Juan Perón 1950

The Twenty Fundamental Truths of Justicialism

Source: Guido Indij, Perón Meidante. Buenos Aires, La Marca Editora, 2006;
Translated: for marxists.org by Mitchell Abidor;
CopyLeft: Creative Commons (Attribute & ShareAlike) marxists.org 2008.

These are the twenty fundamental truths of Justicialism. I wanted to bring them together here so that every one of you engrave it in your hearts and minds; so that they you spread them everywhere as a message of love and justice; so that you live happily in accordance with them; and also so that you die happily in their defense if it were necessary – Juan Perón October 17, 1950.

  1. True democracy is one where the government does what the people want and defends only one interest: THE PEOPLE
  2. Peronism is popular in its essence. All political circles are anti-popular and for this reason are not Peronist.
  3. The Peronist works for the Movement. Whoever in its name serves a circle or a caudillo is one only in name.
  4. For Peronism there exists only one class of men: workers.
  5. In the new Argentina work is a right that creates human dignity and is a duty, for it is right that everyone produce at least what he consumes.
  6. For a good Peronist there can be nothing better than another Peronist.
  7. No Peronist should feel himself to be more than he is, or less than he should be. When a Peronist begins to feel himself to be more than he is he begins to convert himself into an oligarch.
  8. In political action the scale of values of every Peronist is the following: first the Fatherland, then the Movement, and then Men.
  9. For us politics are not an end, rather only a means for the good of the Fatherland, which is the happiness of its children and national greatness.
  10. The two arms of Peronism are Social Justice and Social Assistance. With them we embrace the people in Justice and Love.
  11. Peronism wants national unity and not struggle. It wants heroes and not martyrs.
  12. In the new Argentina children are the only privileged ones.
  13. A government without a doctrine is a body without a soul. For this reason Peronism has its own political, economic, and social doctrine, which is Justicialism.
  14. Justicialism is a new philosophy of life that is simple, practical, popular, profoundly Christian, and profoundly popular.
  15. As a political doctrine Justicialism realizes the equilibrium between the rights of the individual and those of the community.
  16. As economic doctrine Justicialism realizes the social economy, placing capital at the service of the economy and the latter at the service of social well-being.
  17. As a social doctrine Justicialism realizes social justice, which gives every person their right to a social function.
  18. We want a socially just, economically free, and politically sovereign Argentina.
  19. We constitute a centralized government, an organized state, and a free people.
  20. The best we have on this earth is the People.