The Perón-for-President campaign got under way with an inevitable about-face last week. First, Juan Domingo Perón admitted that he actually was a candidate (in April he had said: "I will energetically oppose every move ... to make me a candidate"). Then, in the best authoritarian tradition, he unveiled an official party (called the Radical Labor Movement), harangued a multitude with promises of social reform. Hitler-like, he even named his political heirs.

Both the size and the composition of the crowd that turned out in Buenos Aires' Plaza de Independencia to cheer Citizen...