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Hypothesis of the Three Generations in the River Plate

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Argentina and Uruguay are really young countries, that explains a lot

Many philosophers better than me have pondered over the tenacious hold that barbarism has on the Latinochés -the inhabitants of Buenos Aires and Montevideo specially, cities that seem to have all the benefits of modernity but mixed with barbarism of another age.

In Montevideo there are very many people who kill and die for a bottle of beer, the crimes over triffling matters are constant, the dead in car accidents something unbelievable. All that under the indifferent or evil eye of rulers who are really barbaric satraps, indifferent to anything but their own personal interest.

I have explained before what V S Naipul wrote in Kamikaze in Montevideo.

In Argentina philosophers like José Ingenieros [1877 – 1925] have tried to explain the course of Argentinian culture in for example,

Sus ensayos acerca de la sociedad de su época ayudaron a abrir el diálogo sobre un sinnúmero de aspectos morales y éticos de la Argentina de principios del siglo XX

Ingenieros’s essays about the society of his time opened a dialogue over a great number of ethical and moral aspects of Argentina at the beginning of the 20th century.

Las direcciones filosóficas de la cultura argentina

  • Evolución de las ideas argentinas, 1918

Hypothesis of the Three Generations

If we take a generation in the Biblical sense, that is, seventy years it is amazing to think that Argentina and Uruguay are about three generations old.

Both countries, as independent states, appeared between 1810 and 1825 , that is about three generations ago, 210 years ago, give or take.

1ª The generation of Barbarism.

The latinochés got their independence from Spain by revolution, war and crime, and from the mediocre but safe state of life they had before, fell afterwards into a century of barbarism, crimes (la Mazorca), backwardness, poverty and despotism.

In July 1832 Darwin visited Maldonado, in Uruguay:

The scenery is very uninteresting; there is scarcely a house, an enclosed piece of ground, or even a tree, to give it an air of cheerfulness.

On the first night we slept at a retired little country-house; and
there I soon found out that I possessed two or three articles,
especially a pocket compass, which created unbounded astonishment.
In every house I was asked to show the compass, and by its aid,
together with a map, to point out the direction of various places.
It excited the liveliest admiration that I, a perfect stranger,
should know the road (for direction and road are synonymous in this
open country) to places where I had never been. At one house a
young woman who was ill in bed, sent to entreat me to come and show
her the compass. If their surprise was great, mine was greater, to
find such ignorance among people who possessed their thousands of
cattle, and “estancias” of great extent.

  • They could offer him neither bread, nor wine, because they had none, and ate only meat and pumpkins.

Later, in Bahía Blanca, Argentina, August

Indian wars and massacres.

(an officer of Rosas) “I however struck him with my sabre to the ground, and then got off my horse, and cut his throat with my knife.”

This is a dark picture; but how much more shocking is the unquestionable fact, that all the women who appear above twenty years old are massacred in cold blood? When I exclaimed that this appeared rather inhuman, he answered, “Why, what can be done? they breed so!”

Similarly and long afterwards, in Uruguay the savage population killed each other under the flags of two political parties, the Blancos and the Colorados -conservatives and liberals although this explanation is misleading.

The First generation, the generation of Barbarism, would run between 1810 to 1880.

And it is interesting that towards the end of that period, Argentina specially starts to develop something extraordinary, Uruguay having less resources but perhaps enough for their needs, also.

Good roads, real ports with docks, the railroads, education for the masses and soon electricity.

2ª The generation of Progress.

1880 + 70 = 1950

From 1880 to around 1950, that is 70 years in our reckoning, the Latinochés would reach the pinnacle of their success.

  • After the Second World War there were only four countries with jet planes of their own design and construction: Argentina, USA, Russia and Britain.
  • Uruguay would win in 1950 the world football championship, after winning in 1930 in the Olympics.
  • Argentina would start the construction of the first Atomic Power Station in Latinamerica, with Canadian technology, Candu.
  • The production of Oil from ► Comodoro Rivadavia would power the prosperity and modernity of Argentina -not the exports of beef and wool and wheat, as it is commonly believed.

Comodoro Rivadavia is a commercial and transportation center for the surrounding region, the largest city of Chubut, and an important export point for a leading Argentine petroleum district. A 1,770 km pipeline conveys natural gas from Comodoro Rivadavia to Buenos Aires.

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3ª The generation that went back to barbarism.

1950 + 70 = 2020

This has been the generation that destroyed their countries, totally gratuitous civil wars with one side trying to impose a communist dictatorship and the other crushing them pitilessly and without due process of law.

Historia de la Argentina

19631983

Violencia y represión

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two gangs of lunatic extremists [ energúmenos ] who managed to destroy their countries, impoverish their people and destroy much of what had been laboriously built.

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CONCLUSION

As you can see from my calculations [ 1950 + 70 = 2020 ] the generation of the New Latinoché Barbarians has not yet run its course.

In Uruguay people like Mujica, Tabaré, Topolansky, most ministers and most MPs are very old people, over 70 years old, an age when in Europe they are sent to pasture.

No hope for Uruguay, then.

In Argentina a new generation seems to be taking hold of the country, they will do well to forget the crimes of the 3rd generation and find their way forward, find solutions to the big problems of the 21st Century: Climatic Change, the End of Oil, Overpopulation, Financial Meltdown.

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Coda

A comparison to put some perspective, between Spain and the River Plate countries and peoples.

patio-de-los-arrayanes-Alhambra ~1238

By no means the oldest monumental building in Spain, the Alhambra was built around 1238.

2017 – 1238 = 779 years

779 / 70 = 11.13

That’s more than eleven generations ago.

Most monuments in Buenos Aires and Montevideo were built one generation ago, or less.

QED

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