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The Economist and Chile: the painful birth of a different country

Saturday, November 23rd 2019 - 09:51 UTC
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In 2014, Michelle Bachelet a Socialist swept into Chile’s presidency for a second time on a program of radical reform of tax, education and pensions. She also aspired to enact a new constitution that would guarantee “more balance between the state, the private sector and society”, as she told your columnist over tea at the Moneda presidential palace. She argued that her “struggle against inequality” was the last chance to deal with discontents that, if neglected, could push Chile towards populism. Read full article


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  • Enrique Massot

    The cruelty of ordering the security forces to aim bird pellet guns and tear gas canisters to demonstrators' eyes illustrates the sad reality of a social class that really sees the populace as an enemy that must be pitilessly destroyed when it abandons its submissiveness.

    For a country repeatedly presented as a “Latin American economic miracle,” the neoliberal dominant class has shown its typical selfishness by concentrating the wealth for itself using privatization of most public services, which has built up the pressure until the recent explosion.

    The Pinochetist legacy on which the current scheme was built must be obliterated and replaced with a fairer, society-oriented system. However, given Piñera's clear dishonesty, his promises may reveal to be just smoke and mirrors when the time comes.

    Nov 24th, 2019 - 12:31 am - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Think

    ***“ The Birth of a new Country ”***..., huhhhh...?

    Hereby some of its “Midwifes”...
    (Me favourite is Nalcaman)

    Nov 24th, 2019 - 06:16 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    This one is better

    Nov 24th, 2019 - 09:54 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Forgetit87

    The New Yorker has a piece out detailing, among other things, how The Economist greeted the 1973 coup in Chile:

    ”This meant stalwart support for American interventions abroad, starting with Vietnam, where, as the historian and former staff writer Hugh Brogan tells Zevin, the magazine’s coverage was “pure CIA propaganda.” It euphemized the war’s horrors, characterizing the My Lai massacre as “minor variations on the general theme of the fallibility of men at war.” By 1972, following the saturation bombing of North Vietnam, the magazine was complaining that Henry Kissinger was too soft on the North Vietnamese. A policy of fealty to the giant elder brother also made some campaigners for liberalism a bit too prone to skulduggery. Zevin relates colorful stories about the magazine’s overzealous Cold Warriors, such as Robert Moss, who diligently prepared international opinion for the military coup in Chile in 1973, which brought down its democratically elected leader, Salvador Allende. In Moss’s view, “Chile’s generals reached the conclusion that democracy does not have the right to commit suicide.” (The generals expressed their gratitude by buying and distributing nearly ten thousand copies of the magazine.) Zevin relates that, when news of Allende’s death reached Moss in London, he danced down the corridors of The Economist’s office, chanting, “My enemy is dead!” Moss went on to edit a magazine owned by Anastasio Somoza, Nicaragua’s U.S.-backed dictator.”

    Nov 24th, 2019 - 10:17 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    Nov 25th, 2019 - 12:59 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Forgetit87

    I remember Marcos, too!

    Nov 25th, 2019 - 04:03 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Think

    To those that understand Spanish..., a little video that in my eyes shows how my beloved Shile seems to have awoken from its 30 years long PTSD lethargy....

    - Sr. Marcos Alejandro...
    Good try but..., as you well know..., we Millonario fathers are predestined to love our sons..., disregarding how Bosteros they may be...
    Do yourself and your sorry excuse of a Football Club a favour though..., get Riquelme in and all those MMLPQLP people out...

    Nov 26th, 2019 - 12:02 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    Sr. Think,
    Dear son, we won 18 international titles against 12 of riBer, but we never won a championship en la B, I give you that

    Nov 27th, 2019 - 12:56 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    Ahhhhhhh..., them dear bosteros...
    They remind me of me dear Yorugua friends...
    When we speak fulbo..., they only have their dusty statistics... :-)
    We Millonarios luuuuuuuv to live the moment..., and the moment is River's...

    Nov 27th, 2019 - 11:50 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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