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Chile: Perpetual Transition Under The Shadow Of Pinochet

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One of the strategic objectives of neoliberalism is to attain the maximum social fragmentation. This is so because a divided society makes it difficult for those who suffer the consequences of the model to turn themselves into those who question it. Fragmenting society is the best formula for the reproduction of the system. There is no doubt that one of the elements that has assisted governability the most in countries implementing neoliberal policies, in spite of the increase in poverty and the growing inequity between richer and poorer sectors of society, has been mass media capabilities influencing public opinion. Another element which helps promote governability is consumerism. The author states that Chilean democracy would qualify to be a demobilizing democracy. He considers decentralization to be one of the most fundamental characteristics of the new state one need to build if one wants to move towards socialism.

Keywords:Chile; demobilizing democracy; neoliberalism; social fragmentation; socialism

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