Why the Neoliberal Drive to Privatize Everything Is Running Out of Gas

Why the Neoliberal Drive to Privatize Everything Is Running Out of Gas

Most Chileans recently voted out the remnants of military dictator Augusto Pinochet, along with Milton Friedman’s policies and many U.S. interventions. They are at work on a radically new Constitution. In the United States, former President Donald Trump and President Joe Biden gave diminishing lip service to (or just ignored) neoliberal orthodoxy to push for…

Chile’s Sebastian Piñera Denounced at the ICC

Chile’s Sebastian Piñera Denounced at the ICC

The 2019 protests have ignited change in Chile, which the people are determined to bring to fruition, Ramona Wadi writes. Chilean President Sebastian Piñera would not have imagined, upon his electoral victory in 2017, that he would have mangled his political career beyond redemption. The 2017 Chilean presidential elections were characterised by a low turnout…

People to Autocrats: Not So Fast

People to Autocrats: Not So Fast

With a week to go, nearly 70 million voters have sent in their ballots or stood on line for early voting. The pandemic hasn’t prevented them from exercising their constitutional right. Nor have various Republican Party schemes to suppress the vote. Some patriotic citizens have waited all day at polling places just to make sure…

U.S. Meddling in Chile’s 1964 Presidential Election

U.S. Meddling in Chile’s 1964 Presidential Election

Given the U.S. government’s meddling in Chile’s 1964 presidential election, I can’t help but wonder whether that has contributed to the major obsession that U.S. officials have with supposed Russian meddling in U.S. presidential elections. When one does bad things to others, oftentimes this causes the malefactor to think that others are doing the same…

Weaving Impunity for Dictatorship Crimes in Chile

Weaving Impunity for Dictatorship Crimes in Chile

In 1968, the U.S. backed a covert intelligence surveillance campaign in which Latin American right-wing governments conspired to annihilate socialist and communist influence in the region. The plan, known as Operation Condor, was formally implemented in 1975, two years after dictator Augusto Pinochet took power in Chile through a military coup supported by the U.S….

The Coup in Chile

The Coup in Chile

What happened in Chile on September 11, 1973 did not suddenly reveal anything new about the ways in which men of power and privilege seek to protect their social order: the history of the last 150 years is spattered with such episodes. Even so, Chile has at least forced upon many people on the Left…