Chile’s liberal democracy is in danger

Ad portas of the initial plebiscite of the constitutional proposal prepared by the Constituent Convention, the Chilean revolutionary process continues its course. While the most radical sectors of the left call for approval without illusions, government sectors hope that this new constitution will give them the oxygen to complete the process that would provoke upgrading/replacing elitesjust as has occurred in these phenomena throughout history and is phenomenally described by Crane Brinton in The Anatomy of Revolution from 1938

It’s hard to fathom the extent of political anomie and a culture of degradation that Latin America’s freest country has had

It is difficult for any rational person to understand the extent of political anomie and a culture of degradation that has had the freest country in Latin America, where the central and peripheral areas of the capital city of Santiago have become protectorates of crime, drug trafficking and bad living. This may have a series of explanations of a cultural nature and a rejection of the ideas of a free society by indifferent sectors and also by the center right, which today calls for progress towards a welfare state, while progressive radicalism forged all spaces of social coexistence through political activism, rise and penetration of groups, conquering the conscience of new generations under the utopia of the search for what they call new possible.

In just one week, there were demonstrations of violence and terrorism, which are very serious for the democratic order

While Chile seems to remain under the influence of the “boiled frog syndrome”, many wonder what will happen in Chile if one or the other option wins. However, before doing so, it is important to look at the process. An important factor to mention is political fraudbecause after the “Agreement for Social Peace and the New Constitution” of 15 November 2019 or capitulation pact, the country was told that the violence would end, the same happened after the entry plebiscite on October 25, 2020, also after the presidential election on November 19, 2021. Today, six out of ten Chileans polled who choose option I approve, they they continue to believe that their preference will restore calm to the streets. What naivety! The evidence shows that the violence has not only not ended, but the quality of life, the economy and the way of life in the country have deteriorated worrisome.

What Chile is experiencing is (…) part of a process that was born badly, developed badly and we do not know what it will bring if the rule of law is not restored

In just one week, as happened before all the last elections, demonstrations of extremely serious violence and terrorism for the democratic order, where even the slightest rule of law is no longer respected, for example: the Kolipuli barricades; truck fire in Mulchen; burning of forest machines and vehicles in Kapitan Pastene; demonstrations and destruction in the central axis of Santiago; roadblocks on Route 5 south of Temuco; arson in Chol Chol; an attack on the cultural heritage of Contulmo, where an elder, Carlos Grolmus, was one of three injured and lost his leg; barricades in Concepción, Temuco and Padre Las Casas; hooded men blocking traffic in Valparaiso and Santiago; other means of revolution throwing Molotov cocktails down Avenida Providencia, white overalls setting fire and burning Chilean flags, even the cancellation of the artist Billy Idol’s show due to riots and tear gas outside the recital, are a concrete summary – in just one week – that this , that Chile is going through is not just an adventure, but part of a process that was born badly, developed badly and we don’t know what it will bring if the rule of law is not restored and taken over once and for allz freedom program changed the course of events.

Although all studies show a tendency and superiority of the opt-out option, it is not without significance that this scenario is loaded with symbolism and tension. There are groups on the left who have imposed this constitutional process and who have made an explicit call to encourage more rebellions, as the former Patriotic Union presidential candidate stated, Eduardo Arts: “What’s coming next is a great grassroots mobilization so we can finally get over the fence a bit”. What is worrying is that the traditional centre-right (or old right) accepts this lost the constitutional battle and has raised his voice countless times saying that the current constitution was signed by the president Ricardo Lagosis dead and that the composite process must continue one way or another, with the arrogance of assuming that it controls a process and its mediocre results are already visible.

The left needs and feeds on division, resentment and exclusion (…). In Chile they have found a way to undermine the social order

The constitutional text lacks the basic elements of liberal democracy, such as the separation of powers, protection of private property, recognize the primacy of the human person, the family – as the main core of society -, economic freedom, among many others. As stated by Libertad y Desarrollo’s lawyer, Rene Tapiawill provide for the constitutional proposal “legal uncertainty and deficit of the democratic principle” and was also developed under a “Unlawful interference by the Sao Paulo Forum, the Puebla Group and the Progressive International”as the former president of Colombia claimed, Andres Pastrana.

the left —more radical than usual controls the process— they need and feed on division, resentment and exclusion, for the same reason they will continue to seek to perpetuate the composite moment that does not want to see it, will simply avoid reality. In Chile, they have found a way to undermine this social order by seeking economic decline, supported by members of the Puebla group and strongly supported by international agencies, and also by supporting a cultural framework to ensure the people’s increasing dependence on the state, for control over life them

In the case of winning the refusal, the Chileans will light a light in the middle of the shadow

We hope that what happens this Sunday will be the raw material to change the direction of the superficial politics that have taken over the public agenda, and that decision makers realize that prolonging this constitutional agony will be placing a tombstone in the country, both for the quality of life of the people, as well as in the national economy. The culture battle does not end with electionsbut in the case of winning the rejection, Chileans will shine a light in the middle of the shadow, because we deserve to restore the rule of law, in short, to return to normal life.

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