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Mario Amadeo


Mario Amadeo (1914-1988) was an Argentine conservative nationalist politician, diplomat and writer who served as a minister in the government of Juan Peron. He belonged to the highly influential right-wing tendency prominent in Argentine politics either side of the Second World War.

During the 1930s the youthful Amadeo was closely associated with the anti-liberalism tendency and took his inspiration from such Catholic conservative writers as Leon Bloy, Charles Peguy, Jacques Maritain, G. K. Chesterton, Hilaire Belloc, Giovanni Papini and Ramiro de Maeztu.Alberto Ciria, Parties and Power in Modern Argentina (1930-1946), 1974, p. 151 As such he belonged to the group of rightist authors and activists that included the likes of Carlos Ibarguren, Manuel Galvez, Juan Carulla, Ernesto Palacio, Maximo Etchecopar and Rodolfo and Julio Irazusta. He was also the President of Ateneo de la Republica, an elitst semi-secret club active in the 1940s and accused of fascism by its opponents, which included a number of cabinet ministers amongst its members.Craig L. Arceneaux, Bounded Missions: Military Regimes and Democratization in the Southern Cone and Brazil, 2002, p. 51

During the Second World War Amadeo became associated with a strand within Argentine politics that came out in favour of the Axis Powers. As a consequence the United States Department of State's so-called 'Blue Book on Argentina' listed Amadeo as being 'a trusted collaborator' of the SD'.Harold F. Peterson, Argentina and the United States, 1810-1960, 1964, p. 502 In his later career as an ambassador to the United Nations he would demonstrate further Nazi sympathies when he attacked Israel for kidnapping Adolf Eichmann.Eliezer Ben Rafael, Yosef Gorni & Yaacov Ro'i, Contemporary Jewries: Convergence and Divergence, 2003, p. 326

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