Andrés Hatum presented the book “Imperfectos. 2003-2023: a history of leadership and disillusionment”, which he wrote together with Mendoza historian Luciana Sabina. The analysis of the profiles of Sergio Massa and Javier Milei, the presidential candidates in the runoff defined today.
“These last 20 years, from 2003 to 2023, have been characterized by the rise of populism. During this period, four presidents performed their duties incompletely, and now we are experiencing the effects of this situation. The appearance of numbers like Javier Miley it is no accident; represents a return, in a different way, to the discontent that led people to publish “everyone leaves” in 2001. This feeling of dissatisfaction is a manifestation of the cumulative effect of 20 years of imperfection in the political system,” said Andrés Hatum, in an interview with Forbes Argentina in the run-up to the August elections .
“In Milei’s case, it’s like that open Pandora’s box: We don’t know what may arise from this, what may be negative. He is a man who positions himself as a product of social fatigue, sending a clear message from society, even if his methods of killing have not yet been defined. Although we don’t know how to do it, introduces ideas that are considered taboo in society, putting topics on the agenda like never before. This has a major impact on all parties. But this is a Pandora’s box. Milei is once again transparent and brutal in the way she says things and the poor vote for her and the rich vote for her. He is Milei, along with the pros and cons with that, now it works for you, but later you depend on Milei, so it is different from having a party structure, from having representatives, from many things. Milei is the cry of despair in a society fed up with poverty for all, because for all it is a social decline in every sense, for some it is hunger, for others it is a fall.
“Sergio Massa He is a very skilled man, but his personality is very malleable. So they talk about pancakes in Massa: It is completely versatile and malleable on demand to be located where it belongs. If you look at Massa’s political career, he has been everywhere. But who is Massa really? You will know the day he is in power and with his decisions, which may be how he stands from an economic point of view. Now he can’t make deep decisions because he doesn’t have time, so we’ll see what happens there. And you can see if, if you assume a certain point, you can maintain the relationship. with his current political colleagues or want to erase Kirchnerism completely. “Massa is another Pandora’s box.”