Authoritarian Argentina: The Nationalist Movement, Its by David Rock

By David Rock

David Rock has written the 1st complete examine of nationalism in Argentina, a fundamentalist stream pledged to violence and a dictatorship that got here to a head with the infamous "disappearances" of the Nineteen Seventies. This radical, correct wing flow has had a profound effect on twentieth-century Argentina, leaving its mark on just about all elements of Argentine life—art and literature, journalism, schooling, the church, and naturally, politics.

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Jewish-owned businesses, Nationalists often claimed, formed part of an international conspiracy to subjugate the country to the imperialists. In 1933, Nationalists invoked this idea as they launched an abusive campaign against Sir Arthur Samuel, a British government minister of Jewish family who had tactlessly suggested that Argentina join the British empire. 131 In this period, it was common to link economic nationalism, directed mostly against the British, with antagonisms against the Jews. In 1935, a Nationalist journalist complained about the criticisms of the German Nazis that appeared in the Buenos Aires Herald, a local Englishlanguage newspaper.

131 In this period, it was common to link economic nationalism, directed mostly against the British, with antagonisms against the Jews. In 1935, a Nationalist journalist complained about the criticisms of the German Nazis that appeared in the Buenos Aires Herald, a local Englishlanguage newspaper. 133 Throughout, propaganda against the British bore the heavy taint of the techniques of anti-Semitism. "We have before us," wrote Raúl Scalabrini Ortiz, in a reference to the British in Argentina, an enemy whose techniques of world domination have the following features: astuteness, cunning, indirect maneuvers, ill-faith, constant lies, the subtle manipulation of its local agents.

Html06-06-2010 16:00:21 page_17 < previous page page_17 next page > Page 17 Le Bon saw popular democracy as mass irrationalism in action and combined his mistrust of reason with Taine's notion of "the mental constitution of a people" formed by its history. The life of a people, its institutions, its beliefs and its arts [represent] the visible thread of its invisible soul. [Each people is] an organism created by the past. . Infinitely more numerous than the living, the dead are infinitely more powerful than they.

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