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Vanity: Pinochet Saved Thousands of Lives

Posted on 02/27/2010 6:49:21 AM PST by C19fan

Wake up this morning and saw the news about the huge earthquake in Chile. One thing I noticed was despite the earthquake being a magnitude 8.8 the early reports have only under a hundred deaths. My guess is one of the major reasons the death toll will be orders of magnitude below Haiti is Chile is the wealthiest country outside Canada and the US in the Americas. Chile could afford to build more structurally sound buildings and infrastructure designed to withstand this earthquake. The main reason Chile can afford earthquake proof structures is the economic policies imposed, I think you can use that term literally, by General Pinochet and his Chicago Boys, advisors with degrees from U. Chicago and and disciples of Milton Friedman. Even after he stepped down from power, the left-of-center parties have dared not touch his program of economic liberalization. If Allende stayed in power and imposed his Marxist vision the death toll would most likely be in the thousands as his Marxist policies would of driven Chile into becoming another cesspit like Cuba, and North Korea. Thanks to Pinochet thousands of Chileans survived this quake.


TOPICS: Chit/Chat
KEYWORDS: chile; development; earthquake; haiti

1 posted on 02/27/2010 6:49:22 AM PST by C19fan
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To: C19fan

But he won’t get any credit for it anywhere but here. The Chilean people have accomplished miracles with their economy.


2 posted on 02/27/2010 6:55:07 AM PST by La Lydia
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To: La Lydia

True that is why I felt I needed to write this.


3 posted on 02/27/2010 6:56:30 AM PST by C19fan
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To: C19fan

Interesting term, The Chicago Boys, as the proponents of liberal (classical) free market economics, versus the Chicago Thugs we have now in Washington.

On another note, Allende had death squads circulating in Chile, made up of mostly outsiders from Cuba and East Germany. Death toll due to them was much higher than attributed to Pinochet. Pinochet was also requested to overthrow Allende by the courts and a coalition in the House of Deputies, since Allende’s party only had maybe 35 percent of the seats in the House of Deputies. That is something you will NEVER hear from the lefty media and academia.


4 posted on 02/27/2010 7:18:22 AM PST by Fred Hayek (From this point forward the Democratic Party will be referred to as the Communist Party)
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To: Fred Hayek; All
--agree--

--time for the Q and A on General Pinochet's "regime"--

--Q) How many Castro supporters were executed in Chile after the downfall of Allende'?

--A) not nearly enough--

5 posted on 02/27/2010 9:31:16 AM PST by rellimpank (--don't believe anything the MSM tells you about firearms or explosives--NRA Benefactor)
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