Chilean elite put on a show at constitutional convention

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Photo: El Mostrador

By Alex Ibarra Pena (El Mostrador)

HAVANA TIMES — Chilean class privilege is as common an evil as racism. These days, he’s inspired defeated intellectual politicians to serve the privileged elite via a new invention they call “Yellows for Chile,” a movement opposed to the constitutional process. They defend their position with a classist anti-democratic vision that seeks to hijack the space of populist representation. The conventional media will give a lot of space to this discourse of attack against a new Chile. Therefore, we must be very vigilant in our defense of democracy.

The campaign of terror now mounted by the privileged elite who were happy and comfortable in neoliberal transitional Chile [from the dictatorship] is a desperate attempt to take advantage of the power they still have left. Their concern, no doubt, has to do with the emerging possibility of a historical leadership of the popular classes.

For some time now, various intellectual movements have been publishing articles aimed at recovering our historical memory. They testify to the political strength of the popular underclasses, who have been victims of injustices at the hands of an unscrupulous elite who defend the existence of privileges for the few.

The most truly democratic constitutional processes seek to overcome this unjust social and political structure, as is happening with some of the changes we are beginning to see in Chile, changes that should be more solid under the government that Gabriel Boric will initiate in about two weeks. . This being true, I can understand why this privileged class finds itself terrified, confused and desperate.

We now have the words of the “professor emeritus” and former dean of the university that served as the cradle of neoliberalism, one of the universities in the country that profits most from it. An “emeritus” is a person who has distinguished himself within an institution – someone who has distinguished himself through his service to the mission that said institution represents. The ideas expressed by former Rector Rosso must be understood in this context.

His rhetoric alleges a sense of “resentment” among some of the delegates to the Constitutional Convention. However, his words themselves sound resentful, as his speech reflects the excessive value he places on formal education. In Chile, such an education has been very exclusive, given its high cost. The allegations he raises can also be read as “resentful,” and his arguments become circular and do not stand up to logical assessment. From his point of view of resentment, he denounces the resentment of others.

Here, a critical reading of the essay “Ariel” by Jose Enrique Rodo is relevant. Written in 1900, the essay champions the cause of the classic western tradition[SH1] . In the tradition of Latin American thought, the book should be considered a classic. Class discourses that privilege privilege seek to exalt a nationalism that defends the values ​​inherited from what are considered “superior cultures”, that is, those imposed during the colonization process. This is what is meant by “Arielism”. In contrast, there is an opposing view of culture that seeks to infuse a more authentic nationalist process, capable of recognizing the value of popular cultures that have been subjugated, but remain underground, of which we are a part.

Multinationalism, when properly understood, implies a dialogue between these two cultural worlds that do not normally mix. Creating a context in which these ideas and subjects are genuinely exchanged could lead to social and political reconciliation. The desperate rhetoric of privileged elites who attempt to condemn the current historical dynamic reflects an arrogance that does not advance democracy.

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