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Thu Oct 15, 2015, 03:39 PM

Where do Argentina's candidates stand on the Political Compass?

According to the Political Compass test, PRO/'Let's Change' nominee Mauricio Macri is the candidate of the economic right.

Buenos Aires Herald staff writer Federico Poore, applied the test to each of the six presidential candidates based on his or her stated positions (or approximate ones where no exact stand has been taken) to determine whether each is more socially liberal or authoritarian, and to left or right economically. The test, as conducted by Poore found that the PRO/'Let's Change' candidate, Buenos Aires Mayor Mauricio Macri, proved to be the one that comes closest to the economic right.

The Political Compass test is often used in political science to sort or classify ideologies generally based on two axes. One qualifying between authoritarianism and freedom, the axis that measures social views based on personal freedoms. While the other expresses the ideological distance in terms of left and right, as pertains to economic policy.

This was the result:
_________________AUTHORITARIAN_________________
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|***********************|***********************|
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|***********************|***********************|
|
|****************Massa**|**********************|
|
|***********Rodríguez Saá|**********************|
|************Scioli*******|**********************|
|_______________________|_______________________|
|***********************|**********Macri********|
|
|***********************|***********************|
|
|***********************|***********************|
|
|********Stolbizer********|**********************|
|
|Del Caño****************|**********************|
|_____________________LIBERAL___________________|
LEFT***************************************RIGHT

At: http://www.politicargentina.com/notas/201510/8969-segun-test-macri-es-el-candidato-de-la-derecha-economica.html
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It should be noted that Macri has deliberately moderated his campaign rhetoric on a number of issues, and this most likely skewed Poore's results.

In practice, however, his advisers are in favor of everything from ending most export taxes, sharply devaluing the peso (sudden drops in the peso automatically benefit the wealthy, while wrecking the rest of the economy), deregulating finance (Argentina collapsed twice, in '81 and '01, on account of that already), ending most welfare benefits, privatizing social security (while kicking millions of seniors out), privatizing all renationalized firms (the ones that had been run into the ground by profiteers in the late '90s), caving to vulture fund demands for a 1600% payout (Paul Singer is a leading campaign contributor to Macri's PRO), and while they're at it pardoning all 1,000-odd Dirty War criminals convicted or currently on trial.

The "social liberal" rating is equally dubious: Macri is staunchly pro-life and anti-gay rights; has a history of using the Metropolitan Police to wiretap opponents and violently quash protests (even of disabled people); and as mayor has starved public schools, cultural centers, and hospitals of funds while doting on private and religious - particularly Opus Dei-owned - institutions.

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forest444 Oct 2015 OP
enid602 Oct 2015 #1
forest444 Oct 2015 #2
Judi Lynn Oct 2015 #3
forest444 Oct 2015 #4
Peace Patriot Oct 2015 #5
forest444 Oct 2015 #6

Response to forest444 (Original post)

Thu Oct 15, 2015, 04:48 PM

1. Scioli

Scioli is historically a true progressive, but has gotten the Peronista seal of approval only because he's running with Zannini as his VP. Zannini is considered to be corrupt, and is seen as a placeholder for when Cristina can legally run again in 2019.

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Response to enid602 (Reply #1)

Thu Oct 15, 2015, 06:02 PM

2. Yes and maybe.

The Kirchnerist left (represented mainly by the FpV's youth chapter, La Cámpora) may mumble and grumble about Scioli, who represents the Kirchnerist "right" (similar to labor Democrats here in the U.S. - and well to the left of, say, Hillary). But once Scioli was nominated, they and their preferred candidate, Interior Minister Florencio Randazzo, put aside their misgivings pretty quickly for the most part - a decision born more out of pragmatism than out of having Zannini on the ticket or not.

The belief that Cristina Kirchner is planning to run again in 2019 - and that "Zannini is corrupt" - is an article of faith among opposition circles, particularly those on the right. But the first part is predicated on having someone in the opposition win (which unlikely to happen, given the polls currently), and the second has certainly not become the issue Macri et. al. were hoping it would be, for two reasons: one, because accusations (extremely easy to make in Argentina due to the legal power of "denouncement", which requires no proof) haven't yielded even one indictment against him, despite being investigated by far-right judges; and two, because Macri is contending with a number of very serious "denouncements" of his own - with proof.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/110843508

http://www.democraticunderground.com/110844068

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Response to forest444 (Original post)

Thu Oct 15, 2015, 06:45 PM

3. Paul Singer is a heavy supporter, and Macri would pardon the fascist Dirty War murderers, torturers.

Appallingly evil guy. Beyond comprehension. How does he dare show his creepy, gnarly face in public?

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Pardoning even one Dirty War criminal would be wrong. What they did will NEVER be O.K. with anyone other than monsters.

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Response to forest444 (Original post)

Sat Oct 17, 2015, 05:17 AM

5. Thanks for the OP, and for all the info in this thread!

I appreciate it very much!

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Response to Peace Patriot (Reply #5)

Sat Oct 17, 2015, 02:29 PM

6. My pleasure.

And sorry about the messy X-Y chart; it was as approximate to the chart in the article as I - and the DU software - could make it.

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