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CHILE’S ELITES ARE CREATING ANOTHER LATIN AMERICAN POPULIST MELTDOWN. VOTERS MUST STOP THEM

October 23, 2020 | by Axel Kaiser

On October 25, Chile will hold its most important vote since 1988, when General Augusto Pinochet lost a national plebiscite on the question of whether he’d be permitted to extend his rule for another eight years. That 32-year-old referendum result allowed Chile to finally adopt the democratic form originally set out in the country’s 1980 constitution. This time around, the referendum will be on the constitution itself. In an extraordinary development, Chileans are deciding whether they want to create an entirely new constitution from scratch or preserve the existing one.

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LONG LIVE THE REVOLUTION!

July 11, 2014 | by Axel Kaiser

Every revolution -- those delusional efforts to redesign the social and economic order in its entirety from the top down -- led to bloodshed, misery, and tyranny. In this, history shows almost no exceptions -- except, of course, for the American Revolution, whose 238th anniversary was celebrated this past 4th of July.

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IS INEQUALITY A PROBLEM?

April 21, 2014 | by Axel Kaiser

For many people, the mere fact of asking this question is unacceptable. Obviously, they think, inequality is a big problem. President Obama would probably say: inequality is our "great enemy". A statement of this sort, certainly in tune with the Zeitgeist, is not irrelevant. As John Stuart Mill once warned, the intellectual climate of opinion largely defines the institutional development of a country and can have disastrous consequences.

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