More insight on why Chile is fucked

Posted: December 29, 2019 in News, Politics, Uncategorized
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I was awakened by the shouting of more crowds of protesters. Fortunately they are not burning and wrecking shit. Yet. The day is young.

There exists a clear and present danger ingrained in Chilean people, and that is the lack of, and avoidance of, a sense of personal responsibility. When caught in an error, lapse in judgment, or outright red-handed doing something purposely wrong, they will deny everything and attempt to turn the tables on the accuser, “how dare you insult my dignity!?”

Which I find entirely fitting for the laughable name they have given to the bombed-out wasteland they changed from Plaza Italia to Plaza de Dignidad. Let me tell you, there is no dignity there. Not even the sidewalks remain; the rioters smashed them in order to have ammunition to throw at the police. Every storefront near there is smashed or burned, barricaded with steel plates, every surface painted over three times in graffiti calling for dead cops. Metro station Baquedano, underneath it all, was so badly wrecked that it remains closed even to transfers between rail lines. It would make the perfect set for an apocalypse movie.

So, instead of admitting any sort of wrongdoing, they try and convince themselves that the environment is wrong. And they just keep committing the same mistakes expecting different results (the definition of insanity). Thus, when the protests get rowdy enough, and the cops show up to try and disperse them, the rioters get even more violent and then express grand surprise that people get hurt, run over, shot in the face with pepper gas, sprayed with burning chemical agents, etc. Like, what the everloving fuck did you expect?

Then, of course, according to the protesters, it’s all the cops’ fault. Granted I am no fan of cops in general but in this situation my heart goes out to them. Anyone else viewing this stuff can see the remarkable amount of restraint the cops show here. In any other country, there would be a lot of dead rioters with bullets in them. 10,000 people rioting in a square throw a fit when they rip a cop off his motorcycle, throw it in the riverbed, and light it on fire. He escapes, barely, and the vehicles helping him get out manage to crush a pedestrian or two. The crowd, with the help of the media, post his photo and identity on the internet, further endangering his life and those of his family. Wash, rinse, repeat. There is no end in sight, because the people are rebels without a cause.

My crystal ball tells me that the plebiscite vote does not matter, really. There is nothing truly awful with the constitution, barring some judicial reforms. My prediction is that the plebiscite will fail and things will continue as “normal.” And if it wins, the new constitution will likely be a paraphrased version of what already exists. Because, once again, the existing constitution is not terrible. I think the main reason people want to change it, other than to fix some judicial problems, is more because “it was Pinochet’s constitution and it’s got to go.” Change a few words and voila! Look it’s a new constitution!

If they really get into the guts of it, then nobody will agree on what to change. Hell, every single political party here is too busy infighting (and avoiding personal responsibility by throwing everyone they can under the bus) to even get any proper leadership sorted out. It’s a hilarious game of hot potato! So a fresh new draft of a constitution is doomed. In order to try pleasing everyone, they will please no one. Or they will just fight for years while more angry mobs burn what is left of Chile to the ground. Chile’s culture of responsibility-avoidance and lack of forethought is going to guarantee a disaster should the constitution be completely redrafted.

And if they keep the old one, their mobs will continue to terrorize, loot, amd destroy. They will continue to blame their problems on a constitution they have never read. Chile is stuck in an unfortunate downward spiral from which, in my opinion, it will not re-emerge any time soon. It is their culture that needs to change. A culture now driven by spoiled and impressionable youth raised in the counterswing of socialists taking full advantage of their post-Pinochet pity party. And these kids will never, ever admit that they are wrong.

I hope I’m wrong about all of this, I really do. How un-Chilean of me!

Comments
  1. Egad!! says:

    Maybe Chile should pass a law that states if someone is rioting and using violence and then arrested that if they are convicted they should be stripped of their citizenship as well as their immediate family members and then immediately start deportation proceeding. Where will the rioters and their families go? That’s THEIR damn problem not Chile’s. Chile needs to crack down and HARD on these punks. The rest will see their buddies being forced out of the country never to return and it will filter through their reptilian brains that violence has consequences.

  2. Patrick says:

    Same here in South Africa
    The masses destroyed our public transport protesting that they wanted more of it for less price
    Turkey India Egypt
    We all in the same mess.
    Breeding ground for a new round of strong dictators who will smash the protesters to death or submission , cancel minimum wages+ social security + the cycle begins all over

  3. Jen says:

    Nice to see that you are back, although probably not due to good circumstances. I recently read this headline and thought of you:

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/finance/markets/got-24500000-and-90-days-uruguay-might-have-an-offer-for-you/ar-BBZtuH3

    I figure if anyone has insight to offer on this, it’s Bob.

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