Sunday, August 17, 2008

Pinochet's Chile the model for US future?

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On September 11, 1973 the military overthrew the Chilean government in a violent coup (as a result, the president, Allende, killed himself). General Augusto Pinochet affirmed that he was leader of the coup, and used his position as Commander-in-chief of the army. In 1974, Pinochet declared himself President and remained in power until 1990. Stating that Chile was under siege by communist subversives, Pinochet implemented a series of security operations, with support from US and other South American military governments, in which around 3,000 suspected or known dissidents and left lists were killed, and around 30,000 more were tortured.

Pinochet’s liberal economic policies’ benefits have sharply contested. In 1973, unemployment was only 4.3%, which was when the government employed many of Chile’s citizens. Following ten years of junta rule in 1983, unemployment had risen to 22%. Workers wages declined by more than 40%. In 1970, 20% of Chile’s population lived in poverty. In 1990, in the last year of Pinochet’s dictatorship, poverty doubled to 40%. Between 1982 and 1983 during the worldwide economic slump, the GDP dropped 19% largely as a result of a downturn in the copper market. Furthermore, the percentage of Chileans without adequate housing increased from 27% to 40% between 1972 and 1988, despite the government’s boast that the new economy would solve homelessness.

In 1980, a new constitution was approved, which prescribed a single-candidate presidential referendum in 1988, and a return to civilian rule in 1990. But the constitution gave more than 8 years of presidential powers to Pinochet. Pinochet left the presidency on March 11, 1990 and transferred the power to Patricio Aylwin, the new democratically elected president. Pinochet remained as Commander-in-chief of the Army, until March 1998.

Before the military coup of 1973, Chile had a rich and inviting culture that was mainly comprised of European influence. Because of the countries wealth, many people where educated in Paris, and therefore brought their ideas of art into Chile.

Many noble prize winning poets arose from the country, and the churches where adorned with folk art. However, after Pinochet came into rule, for some reason all the amazing culture was cast into the trash can, with the exception of a few exiles who’s instrument for vocalizing their distress took the form of folk music.

Another horrific tragedy that occurred during Pinochet’s reign was the arising level of poverty, which influenced the cuisine. Before (and now) the variety of Chilean foods where top notch and gourmet. But because of poverty, many Chilean families weren’t able to afford the ingredients they needed to compose these delectable dishes during Pinochet’s dictatorship
Pinochet’s regime has been accused of systematic and widespread human rights violations both in Chile and abroad, including mass-murder, torture, kidnapping, illegal detention, and press censorship. He was placed under house arrest for more than 7 times not only by Chile’s government but also through foreign influence.

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In Chile under Pinochet, judges were in charge of investigations, prosecutions, and judging. They had their own "plants" and "infiltrators" and their own secret police force.

In Connecticut the Sheriff System under the executive branch was changed to be "Judicial Marshals" under the Judicial Branch. They have arrest powers and private investigators are hired by the Judicial Branch to go out as thugs and "muscle". Whistle blowers will be visited by private investigators, their friends and family terrorized. [more]


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