Argentina President Javier Milei Promotes Freedom at Davos 2024 (Full Speech)

Yesterday, Milei said he wanted “to plant the ideas of freedom in a forum that is contaminated by the 2030 socialist agenda.”

Today (1/17/24), introduced by no one other than Klaus Schwab, Milei did just that and more. First, he warned a room of collectivists about the problems with collectivism:

“The main leaders of the Western world have abandoned the model of freedom for different versions of what we call collectivism. We’re here to tell you that collectivist experiments are never the solution to the problems that afflict the citizens of the world. Rather, they are the root cause.”

Radical feminism and population control mechanisms were not spared either. Milei quickly denounced both matters:

“All that this radical feminism agenda has led to is greater state intervention to hinder the economic process, giving a job to bureaucrats who have not contributed anything to society. Examples: ministries of work of women or international organizations devoted to promoting this agenda. Another conflict presented by socialists is that of humans against nature, claiming that we human beings damage the planet, which should be protected at all costs, even going as far as advocating for population control mechanisms or the bloody abortion agenda.”

Milei also did the unthinkable. He criticized the most fundamental control mechanism of all: taxes.

“It [social justice] is unjust because the state is financed through tax. And taxes are collected coercively. Or can any one of us say that they voluntarily pay taxes? Which means that the state is financed through coercion, and that the higher the tax burden, the higher the coercion and the lower the freedom.”

Milei stated, “We are now at the best time in the history of humanity,” attributing this achievement to free market capitalism. He questioned the growing inclination towards socialism, which he criticized for having “murdered over 100 million human beings.”

“It should never be forgotten that socialism is always and everywhere an impoverishing phenomenon that has failed in all countries where it’s been tried out. It’s been a failure economically, socially, culturally, and it also murdered over 100 million human beings.”

Milei strongly denounced intrusive state interventions with respect to the free market. He argued that market failures do not exist without the presence of coercive forces.

“There are no market failures if transactions are voluntary. The only context in which there can be a market failure is if there is coercion. And the only one that is able to coerce, generally, is the state, which holds a monopoly on violence.

“Consequently, if someone considers that there is a market failure, I would suggest that they check to see if state intervention is involved. And if they find that that’s not the case, I would suggest that they check again because, obviously, there’s a mistake. Market failures do not exist.”

In his final remarks, Milei imparted a powerful message to the business community, urging them not to be intimidated by the power wielded by the state:

“Do not be intimidated, intimidated either by the political caste or by parasites who live off the state. Do not surrender to a political class that only wants to stay in power and retain its privileges.

“You are social benefactors, you’re heroes, you’re the creators of the most extraordinary period of prosperity we’ve ever seen. Let no one tell you that your ambition is immoral. If you make money, it’s because you offer a better product at a better price, thereby contributing to general well-being.

“Do not surrender to the advance of the state. The state is not the solution. The state is the problem itself. You are the true protagonists of this story. And rest assured that as of today, Argentina is your staunch, unconditional ally. Thank you very much. And long live freedom, damn it!

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