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La fuerza es el derecho de las bestias - Force is the Right of the Beasts
(Ediciones Cicerón, Montevideo, 1958,  p 18)

Juan Perón wrote this selection after losing power in 1955.  This is at the height of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union. Where does he stand ideologically in this conflict?  What would end the conflict?  Which system is worse for justicialists, those who believe in the Perón’s doctrine of social justice?
(Commentary and translation by T.M.Edsall)


On Caplitalism and Communism

For us, the justicialists, the world today finds itself divided between capitalists and communists in conflict: we are neither one nor the other.  We aspire ideologically to stand outside of that conflict between global interests. This doesn’t imply in any way that we are in the internationalist camp, dodging the issue.

We believe that capitalism as well as communism are systems already overtaken by the times. We consider capitalism to be the exploitation of the man by capital and communism as the exploitation of the individual by the state.  Both “insectify” the individual by means of different systems. 

We believe more; we think that the abuses of capitalism are the cause and that communism is the effect. Without capitalism, communism would have no reason to exist; we equally believe that, with the extinction of the cause, there will be the beginning of the end for the effect.

 

Para nosotros los justicialistas, el mundo se divide hoy en capitalistas y comunistas en pugna: nosotros no somos ni lo uno, ni lo otro. Pretendemos ideológicamente estar fuera de ese conflicto de intereses mundiales. Ello no implica de manera alguna que seamos en el campo internacional, prescindentes del problema.

Pensamos que tanto el capitalismo como el comunismo son sistemas ya superados por el tiempo. Consideramos el capitalismo como la explotación del hombre por el capital  y al comunismo como la explotación del individuo por el estado. Ambos “insectifican” a la persona mediante sistemas distintos.

Creemos más; pensamos que los abusos del capitalismo son la causa y el comunismo el efecto. Sin capitalism el comunismo no tendría razón de ser, creemos igualmente que, desparecida la causa, se entraría en el comienzo de la desaparición del efecto.