Argentina’s “alternative model” is hitting citizens hard, especially women, the Wall Street Journal reports:
On Friday, retailers and tampon distributors said they were scrambling to arrange the delivery of fresh shipments, possibly from Brazil, as early as next week. For now, women are finding it nearly impossible to find tampons at pharmacies and smaller supermarkets around the country—an embarrassing situation for President Cristina Kirchner ’s government, which has had to publicly address the problem.
Argentina is one of those countries where intellectuals and politicians bewail the shortcomings of what they habitually and obsessively call “neoliberal” economics. It is a wonderful parlor game and many complex thoughts get expressed.There’s just one problem: countries like Argentina lead the world in the production of such vital commodities as critical discourse, but somehow don’t do very well at producing vital consumer goods or stable, long-term economic growth.