Argentina’s newly elected libertarian president, Javier Milei, has publicly berated the growing influence of Western ‘Neo-Marxists’ at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum.
Addressing the conference, the populist politician heaped praise on business leaders throughout the world, saying that their continuation of the tradition of free enterprise is what makes the world wealthy.
By contrast, Milei warned that the growing desire to control the free market through ideologies like Marxism or neoclassical economic theory was putting the prosperity of the free world at risk.
“I’m here to tell you that the Western world is in danger,” he told the conference.
“And it is in danger because those who are supposed to have to defend the values of the West are coopted by a vision of the world that inexorably leads to socialism and thereby to poverty.”
He warned that recent decades had seen the growth of a “privileged caste” in Western society that had become hell-bent on destroying the free markets that had made them wealthy in the first place.
These groups, he argued, fall under the banner of “Socialist” — whether they like to admit it or not — and have infiltrated governments and international bodies to push their agenda, which includes abortion, militant environmentalism and radical feminism.
“Unfortunately these harmful ideas have taken a strong hold in our society,” he warned.
“Neo-Marxists have managed to co-opt the common sense of the Western world and this they have achieved by appropriating the media, culture, universities, and also International organisations.”
“If you hinder trade, if you attack private property, the only possible fate is poverty.”
The November 19 victory of flamboyant outsider Javier Milei in Argentina’s presidential elections will cheer Europe’s right-wing parties and pull Argentina away from China’s influence, it is claimed. https://t.co/zfc1oenFvB
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Milei went on to reassure the crowd that resistance to this new “Socialism” was now growing, and that there were “more and more” people internationally who wished to fight back in favour of the free market.
“We see that if we don’t truly and decisively fight against these ideas the only possible fate is for us to have increasing levels of State regulation, socialism, poverty, and less freedom,” the president said.
He then showered praise onto those involved in the private sector attending the event, saying that it was their hard work that was the ultimate driver of prosperity worldwide.
“I would like to leave a message for all business people here and for those who are not here in person but are following from around the world: Do not be intimidated either by the political cast or by parasites who live off the state,” Milei said.
“Do not surrender to the political class that only wants to stay in power and retain its privileges.”
“You are social benefactors. You are heroes. You are the creators of the most extraordinary period of prosperity we’ve ever seen.”
“Let no one tell you that your ambition is immoral,” the libertarian concluded. “If you make money it’s because you offer a better product at a better price thereby contributing to general wellbeing. Do not surrender to the advance of the state.”
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