To describe the Archetype of Argentina it is necessary to first define how the transition of cultures works.
About the transition of archetypes
Developed countries are such because they have a dominant, functional and powerful archetype that defines their culture and drives their actions.
New countries are in transition until a functional archetype is installed. Installed implies that this new functional archetype is in the collective unconscious and is managed by the establishment of the culture.
Transitions may last decades or centuries. It depends on the development of the power of the Nation, which necessarily includes the existence of the power of its establishment.
The Unicist Standard for Country Future Research defines establishment as the elite that assumes the responsibility of the evolution of the mass and the middle class.
The middle class of a country sustains the mass providing the possibilities of social mobility. To ascend, the members of the mass need to become an elite in their field until they establish as members of the middle class.
About the establishments of cultures
In a transition, the establishment of the culture does not assume the responsibility for the wellbeing of the culture. In this case the establishment is replaced by the government that assumes the responsibility for the wellbeing. But this produces a loss of the power of the State. The power of a State is proportional to the power of the establishment.
In democratic countries Governments represent the evolution and States represent their Archetypes.
When there is no dominant, functional and powerful archetype there is no possibility for a State to be strong. At the same time the elite is illegitimated for not representing the interests of the population and the culture involves.
What produces the transition of archetypes?
- New countries might produce a transition of the archetype if they hadn’t a defined archetype before they became independent Nations.
- Involving cultures are necessarily in transition because there is a dysfunctional archetype that needs to be changed by a functional one.
- Extreme social and economic differences in a country that have not been assumed by the establishment generate a transitional environment.
- The systematic substitution of the establishment by governmental actions generates endless transitions.
The consequence of transitions
Transitions have inevitable problems. There is a Chinese curse that says: “God condemns you to live a transition”. Transitions can be synthesized in the following characteristics:
- Periodic crises produced by the dysfunctionality of the new archetype that tries to substitute a preexisting one.
- Judiciary instability, because there is not a dominant establishment with dominant rules.
- The predominance of absolute ideologies generating a great gap between successive governments.
- The trend of governments to remain in power beyond the limits of the existent constitutional rules in order to “impose” the new archetype.
- Significant ideological and economic changes between governments.
When transitions become to an end
Transitions end when a dominant establishment assumes the responsibility of being the “elite”, the State functions within the limits of the archetype and the transition of governments happens without absolute ideological breakthroughs.
We can mention several countries who, more and less recently, overcame a transition: Sweden, Spain, Finland, Chile, and Brazil. We can also mention most of the countries of the so called “3rd World” that are still in transition.
The Archetype of Argentina
Argentina is a country with enormous natural resources and an exceptional climate to provide natural goods all over the world. Argentina’s Archetype can only be understood if this condition has been apprehended and read in all its consequences.
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The other notorious aspect of the Argentine culture is the intelligence of its citizens. Argentines have perhaps one of the highest levels of individual intelligence in the Western World.
This integration of abundance and individual intelligence within a context of transition are the operational drivers of the Argentine archetype that is, and has been for many years, in transition seeking for an establishment that assumes the responsibility for the Argentine evolution.
Thus naturally the archetype is based on taking advantage of the abundance and this produces a difficulty of sharing the evolution with the whole society. Individual intelligence prevails.
There is a substitute for this lack of establishment which is the government: Governments intend to distribute what the members of the society do not.
Argentine Maximal Strategy
The maximal strategy of the Argentine archetype is to take advantage of its natural resources and generate value for the individuals who live in Argentina. Thus Argentina is naturally positioned in a low cost strategy that allows conquering the world markets based on the competitive advantage of its natural resources.
Natural resources, as the central economic power, sustain the rest of the economy.
Although there is an extremely powerful reservoir of intelligence, this has not been empowered yet in terms of work and is basically focused on aspects where Argentina is a leading country in the world: art, design, music, theatre, literature, etc.
Argentina Minimum strategy
The minimum strategy is that every individual of the country has the possibility of avoiding poverty and being able to survive the periodic crises produced by the transition state.
Minimum strategy allows developing an extremely powerful “individual entrepreneurial” activity that provides employment to most of the population.
The surviving intelligence developed in Argentina based on the crises produced by the transition provokes an extreme capacity of adapting instantaneously to changes and, but the same time, this inhibits planning.
The alternative archetype
There is an alternative Archetype in Argentina that is represented by many prominent individuals who have international prestige in their fields.
Names like: Leloir, Houssay, Milstein, Borges, Vilas, Fangio, Favaloro, Salazar, etc. still could not prevail in Argentina introducing an Archetype based on growth. They have been seen as lone-runners by the society.
The transition will end as soon as Argentina assumes its values, integrating collective intelligence in its Archetype.
In the meantime, Argentine will grow based on its natural resources while the extraordinary individual intelligence works as a complement.
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