Argentina’s economic failures helped shape Pope Francis’s anti-market attitudes. Ironically, the pontiff’s politico-economic outlook represents a variant of one early cause of those failures: the coercive collectivism of Juan Peron.

Samuel Gregg is a distinguished fellow in political economy and senior research faculty at the American Institute for Economic Research, and the author, most recently, of The Next American Economy: Nation, State, and Markets in an Uncertain World.
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Other Independent Review articles by Samuel Gregg
Winter 2022/23 The Man Who Understood Democracy: The Life of Alexis de Tocqueville
Fall 2014 The Great Degeneration: How Institutions Decay and Economies Die