Is it possible to have an atmosphere where most of the population of a country is totally unsatisfied with their government and hopeless about the future even when we are near to elections? Let’s hear Argentineans explain.
“More voices. More democracy” is the slogan used by this 11 year old government for the 2015 elections. Cristina Kirchner is not able to stand for president again.
Today’s Argentina is very different to what it was in 2003 before Nestor Kirchner assumed office. Our economy went from being in the biggest crisis of the country’s history in 2001 with the “Corralito” – the informal name for emergency measures aimed at preventing a bank run – and the one-peso-one-dollar convertibility law to a constant increasing economy as the graphic shows until 2010 and now “inflation” is a daily word.
The situation nowadays cannot be better explained than the words of Nobel Prize winner and economist Paul Krugman: “I am concerned about Argentina, because they recovered well from the economic crisis with orthodox measures, but actually things never normalized, and that’s a political problem, plus they have outstanding issues to be considered, as the vulture funds.”
But people do not want to hear numbers and statistics anymore. Argentina’s people want to tell you, my dear reader, how it feels to live in a country where uncertain looks are everywhere, where basic values have been lost, where people prefer to get more subsidies, rather than working, where we can’t believe in the information given by the government, and where every day, the peso devalues even more.
Letting people express themselves freely and anonymously through an online poll was the best way I found to investigate how they feel. Here are some of the final results:
- 57% of the people think the education system is “very bad”;
- 71% rated the security as the lowest option available on the poll, with the same thing occurring with “True official information” and “Compliance and rationality of judgments”;
- Corruption and poor education were the most recurrent responses when asked the biggest problem in the country;
- Here is an answer that captures a general idea of what’s happening:
1) While some social programs can promote education, health, it is necessary to promote work and effort in a society.
2) The social and economic classes determines most of its educated population and opportunities received, so the system does not provide equal opportunities. 3) The middle class is the one that, in the end, ends up holding the social plans. This causes a deterioration in the class and begins to spread a feeling of hatred toward the classes that receive those plans.
4) The personalization of power is another problem in our country. Social plans and help should be delivered on behalf of the state, instead they are delivered on behalf of the person who is on duty exercising political office.
5) We should work more on education which is the first link in the circle of problems in the country. The creation of an economy that is not merely exporting agriculture is also necessary, and we also must ensure that the social and economic classes does not determine the fate of anyone.
The biggest finding I had was in the question: “Highlight those qualities or capabilities that you consider that Argentina has acquired in recent years”. Expecting the worst, thinking that I would only see desperate phrases I found myself reading this:
It seems that, after all, Argentineans are able to see many good things that had happened in the past years. Maybe we are still able to project our future and believe that progress can come. We are a young nation, hungry for equality, government transparency, changes and values; but with potential and resources.