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“Clinton is a Peronist, really,” mused Eugene McCarthy in the Sept. 18 Progressive Review. “He has made his peace with the military, the big corporations, and he sends his wife out to take care of social issues.” Hillary obviously lacks Evita’s crowd-pleasing fashion sense, but watching President Bill’s head swell after his re-election, one wonders if he’s ready to trade in his jogging shoes for jackboots. Meanwhile, Argentina’s pseudo-Peronist president Carlos Menem (who bears a disturbing resemblance to Cornelius in Planet of the Apes) runs his country like some laissez-faire Yanqui supply-sider at a going-out-of-business sale. Crazy, man, crazy. In a lecture titled “El Milenio de los Pueblos: The Legacy of Peronism,” New York University professor Juan Corrido sorts through the mess that General Juan made—after all, it takes a real strongman to fuck over an entire country. At 12:30 p.m. at the Inter-American Development Bank’s Bello Auditorium, 1300 New York Ave. NW. FREE. (202) 942-8278. (Eddie Dean)