The Overthrow of Democratic Chile
While millions today will be remembering one 9/11 let’s not forget that today also marks the fateful day that Amerikkka plunged its own dagger right into the heart of Latin America. 38 years ago today the democratically elected socialist President of Chile, Salvador Allende, was overthrown by a military coup lead by Augosto Pinochet with the intimate knowledge and backing of the United States.
Following Pinochet’s coup and Allende’s martyrdom Chile put through a Chicago School of Economics style reorganization of the economy with the direct guidance of Mr. Neoliberalism himself, Milton Friedman. These changes to Chile’s economy benefited the richest while the poor were left spending three quarters of the income simply on bread. Pinochet also established a military dictatorship, directly contradicting Friedman’s assertion that the freer the market the freer the people. His government became one of the most notorious in region and in the world for human right abuses.