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Sun Aug 2, 2015, 05:38 PM

2. Tea bag governors think they're being very original.

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But as you know, rewriting history textbooks has been a favorite hobby of extremists (left and right) through the ages.

In the case of Argentina, the right-wing Isabel Perón administration (1974-76) and the fascist dictatorship that followed (1976-83) would send in "normalizers" to bookstores and school and university libraries to burn books (many courageous librarians and booksellers would wrap them in cellophane and bury them in the garden for safekeeping). The 1976 military dictatorship was the probably closest thing Argentina has had to these tea baggers as far as policy; the only real difference was the degree of ferocity (for now).

Fast-forward to recent times in Argentina, and even in the country's highly activist and very noisy democracy of today, you find far-right wing figures like Buenos Aires Mayor Mauricio Macri. While running Buenos Aires into debt, he's spent millions on things like a 0800 hotline to anonymously inform authorities of "unwanted" political activity in schools, as well as banning numerous books already on school shelves (most famously the science fiction comic series El Eternauta - whose author was among those "disappeared" during the height of the Dirty War in 1977). Meanwhile, Macri forced public middle schools to issue pocket guides to Argentine history that featured photos of past dictators (but no past elected presidents) and to buy thousands of copies of Robert Kiyosaki's Rich Dad, Poor Dad (the one that advocated fraud and tax evasion as means to get ahead).

Macri, btw, is currently running for president (polling second) and is Wall Street's Argentine puppet-du-jour, as he has promised them to privatize state-owned services and public works contracts (as he's done in the City of Buenos Aires, at a cost of $500 million in annual deficits). He himself is the heir of one of Argentina's few billionaires - a man who made his fortune largely through padded public works contracts.

His party, the PRO, was named in honor of the last dictatorship (known in Argentina as el Proceso).

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