Sunday columnists round-up
Views and opinions from yesterday’s newspapers
Página/12’s Horacio Verbitsky on new targets:
Unlike last year, this time the revision of the judicial reform will open the drafts to debate before they are sent to Congress. Last year the Centre for Legal and Social Studies (CELS) objected the previous procedure because the reform needed to be thoroughly explained to its beneficiaries before the coalition of entrenched powers was able to obstruct the draft and maintain the status quo. If together with legality it is ensured legitimacy — which only derives from social support —it will be impossible to dismiss laws passed by Congress with bureaucratic schemes.
Leopoldo Schiffrin, former secretary of the Supreme Court, wrote that the Judiciary is part of the real domination system prevailing in Argentina that, since (Juan Domingo) Perón’s downfall in 1955, became a loose alliance between the different sections of capitalism, Catholic Church top echelons, and the Armed Forces. Nowadays we could add to that group the Media apparatus, comprising powerful newspapers, radio and TV stations, academies, colleges, and private universities. This lead to a Judicial Power that was impervious to social demands, drowned in bureaucracy and subjected to influence of political and financial powers. The recovery of the State’s role based during the past few years on the defence of social interests and the quest for autonomy from the entrenched powers leads to the search of new systems for the relationship between the Judicial, those hidden powers, and the social echelons that need protection from them.
Clarín’s Eduardo van der Kooy on neverland:
Argentine’s economy keeps flourishing. It is allegedly going through its most promising cycle in the past 200 years, according to the president’s speech in Congress. Inflation is not a problem, and if it ever became one, it would be caused by greedy businessmen. Furthermore, crime rates and drug dealing are not worrisome. That was Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner’s description of the country. The president’s account was full of omissions and quite far from reality. Just a couple of days before her speech, a park was occupied by needy families. The illegal occupation reveals an objective social need but also shows signs of collective decay. Many were armed and violent, defying the Police. In addition, on Saturday a large group of people rioted in Saavedra neighbourhood after Police officers shot down a robber. As a result, dozens of cars were burnt down and several homes were damaged.
After a decade of ruling, the president has started paying attention to picketers. She recently urged the opposition in Congress to look for regulations to address the issue. The problem is not only her lateness, but also her hypocrisy. Picketing was born during the 2001’s crisis, but the Kirchnerite governments made sure to strengthen and lure it to their side. Luis D’Elía is a fine example of that. The former picketer and official of the Kirchnerite government is always present at official events right next to ministers and other important officials.
La Nación’s Joaquín Morales Solá on unifying branches:
The president recently opened the new legislative year with a speech comprised mostly of memories of bright days that will surely never come back. She compared the current economy situation with that inherited by former president Néstor Kirchner in 2003. A convenient comparison considering the devastation of 2001’s crisis. The president stated that she would not openly support Venezuela or Nicolás Maduro, but made sure not to address the fierce repression against students, the systematic persecution of independent journalists and the imprisonment of political leader Leopoldo López. Democracy is not only voting every four years, but also a way of life that Venezuela has lost completely. That is the point of view that Cristina Fernández de Kirchner completely ignores.
During her speech she expressed her joy regarding the new changes in the Magistrates Council. She had asked that institution to get rid of the bad judges and appoint good new ones right away. Both decisions, letting go and appointing judges, are carried out by commissions led by loyal members of La Cámpora. In other words, the control of the Magistrates Council rests basically on her. Those young officials do not even read a file without asking the president’s permission before.
The president never uttered the words inflation or corruption and avoided the crime issue. She completely ignored her own responsibility regarding monetary issuance and public spending, both of which spur inflation.