From Bill Bonner, Chairman, Bonner & Partners:
Build the Fatherland. Kill a student.
– Pro-Perón graffiti on buildings in Buenos Aires, circa 1952
BALTIMORE – “I’m not superstitious.”
The answer showed such charming insouciance and in-your-face bravado that it might have come from the mouth of America’s president-elect.
Instead, it was the reply given by former Argentine President Juan Domingo Perón – another in the “Great Man” tradition of national leaders – after the 59-year-old was asked about his relationship with a 14-year-old.
The girl in question – obviously underage – had been invited to the Casa Rosada, Argentina’s equivalent of the White House, to take care of dogs.
The dogs Perón had inherited from his dead wife, Eva. The girl, Nelly Rivas, he got on his own.
The affair went on for several years, until Perón was finally overthrown by a military-Catholic coup d’état. He fled up the Río