Facebook Instagram Twitter YouTube

We’ll return to the streets to fight back

Left Voice presents an early analysis by Nicolás Del Caño, former presidential candidate of the Left and the Workers’ Front, on the results of the runoff elections and Mauricio Macri’s win.

Nicolás del Caño

November 25, 2015
Facebook Twitter Share

There were more than 600 thousand blank and null votes cast on Sunday’s presidential elections, a majority of which were conscious votes against the austerity and cutbacks that will inevitably be carried out by business mogul (president-elect) Mauricio Macri. Although we expected a higher total, it is evident that the demagogic turn of Scioli in the last weeks of the political campaign influenced a significant sector of the workers. We were the only political coalition that, in the midst of the campaign, denounced the coming cutbacks that would be imposed against the interests of the workers and the people. Scioli didn’t mention this at all during the first round of the campaign. His own economists confirmed that they would eventually carry out austerity measures in order to make the workers pay for the crisis. They also promised to negotiate with the “vulture funds” and thereby drag Argentina into a new cycle of debt with an ending we already know. At the same time, Scioli announced his decision to make the repressor Berni his Security Minister and he surrounded himself with politicians like Gioja, a Barrick Gold executive.

In the last two weeks before the runoff, made desperate from his impending defeat, Scioli was forced to acknowledge many truths: the devaluation that Macri will carry out means a huge transfer of wealth from the workers and the people to the most concentrated sectors of the capitalists, big banks and major exporting companies — a new looting being carried out against the working class. But Scioli had no alternate plan, as he himself was preparing to govern in favor of the ruling classes and would not have been substantially different than Macri if he won the elections. Moreover, as I said yesterday, many years of playing into the hands of the right wing, brought about Macri’s victory.

But, as I mentioned, there were many workers who believed that Macri would wipe away all their gains and considered a vote for Scioli in the runoffs as a rejection of Macri. In reality, the idea of a “lesser evil” was a trap set for the working class.

The next months will be tough for the workers and the people. Most of the union leaders will be try to maneuver in various ways in order to avoid losing their privileges, leaving the workers on their own.

The Left and the Workers’ Front is the only nation-wide political force that has maintained from the start, in all our TV and radio appearances, that we must resist the coming austerity measures. Furthermore, we stated that we must fight for all workers to earn a salary at least equal to the cost of living; for all retirees to earn at least 82 percent of their last salary; for an end to the tax on wages and sales tax; for the prohibition of layoffs and dismissals.

In order to keep our gains and victories, it is necessary to contest the profit of the capitalists, who have made enormous fortunes in recent years. We demand progressive taxes on the biggest fortunes and the use of these resources for a national housing plan. We want a single national bank in order to stop the flight of capital, to remove national savings from the hands of the big banks and make credit available to small-scale businesses and producers. We fight for a state monopoly over foreign trade, against a system in which a few monopolies run the customs and the ports at the expense of the small-scale producers. We demand the prohibition of the environmentally destructive large-scale mines throughout the whole country.

Today, we are aware that most of the working class rejects austerity, but did not follow our call for a blank ballot or null vote. In the end, they voted for one of the two employer parties.

We will meet again in the upcoming struggles against fee hikes, layoffs and dismissals that right-wing Macri wants to apply, and against the union bureaucrats. At the same time, we will continue fighting for the need of a workers’ political instrument, the only means to overcome the logic of the “lesser evil”, and fight instead for a “greater good” for the people—a government of the workers.

*Translation: Gloria Grinberg

Facebook Twitter Share

Latin America

Indigenous demonstrators gather around burning road blockades while marching towards the capital Quito after a week of protests against the economic and social policies of President Guillermo Lasso, in Machachi, Ecuador June 20, 2022.

Ecuador’s Indigenous People Are Fighting Neoliberal Austerity in the Streets

The indigenous protests in Ecuador are bringing thousands of people to the streets to protest austerity.

Margarita Valencia

June 23, 2022

AMLO’s Dilemma and the Limits of the Pink Tide

It is essential to establish a clear definition of class character to understand AMLO’s government, taking into consideration the particular characteristics of its “progressivism” in its relationship with the mass movement and capital. Otherwise, one could lose one’s way in implementing socialist and revolutionary politics that genuinely express the historical interest of the oppressed and exploited.

Pablo Oprinari

June 21, 2022
Former rebel Gustavo Petro and his running mate Francia Marquez, celebrate before supporters after winning a runoff presidential election in Bogota, Colombia, Sunday, June 19, 2022.

Historic Defeat of the Right in Colombia’s Presidential Elections: What Are the Implications of Gustavo Petro’s Win?

The center-left candidate Gustavo Petro has defeated right-wing Rodolfo Hernández in Colombia’s presidential elections. The outcome of the election reflects the people’s hatred of the right, but Petro has little to offer the working classes of Colombia.

Milton D'León

June 20, 2022
Stretches of secondary fencing are topped with spirals of concertina wire along the U.S.-Mexico border near the San Ysidro Port of Entry in San Diego on Aug. 16, 2017.

Texas Governor Gregg Abbott Sent Miles of Razor Wire to Help Mexico Stop Immigrants from Reaching the U.S.

Republican Governor of Texas Greg Abbot sent barbed wire to Mexico to be used in Coahuila with the intention of stopping migration. This is just the latest attack in Mexico and the Untied States' coordinated war on immigrants


Over 50 Migrants Found Dead in Texas. Biden Has Blood on His Hands.

The Biden Administration has maintained virtually all of Trump’s draconian and murderous immigration policies. Dozens have died in a trailer in Texas as a result.

Robert Belano

June 29, 2022

Feminists and Socialists across the World Mobilize in Solidarity with the Fight for Abortion Rights in the U.S.

Feminist and socialist organizations in France and Argentina staged protests over the weekend in solidarity with demonstrations in the United States against the overturn of Roe v. Wade and the attacks on bodily autonomy by the Right.

Left Voice

June 29, 2022

Teachers in NYC Pay Out of Pocket for Abortion. Healthcare Must be Accessible to All

The following is a speech by a public school teacher in NYC against the overturn of Roe v. Wade and in favor of abortion rights for all.


June 28, 2022

Thousands Protest against G7 Summit in Germany

The leaders of the seven most powerful imperialist countries are meeting in the Alps. These seven men stand for environmental destruction and militarism like no one else. That’s why protests were guaranteed.

Nathaniel Flakin

June 28, 2022