Around 1979, a smash musical, Evita, depicted the story of Argentina’s Juan and Eva Perón. They were an early version of the “Co-Presidents” scheme later adopted by Bill and Hillary Clinton in the 1990s. Many sentimentalities are associated with the Evita musical. But the Peróns in fact embodied a form of right-wing socialism, compared by some to Italian fascism. In this video I imagine a new musical, “Hillary (Hilaria)”, based on the tragic story of Hillary Clinton.
Thus reads the description for my latest video, “‘Evita’ Clinton”, published to YouTube on August 31, 2016. The clip, which clocks in at 5 minutes and 57 seconds, can hopefully be viewed at the top of today’s blog entry.
“Don’t cry for me, Argentina,” sings the Eva Perón character in the musical Evita. (SCTV later satirized the musical with its own imagining, “Indira,” where Indian Prime Minister Indira Ghandi is a politician who wishes to become a singer.) Then came, in the 1990s, the “Co-presidents”, Bill and Hillary Clinton, modeled on the Argentine “Co-presidents” Juan and Eva Perón.
But wiping the soap suds from our eyes, we might well ask, What sort of “Co-presidents” were Juan and Eva Perón?
“Peronism” is the name given to their system of government. Peronism rejects both communism and capitalism and favors instead corporatism. “The corporatist character of Peronism drew attacks from socialists who accused his [Perón’s] administration of preserving capitalist exploitation and class division. Conservatives rejected its modernist ideology and felt their status threatened by the ascent of the Peronist apparat. Liberals condemned the Perón regime’s arbitrariness and dictatorial tendencies.” 
Perón and his administration resorted to organized violence and dictatorial rule. Perón maintained the institutions of democratic rule, but subverted freedoms through such actions as nationalizing the broadcasting system, centralizing the unions under his control, and monopolizing the supply of newspaper print. 
Perón’s admiration for Benito Mussolini is well documented. Many scholars categorize Peronism as a fascist ideology. Some go so far as to say that Peronism was just “an Argentine implementation of Italian fascism”. 
Possibly apropos of Hillary “Evita” Clinton, Peronism is widely regarded as a form of corporate socialism, or “right-wing socialism”. 
“History doesn’t repeat itself but it often rhymes,” Mark Twain is often reputed to have said. Is the corporate socialism (right-wing socialism) of Peronism returning with a new Hillary mask? Then cry for us, Argentina.
And who is the real “fascist”, Donald Trump, OR HILLARY CLINTON?
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 “Peronism”, Wikipedia, September 1, 2016.