Last week, the people of Chile voted for sweeping structural reform and an end to neoliberalism. It’s one of the Left’s biggest victories since the end of Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship.
Pablo Abufom is a translator and master in philosophy from the Universidad de Chile. He is an editor of Posiciones, Revista de Debate Estratégico; a founding member of the Centro Social y Librería Proyección; and part of the editorial collective of Jacobin América Latina.
On Sunday, Chileans voted by a huge majority to abandon the Augusto Pinochet-era constitution. Currently first place in polls for next year’s presidential election, Chilean Communist Daniel Jadue told Jacobin how his country can break from Pinochet’s neoliberal dogmas.
In Chile, a transit fare hike turned into a nationwide mass protest against austerity. Now the country’s right-wing president and military are responding with repression unseen since the Pinochet dictatorship.