9/11, US imperialism 

9/11 is coming up, which means i'm legally obligated to point out 9/11 here in chile is a different tragedy & also important

the 11th of september is when the chilean right wing (funded by the US gov.) bombed our gov. building, killed our democratically elected socialist president, gutted the welfare state & enacted martial law

followed by 17 years of a violent fascist dictatorship in which at least 3k people died, 40k were victimized and half of the country was traumatized

9/11, US imperialism 

i didn't expect this to explode but since it did, i'll elaborate a little on this

in 1970 allende was the first democratically elected, openly socialist president in history. he enacted many social policies despite being antagonized by most of the senate, and people will attest to the relative success of said policies

however, the US was still in the cold war, and they weren't going to let a socialist government flourish in their "backyard" that is to say, south america

9/11, US imperialism 

but before an outright coup, they had to erase the idea that socialist policies worked at all. so they began imposing sanctions, working with the right wing, and paying business owners to disrupt the order of things

stores would "run out of stock" while having warehouses full of food, instead selling it to the higher classes for an increased price. lorries stopped bringing goods to impoverished neighborhoods. all to promote the idea that price control creates shortages

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only when there was a considerable economic instability in allende's government, did the US finally facilitate a coup

after the coup, Pinochet undid nearly all the social policies Allende established, created many new policies and an entire new constitution aided by the Chicago Boys, specifically to test out a harsher neoliberal model in Chile, before implementing it in the US

and that's why today chile has a capitalist model eerily similar to that of the US, 50 years later


9/11, US imperialism 

@syash it's not directly related to 9/11, but i've recently seen the 2012 film "No" about the No campaign and I'm curious what do Chileans think of it?

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@grainloom frankly, i haven't seen the movie so idk. heard a few good things? but don't take my word on it

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