Skip to comments.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.
But he won’t get any credit for it anywhere but here. The Chilean people have accomplished miracles with their economy.
True that is why I felt I needed to write this.
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.
--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--
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