Argentina President Javier Milei Brings Freedom Ideas To Davos

Argentina President Javier Milei spoke at the yearly World Economic Forum (WEF) conference in Davos, Switzerland, on Wednesday to bring freedom ideas to the gathering of leaders from across the world, urging the global elite to reject socialism and promote “free enterprise capitalism” to help bring world poverty to an end.

Milei said he was at the event “to plant the ideas of freedom in a forum that is contaminated by the 2030 socialist agenda.”

“The main leaders of the Western world have abandoned the model of freedom for different versions of what we call collectivism,” said Milei. “We’re here to tell you that collectivist experiments are never the solution to the problems that afflict the citizens of the world. Rather, they are the root cause.”

“Today, I’m here to tell you that the Western world is in danger,” Milei said. “And it is in danger because those who are supposed to have to defend the values of the West are co-opted by a vision of the world that inexorably leads to socialism, and thereby to poverty,” he added.

“Do believe me, no one [is] better placed than us Argentines to testify to these two points,” Milei added. The new president faces challenges in his first year with his nation’s economy, the third-largest in Latin America, on the verge of crisis for years.

Purchasing power in Argentina has created enormous instability with a 32-year record annual inflation rate of over 211% and 2 in 5 Argentines living in poverty. While speaking in Davos, Milei encouraged citizens to stand up to overreaching governments.

“Do not be intimidated by parasites who live off the state, do not surrender to the political class that only wants to stay in power and retain its privileges,” Milei said. “You are social benefactors, you are heroes, you are the creators of the most extraordinary period of prosperity we’ve ever seen.”

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, posted a video of the speech to his timeline on X, formerly Twitter, remarking, “Good explanation of what makes countries more or less prosperous.”