Javier Milei: More than a libertarian, a leader with an impetus for change

In his first month as president of Argentina, Javier Milei has demonstrated an unprecedented momentum for change. On the premise that “there is no alternative to shock,” Milei has pushed for economic and political reforms that seek to transform the country as a whole.

However, some pundits raise questions about whether Milei truly fits into the libertarian philosophical mainstream or whether his leadership more closely resembles other anti-establishment leaders in Latin America.

A push towards a market economy

In economic terms, Milei’s government has made a major push toward a market economy. With a decree containing more than 300 measures, Milei seeks to deregulate the economy and open the domestic market to competition.

In addition, he proposes the possibility of privatizing state-owned enterprises as a way to expand economic freedom for Argentines. These measures represent the biggest push towards a market economy that Argentina has experienced since the government of Carlos Menem in the 1990s.

However, the implementation of these reforms has not been easy. Milei’s mega-decree has repealed or modified dozens of laws passed by Congress, which has generated resistance from the institutions.

The courts have suspended the labor reform contained in the decree, which shows that institutions in Argentina are willing to resist the changes proposed by the government. This resistance raises questions about the viability and the way in which Milei will carry out his reformist agenda.

Dilemma of a neophyte president

Javier Milei is considered a neophyte in politics, with little experience in executive positions. Despite this, he managed to quickly become a presidential candidate and obtain a majority of votes on the ballot. However, this does not mean that all Argentines fully agree with his reformist agenda.

Milei must remember that he is the president of all Argentines and must govern according to the rules of the democratic system.

The challenge for Milei will be to deliver on his promises of change and reform without imposing his agenda in a sectarian manner. Although he has the enthusiastic support of a part of the population, he must remember that this will not necessarily be the entirety of his base throughout his term.

Maintaining a balance between satisfying the demands of his base and governing for all Argentines will be critical to the success of his presidency.

A fast-moving government

One of the aspects that has drawn attention to Milei’s governing style is his drive for change. Some experts consider Milei to be more like a big shot than a libertarian leader.

His approach of changing everything quickly and forcefully, using decrees and the force of his leadership, raises questions about whether he really fits into the libertarian philosophical stream. Libertarianism is based on defending individual rights and limiting the power of the state, while Milei seems to be using a more authoritarian approach.

This fast-forward approach may generate resistance and obstacles along the way. While it is too early to draw definitive conclusions about the direction of his presidency, it is important to keep in mind that all governments need time to figure out how they should function and adapt to the realities of the country.

Challenges of the economy and political resilience

One of the biggest challenges facing Milei is the economic and social crisis Argentina is going through. With high levels of poverty and inflation, it is clear that reforms are required to overcome this situation.

However, the way Milei has approached his reforms, seeking to eliminate and deregulate everything, raises questions as to whether this is the right solution.

Experience in Latin America has shown that getting out of a crisis does not always require doing everything at once. It is possible to prioritize and implement changes in a more gradual and planned manner.

Some reforms may require detailed and creative changes rather than simply repealing existing laws. It is important to strike a balance between pushing through needed reforms and ensuring the stability of the country.

In addition to economic challenges, Milei also faces political resistance. The recent CGT claim and the suspension of the labor reform by the judiciary show that the system of checks and balances in Argentina’s democracy is at work.

Milei does not have majorities in Congress and must negotiate and work within the established rules to achieve his objectives.