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The New Populism in Latin America and Beyond

Tue, February 27th, 2024
4:00 pm
- 5:30 pm

In November 2023, after months of inflation rates above 100%, Argentina elected as president the radical libertarian economist Javier Milei, a far-right populist often compared to Donald Trump and Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro. Milei was elected on promises of drastic changes to Argentina’s economy. As reported in The Guardian on December 21, 2023, the steps Milei has taken since his inauguration, “paved the way for the privatization of state-owned companies, stripped away workers’ rights including maternity leave, ended limits on exports, and altered housing rental and land ownership laws to allow for foreign investment.” Milei’s actions have sparked massive protests and calls for a general strike.

Federico Finchelstein, Professor of History at the New School and an internationally-recognized expert on fascism, populism, and dictatorship, will deliver a lecture explaining the historical context of Milei’s rise and its significance for Argentina, South America, and the world.

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