Argentine libertarian Milei pledges new political era after election win
By Nicolás Misculin, Lucinda Elliott and Walter Bianchi
November 20, 2023
Argentina presidential election: far-right libertarian Javier Milei wins after rival concedes
Tom Phillips and Josefina Salomón and Facundo Iglesia 19 Nov 2023
"Javier Milei, a volatile far-right libertarian who has vowed to “exterminate” inflation and take a chainsaw to the state, has been elected president of Argentina, catapulting South America’s second largest economy into an unpredictable and potentially turbulent future.
The former US president Donald Trump wrote: “The whole world was watching! I am very proud of you. You will turn your country around and truly Make Argentina Great Again.”
His victory was also celebrated by X’s owner Elon Musk, who posted: “Prosperity is ahead for Argentina”.
Brazil’s leftwing president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva – who Milei has repeatedly insulted as a corrupt “communist” – recognised Milei’s victory in a tepid social media post. “Democracy is the voice of the people and must always be respected,” Lula wrote, without mentioning Milei by name. “I wish the next government good luck and success. Argentina is a great country and deserves our complete respect,” Lula added."
The Free-Market Fundamentalism of Argentina’s Javier Milei
The President-elect, a right-wing populist with authoritarian instincts, has been compared to Donald Trump, but his radical views on the economy set him apart.
By John Cassidy November 21, 2023
"...If he was elected, he told voters, he would slash government spending, cut taxes, make a bonfire of government regulations, replace the Argentine peso with the U.S. dollar, and abolish most government agencies, including the Central Bank. “Today marks the end of decadence in Argentina,” he declared at his victory party.
... In a revealing interview with The Economist in September, Milei recalled how it was reading an article by Rothbard, who died in 1995, that turned him into an “anarcho-capitalist”—someone who believes that the economy should be organized purely based on private contracts, and that the welfare state is “the enemy.” Milei said that he was still an anarcho-capitalist, intellectually speaking, but that he also recognized some of the difficulties associated with putting this philosophy into action. So, in practical terms, he was a “minarchist”—a believer in making the state as small as possible by confining its functions to defense and law enforcement."
Argentina to focus on infrastructure to ramp up oil, gas output: incoming minister
Charles Newbery 21 November 2023
Can President-Elect Javier Milei Turbocharge Argentina’s Energy Industry?
Gaurav Sharma 21 November 2023
Argentina election: Javier Milei's radical proposals face test of reality
By Pascal Fletcher 26 November 2023
"I do not deny climate change. What I am saying is that there is a temperature cycle in the history of the Earth... Therefore, all those policies that blame humans for climate change are false," Mr Milei said during a presidential debate last month, causing much commentary and criticism.
In his proposed government programme, one of the numerous ministries he had said he planned to axe would be the existing environment ministry."
And another non-woke, non-socialist, non-climate alarmist leader in the Netherlands. Congratulations, Dutch people.
Why the Dutch election result spells trouble for Europe’s climate efforts
Geert Wilders’ Freedom Party wants to undo the green transition.
ZIA WEISE NOVEMBER 23, 2023
"The far-right party that surged to victory in Wednesday’s Dutch election wants to ditch all efforts to stop climate change.
About a quarter of Dutch voters backed Geert Wilders’ Freedom Party (PVV), whose platform includes exiting the Paris climate accord, dismantling domestic green legislation, and scrapping measures to reduce planet-warming emissions.
While right-wing politicians from Scandinavia to Italy have won big over the past year, this is the first time a party openly calling for an end to the green transition has won a national election in the European Union....
“The climate is always changing,” the PVV asserts in its election manifesto, disregarding the current rapid warming trend driven by humanity’s fossil fuel consumption. “When conditions change we adapt … by raising dikes when necessary.”
In general, the party wants to “stop the hysterical reduction of CO2,” which it considers unnecessary and a waste of money.
What does that mean in practice?
The PVV wants to rip up the Dutch Climate Act, which enshrines the country’s climate targets in law. It also wants to withdraw from the Paris Agreement.
“The Climate Act, the [global] climate accord and all other climate measures go straight into the shredder,” the party manifesto says.
The PVV wants to build more nuclear power plants, but opposes wind energy and large-scale solar parks. Its demands include keeping coal and gas power plants open and stepping up oil and gas extraction in the North Sea. A new €35 billion climate fund should be scrapped, the party says."
The humiliation of the Dutch establishment
The victory of Geert Wilders shows voters are desperate to hit back against the elites.
Fraser Myers 23rd November 2023
"... The Dutch government, under pressure from Brussels, introduced tight limits on the nitrogen emissions caused by fertilisers and cattle excrement. According to the government’s own estimates, these limits could lead to the closure of as many as 3,000 farms. This has led to years of agitation from farmers.
And it’s not just agriculture that could be flattened by climate policy. As a Politico profile of Timmermans this week notes, the much-vaunted European Green Deal could be about to set off a wave of deindustrialisation – on a scale not seen for 50 years. Politicians who think they can get away with impoverishing their citizens, while hiding behind waffle about Net Zero, are in for a very rude awakening."
Geert Wilders is just the beginning
The politics the PVV represents is not going away, and Germany could be next
STEPHEN DAVIES 23 November 2023
The Dutch revolt against Net Zero
Voters have sent Frans Timmermans, the EU’s ‘climate pope’, packing.
JAMES WOUDHUYSEN 24th November 2023