Comparative Politics Essay

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Economically speaking, Argentina was at the verge of collapse despite its initial strong stability seen at the beginning of Videla’s regime. Argentina adapted a neo-liberal economic system; in addition their initial policies of liberating trade and eliminating price controls were just some policies that would create huge economic problems for Argentina at the time. In order to make up for liberating domestic trade and eliminating price controls control had to be implemented to ensure that the regime had full control of the economic situation which was at stake as a result of the adoption of these polices. Wages in Argentina were lowered which resulted in “real wage well below historical ...view middle of the document...

Billions of dollars in loans were poured into the country and went straight into the pockets of top government officials.” (La Verdad). Not only were these corrupt government officials being aided by the policies that Videla left behind but they were also severely affecting the country’s economic system to the point of the people rising up in rebellion. “The workers, the poor and even a large sector of the middle class rose in rebellion against the neoliberal policies they suffered under” (La Verdad). These policies were clearly not benefiting the people through the country’s misuse of the loans they were provided with to stabilize their economy in addition to the cuts in services that the government was supposed to provided there people with. The country’s economic situation escaladed to a point where the country went t bankrupt several times, “the country was bankrupt” (la Verdad).
Videla’s regime also had an impact on the social aspects of Argentina. It was under his military regime that the dirty war started, a war in which “Videla imposed incredible levels of state violence on Argentina looking to contain the mass struggle and guerrilla movements growing at the time”(La Verdad). Although this was said to be the motive for the initiation of the dirty war, one could say that this was just a cover up which hid their true intentions to eliminate all of those who opposed the regime. Groups like the ““AAA” (Argentinean Anticommunist Alliance) used indiscriminate terror to destroy revolutionary organizations and civil-domestic opposition groups” (La Verdad). The war waged on Brittan for the Falkland Islands was just one of the effects that the uprising of the Argentinian people had. Keeping in mind that this war forced poor and working class people to fight in the frontlines as well as the millions of causalities that Argentina suffered as a result, it was in fact the defeat of Argentina as well as the uprising of Argentina’s civilians that lead to the end of Videla’s regime. However, “In reality, the move to civilian rule was another move to confuse…keep revolutionary movements from growing. The neo-colonial economic policies of the military dictatorship continued uninterrupted” (La Verdad).
Even after the regime was over the people in Argentina were still struggling with the repercussions that Videla’s regime had on the country. As a result of maintaining most of the neo-liberal policies Videla enacted policies support for the population including governmental services were cut. The poor and working class, without these services, were living in harsh conditions. As a result,...

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