I might could actually use a little bit of help here from some of the geriatric leftists on A2K.....
They've been showing "Evita" on cable channels lately, and both Perons impress me as being amongst life's mysteries; I can't really seem to come up with enough information to form an intelligent opinion of them, particularly Evita.
Much of what you read arises in the US and UK and there was never any love lost between the US/UK and Argentina, in fact conservatives in the US view Argentina as a cosmic bad example:
i.e. "Don't Cry for me America"
and Argentines of at least one generation claim the Perons made vast improvements in people's lives, but the question is, was the country really generating the wealth to do that or was the government putting future generations into debt to pay for a one-generation binge of some sort?
Nothing I can find or turn up would make any argument for viewing Evita Peron as any sort of a villainess. In fact for a 15-year-old girl to just walk into a major South American city with nothing but the clothes she was wearing and even be alive a year later, much less accomplish what she did, is remarkable. She appears to be as close as you could get to an actual heroine from the left and many still view her as an Argentine La Pucelle.
Was Eva Peron ever any sort of a heroine to leftists outside of Argentina while she was alive or shortly afterwards?
Was there ever any sort of a cult of Peron worshipers outside of Argentina the way people walk around with Che Guevara T-shirts now?
Was Eva Peron ever any sort of a sex symbol or anything like that outside of Argentina and if so, was that just amongst leftists or more generally than that??
Any help would be appreciated.