Javier Milei, Argentina’s president-elect, is a figure who has captivated the nation with his unconventional persona and radical economic ideas. Known to his fans as “the crazy” and “the wig” due to his intense demeanor and distinctive hair, Milei’s rise to power marks a significant shift in Argentina’s political landscape.
Born to a passenger transport businessman and a homemaker, Milei’s childhood was reportedly marked by a strained relationship with his father. He dabbled in music as part of a Rolling Stones tribute band and pursued soccer before shifting his focus to economics during Argentina’s hyperinflation era in the late 1980s.
Milei’s libertarian views, often described as “anarcho-capitalist,” propose sweeping economic reforms for Argentina. Key among these is his plan to replace the Argentine peso with the U.S. dollar to tackle the country’s soaring inflation. He advocates for drastically reduced government intervention, including abolishing half of the government ministries and eradicating the Central Bank.
A culture warrior, Milei challenges contemporary societal norms. He opposes feminist policies and abortion and has suggested a plebiscite to repeal Argentina’s recent legalization of abortion. He also denies human-induced climate change and has been vocally critical of Pope Francis’s social justice stance.
Milei’s personal life is as colorful as his political career. He has openly shared details about his sex life and experiences with tantric sex. His sister, Karina Milei, who he refers to as “the boss,” played a crucial role in his campaign, shaping his path to victory.
His connection with his pets, particularly his cloned mastiffs, is a unique aspect of his life. These dogs, named after economists, are reportedly cloned from his beloved late mastiff, Conan.
Milei’s victory represents a seismic shift in Argentine politics, as he promises to bring the country back to a past era of greatness. His slogan, echoing Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again,” resonates with many Argentinians seeking change.
As Argentina embarks on this new chapter with Milei at the helm, the world watches to see how his radical proposals and charismatic leadership will shape the country’s future.