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Javier Milei v. the Socialism Pandemic

In Argentina, a song has been written about Javier Milei, the libertarian: Javier Milei, el último punk (“Javier Milei, the last punk”). In Spain, Centinela magazine gives away breakfast mugs with the message “Being conservative is the new punk.” And in general, the atmosphere has become so stifling that the biggest sign that you are a rebel, that you don’t care about anything, and that you are decidedly countercultural is a trip to Mass on a Sunday morning. This has its advantages because it is not a crime. It wasn’t so long ago that to be a punk you had to bust ATMs, get high with acid, and howl at little old ladies in the street. And then, if in addition to being a punk you had some kind of mental defect, you could go a step further and become a journalist. Today it’s enough to sing “Hallelujah” in a church choir.

Socialism is already hegemonic, on the left and on the right. This is plain to see in Europe and Latin America. There is nothing more socialist than a Belgian center-right politician; Chile, which was all prosperity, has just surrendered to communism; and in Europe most of the theoretically conservative parties are in favor of pandemic restrictions.

There is hope. In Argentina, Javier Milei excites young people by shouting at rallies that his country is “infected by socialism.” A few days ago, on television, one of those moderate commentators of the cowardly right wing reproached his use of that expression: “I could agree with you on many things, but if you talk about infection you are disrespecting people, and that makes me sympathize with the socialists more than with you” (the diatribe was longer and more boring, but I have summarized it). To which Milei replied in his terse style, “Me importa un carajo,” which in English could be translated as “I don’t give a damn.” Sometimes the only answer you can give to all of those on the right who live on their knees so as not to offend the Left is precisely that: that you don’t give a damn about their opinions.

In the Argentine case, what scares Lady Botox Fernández de Kirchner, and her blow-up doll Alberto Fernández, is the growing number of young people who are being drawn daily towards Javier Milei’s uncomplicated discourse, while in the socialist rallies you only see octogenarians, pensioners, subsidized people of all kinds, and civil servants.

If you think about it, this phenomenon, which is also being glimpsed in several European countries and of course in the United States, is the logical response to the failed recipe of socialism. All the Left wants is more state and less individual. And all the Left proposes to disguise the fact that this is sinking the economy is more public spending and taxes. The former pleases select groups of privileged people and encourages laziness, while the latter plunders the middle classes who put their necks on the line to run a business and punishes those who have been more successful, which is not the best incentive if you want to improve productivity.

Socialism neither works, nor is it willing to downsize its party, the one we all pay for, so its only way out is more often than not to burden the next generations with more debt and impoverish the economy in a way that especially drains the young. It is true that youth, the age of stupidity and idealism, is the typical time when someone can identify with the sentimental speeches of Kamala Harris and the demagoguery of BLM. But the truth is, when the economic management of your country condemns you to live much worse than your parents, even the most idealistic young person revolts against the system. And the system is socialism. It has never worked, but, for some strange reason, chauvinistic charlatans like Joe Biden and feminist malcontents like Harris continue to believe that it is a good idea to infantilize society and convince it that there must be a huge state that provides everything you need, gives you total security, never leaves anyone behind, and gives you a little kiss goodnight in bed before you go to sleep.

And this is not the case. From Argentina to Spain, from Venezuela to the Central European social-democratic-woke-ecological-stupid system, there is not a single case in which socialism has worked and has left a better country than the one it found when it arrived. Now that guys like Javier Milei are daring to call a spade a spade, to say that taxes are theft, and to tell politicians who want to redistribute wealth to practice charity with their own damn money, young people are realizing that nothing is more damaging to them than socialism, a system that privileges the non-productive few at the expense of the rest who are forced to donate most of what they earn from working. (READ MORE from Itxu Díaz: The Inevitable Pendulum of Stupidity)

As long as conservatives dare to be clear as Javier Milei is, young people will feel the same aversion to socialism that I feel every time it is time to pay my damn taxes and I read in the newspaper that they are going to dedicate my money to fight against climate change, to promote equality campaigns in schools, and to finance sex changes of gentlemen becoming ladies, also known as having your balls lopped off, which incidentally is the same thing they will do to me if I decide to stop paying tribute to the state Caesar.

Socialism is ruin and misery. It doesn’t matter when you read this.

Itxu Díaz
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Itxu Díaz is a Spanish journalist, political satirist, and author. He has written 10 books on topics as diverse as politics, music, and smart appliances. He is a contributor to The Daily Beast, The Daily Caller, National Review, American Conservative, and Diario Las Américas in the United States, as well as a columnist at several Spanish magazines and newspapers. He was also an adviser to the Ministry for Education, Culture, and Sports in Spain.
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