

The Greek Debt and Deficit and EuroBailout are in the news but all of this has happened in our own hemisphere. Argentina, Greece, Soviet Russia and even European Welfare States with huge debt, deficits and chronically high employment are empirical, real world examples of the economic devastation of State intervention in the economy where the few on levers of finance rule the many in the marketplace.
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Argentina: It's Happening Now, in America!

A short history lesson; In 1902, - Argentina rivaled America as world's second largest economy, after Great Britain, and 100 years later, it has bankrupted itself and squandered its gifts and potential. Pensions and social welfare beyond what the productive Forgotten Taxpayer could be forced to pay. Mandatory retirement "insurance", mandatory health "insurance", and with Peron, Eva and Juan, corporatism, with rhetoric and polices aimed at "the rich". Will we learn from Argentinean History or relive it.
We are headed toward a Fiscal Iceberg. The Titanic did sink.
Argentina did go bankrupt and its people impoverished.
Don't Cry For Me, Argentina.... I mean, America

Which is America's Future - Socialism or Free Market?

Compare and Contrast: Free Market Chile and Socialist, Statist, Corporatist Argentina
Chile is the richest country in South America. Chile's Shift To Free Market Is A Bellwether 01/19/2010 I would call this a shift to the decentralized economy focused on individual autonomy, individual freedom and individual choice which is the focus of Free Market and a Constitution Limited government of Free People and Free Minds. Government is the institution of coercion, by definition, in any society. Free People want and need that institution, which has a monopoly of power and coercion, to be restrained to protecting individual freedom, not constraining individual freedom. For some Chilean economic history, read How Milton Friedman Saved Chile Newly elected Chilean PresidentSebastian Pinera vows more free markets.
Chile's presidential palace survived the quake intact. Haiti's did not.
"Chile's story is an unusual one in Latin America. Ruled by a level-headed, center-left coalition called Concertacion since the end of the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship in 1990, its leaders nevertheless pursued free-market policies.
Instead of blaming the gringos and waging class warfare in Che T-shirts, they balanced their budget and respected private property. Instead of squandering a $19 billion state windfall from soaring copper prices, they managed it. They continued Pinochet's free-market privatization of pensions without reflexively opposing its origins, and signed free trade pacts with any nation that asked.
Result: poverty cut by two thirds from 45% to 15%, and per capita income up from $1,400 in 1986 to $15,000 in 2009. This built a tax base for Concertacion to do what it valued: expand social services."

The US and the Argentina Paradigm

This is thought provoking short history of Argentina from early 20th century to now and what can happen in the US.And it is not ancient history like Weimar Germany 1933 Hyper inflation in 1989. Juan Peron, a fascist corporatist ( that is, a national socialist, pre-WW II sense) whereas under communism, the state directly owned and controlled the means of production, corporatism was a "public-private" partnership. There is not the street rioting and the war fever, simply, a slow, slow slide downward to diminished standard of living and constrained individual freedom.
Cry for Me, Argentina

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