Hugo Benedetti is a professor of economics at the business school of the University of the Andes in Santiago, Chile. He describes himself as a “centre-rightist,” and expresses some apprehension about the economic policies of the new government, which will take office in March. Although he says that life has improved by all metrics in Chile over the past 30 years, except for the rising levels of inequality, that factor alone is responsible for the unrest that has grown there. Two years ago the country experienced serious riots, yet there was no agreement as to the nature of the grievances. The right and left parties became more polarized, so he is satisfied that this particular electoral victory was best for the country (apart from its likely economic changes) because it forestalls further riots. He discusses the nature of the constitutional changes that are expected. For the video, audio podcast, transcript, and comments: https://tosavetheworld.ca/episode-392-chiles-new-government/.
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