Politics is not made up of power relationships; it is
made up of relationships between worlds.—Jacques Rancière
It is the middle class that proposes the framework and
values that predominate within a particular society.—Wilhelm Reich
Conclusions
Disapproving and critical judgments tend to fall on the Argentine middle
classes. There is a tendency, which originated in the 1950s but which is still
prevalent today, to judge them by comparing them to what they ought ideally
to be. They should have been less fervently anti- Peronist in the 1950s, mas-
sively revolutionary in the 1960s and 1970s, decidedly opposed to the military
dictatorship in 1976, less indulgent with Alfonsín’s concessions to military
and economic powers in the 1980s, anti- Menem in the 1990s, and once again
more revolutionary, although differently, during the economic and political
crisis of 2001. Paradoxically, then, at the same time that they labeled cepal’s
(Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe) diagnosis that the
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