More WTF in Chile: an update

Posted: December 4, 2019 in News, Stupidity
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So, a little perspective on what’s going on in Chile.

Daily protests continue, albeit slightly less violent than before. Probably because downtown there is nothing left to smash and burn, and most commercial locations have literally welded plate steel over their storefronts.

Once in a while you still catch an underlying whiff of tear gas and that subtle background sizzling in your eye sockets.

Things have kinda calmed down. For now.

Overnight, an entire industry has popped up for private traffic directors. Folks don a brightly colored vest and collect coins from passers-by for the service of directing traffic, which is good considering that most of the traffic lights downtown were torn down, smashed, or spraypainted over by vandals.

Some of these people came under attack by the protestors– how dare they do something good, or constructive, or useful! How dare they try to help themselves or their families! Literally dragged from the intersections and beaten by angry crowds of bolsheviks.

It hasn’t stopped the others, though. And not everyone respects the “authority” of the traffic directors. When there is a protest going on, or rush hour happening, all bets are off since drivers want to GTFO ASAP.

So… what happened to get to this point?

There are several factions at play here:

  1. Overtaxed minimum wage employees and pensionistas (retirees) who feel the pressure of increased electrical costs and commute fares.
  2. Any and all workers (from poor to upper class) who see the future hopelessness of the AFP pension/social security system and believe, perhaps rightly, that their retirement savings will be worthless or completely unavailable when it comes time to retire.
  3. People concerned with the state of health care (honestly I think they are ignorant– health care in Chile is excellent compared to literally everywhere else I have been)
  4. Angry students who want “free” education.
  5. Bolsheviks who want “free” everything.
  6. Angry assholes who just want to wreck stuff.
  7. Angry assholes who just want to steal stuff.

The whole thing really started kicking off when the subway fares went up. By 4 cents per trip. There were mass protests and people jumping turnstiles to show their dissatisfaction. BUT– most of the people doing this were students, who already pay a reduced fare (at a roughly 70% discount).

Some say that the subway fare increase is the straw that broke the camel’s back in terms of social pressures in Chile. However, I disagree. My take on it: I think it was the subway and Carabineros’ general lack of ability to secure Santiago against the mass protest, which the people saw, and decided to take advantage of for their month-long drunken bonfire party. Hey, there’s nothing the government can do, we have free reign to do anything!

“Hey, I’ve always wanted to trash a hotel. And burn a subway station. And burn a church. And oh hey, look, dumpsters. What else can we burn? OOOOH A BUS! WITH PEOPLE! Wow, fire sure is fun to play with!”

And so they did.

What legitimate gripes people had (1, 2, 3) were quickly taken over and/or swept up in the bolshevik terror wave. And that’s exactly what it is. I’ve even heard that it was a planned attack– rumor has it that the PDI knew something was up– but since Chile has a bad history with intelligence organizations, Bachelet dismantled what remained of it during her tenure, and Piñera did not rebuild it (thinking it unnecessary), the threat was largely ignored or was not able to be dealt with properly. Some 80 subway stations were attacked or damaged simultaneously, 11 completely destroyed. Who knows if it was a conspiracy. Occam’s Razor says it’s just angry bolsheviks (4, 5, 6, 7).

A subway ticket office on fire.

What use is it blocking roads and setting fire to private property and businesses if you want government change? You’re not hurting the government, you’re hurting yourselves. I’ve had this conversation so many times and so many people agree with me. The most typical response from the most moderate Chileans: “Yeah we have problems that need solving but we’re committing suicide to try and fix them”

Chileans, as a culture, have a bad habit of not thinking things through. They are a bit naive/immature in their methodology. That much is clear with their behavior lately. The way to get better pay is not to burn businesses and send all those people into the unemployed worker pool. The way to get them to work faster and more efficiently so they can earn more money is not accomplished by burning the subway, putting up roadblocks, and smashing traffic signals. The way to win the hearts and minds of your fellow man is not through inconveniencing him or destroying his neighborhood. The way to keep the purchasing power of your currency is not to cause so much social unrest that you crash its value.

 

Comments
  1. Rocketman says:

    Sounds a lot like the Chilean students are learning from AntiFa here in the United States. That there is no step two only step one and that’s it.

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