The World: PERONISM: Our Sun, Our Air, Our Water

DURING a political rally in Argentina in 1954, one of Juan Domingo Perón's followers questioned the dictator about his health. Before Perón could reply, a zealous aide shouted, "We'll have Perón for a hundred years!" Added el Líder himself: "You'll have Perón for five thousand years, for even though I disappear, my doctrine will continue."

Hyperbole aside, Peronism has proved to be an amazingly durable factor in Argentine politics. In part it is the remainder of the political movement founded by Perón after he first assumed power in 1946; it is also a...

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