In the following paragraphs I reply to the BBC video linked below. The idea is to contrast with the argument that there are sufficient economic reasons to inflate the level of violent revolt at work in Chile. No, there is not, if there are reasons, they are not due to poverty or inequality. There is something else there …
When you say that taking only macroeconomic data such as GDP does not give a good picture of Chilean society, I agree, but it is not that complex to evaluate so-called ‘welfare’ objectively, for that we have the HDI and inequality as well. like poverty. This, you yourself showed the great drop of its index in the Chilean society, so it does not make the sense that the violent manifestations are on account of that. There is something else out there and that is the way society works … No, there is nothing “left behind it all” as the rightists want. Here, in Brazil, we also had the left taking advantage of the situation in 2013 and it wasn’t much further, by the way, the shot backfired with the impeachment that would come later. The difference between how civil movement works in Brazil and Chile has a lot to do with their history and how society in each country has learned from their governments. In Chile, as is well known, the repression was much broader and more incisive with the Pinochet government. No wonder students now react this way. Another important fact to bear in mind is that Chile, although so much praised here, is not as capitalist as we imagined, because if it were, its teachers would not induce these revolts. As long as we have societies where teachers are not examples of successful professionals, the mix of low wages with knowledge and ideology in everyday work, battalions of youth revolutionaries will leave the classrooms on the streets with Molotov cocktails in their hands and too many lies in the head. How do I know they influenced this? Now! If it wasn’t for them, do you think there would be such adherence of these student-activists? It is one thing for the poorer population to protest by the increased cost of transportation, quite another for college students.
Historically, when protests occurred in nineteenth-century Europe, the factory’s clock and your equipment were broken down, where the citizen was anonymous, a number in which he felt controlled and repressed in factories with a Taylorist management system, but after the Work environment changed in the post-war century. XX, the factories and the work environment humanized, unlike our cities … Note: in the past, societies were worse, but cities were cozy, today is the opposite, societies are much better (consumption, rights), but cities are oppressive and much of the violent reaction to this anonymous oppression that hits us occurs in the transit system. It is therefore not surprising that most conflicts occur precisely in and against the means of transport.
Protests in Chile: What’s behind the rage in “model” country in America … https://youtu.be/u9ETR84qnCk via @YouTube
Anselmo Heidrich Oct 23 19
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