Lessons for American Conservatives: Insights from Argentina’s Maverick Economist, Javier Milei

Argentina’s president-elect, Javier Milei, ran a campaign promising to cut government programs, reduce taxes and privatize state-owned businesses. His ability to implement these reforms, as well as his promise to fix the country’s monetary system and reduce inflation, will depend on legislative support and his willingness to follow through on these pledges. Milei won over 56 percent of the vote and attracted support from young and working-class voters, often referred to as a surprise victory. His platform includes lowering taxes, privatizing industries, cutting federal spending, and advocating for libertarian views. Although Milei has been compared to right-wing populists like Donald Trump, his political agenda is distinctly libertarian and less aligned with the “New Right”. The election outcome suggests that it is possible to run a campaign based on reducing the size and role of government, which could serve as an inspiration for pro-freedom politicians.