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Rethinking Pinochet:
In Praise of Strength

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Posted By: DVC, 12/17/2020 11:42:58 PM

Almost nobody is more reviled by the international intelligentsia and media than the late Augusto Pinochet, the late 20th -century Chilean dictator. He holds a prominent position in the political left’s “rogues’ gallery” comprised of those who stood in opposition to their goals. His supposed “crimes” included conducting a military coup to illegitimately grab control of the Chilean government from a popularly elected president, rounding up and torturing huge numbers of innocent citizens (killing as many as 80,000 in the process) and corruptly stealing vast sums of money while ruling as a dictator. But many of those claims are either false or exaggerated

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As frightening as this would be, if we found a true patiot as intelligent as Pinochet clearly was, it might be our best bet at this point. Otherwise, CW 2.0 sounds like our future.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: PChristopher 12/17/2020 11:57:27 PM (No. 635175)
You only hear about Pinochet via the lens of hatred from the bloodsucking Leftists. Pinochet might be a good example of the refreshing of the Tree of Liberty. We aren't at a garden party here.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Mauigirl 12/18/2020 12:46:39 AM (No. 635196)
I always thought Senator Joseph McCarthy was misunderstood and treated poorly as well.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: TruthFetish 12/18/2020 5:18:11 AM (No. 635243)
Pinochet let workers invest retirement money in market investments rather than state-run social security schemes. Those workers are now retired, and quite comfortable!
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Reply 4 - Posted by: montwoodcliff 12/18/2020 8:17:21 AM (No. 635313)
I’m glad to see this article, being an admirer of Pinochet because he turned his country into a prosperous on from being an economic basket case. His methods were harsh, but necessary in order to clean things up. We were on an nature tour there in 2007 and found a clean, shining country. Santiago was booming. It’s a clean, modern city with new high rise buildings and horrible rush hour traffic. Yes, there was abject poverty in some areas and homes in the upscale areas were fenced, but on the whole, the country was very livable. The economists that Pinochet brought in were called the “Chicago Gang”, disciples of Milton Friedman. What Pinochet did worked, from taking over the media and making the “undesirables”, who caused all of the problems disappear. Take note that it was the entire military and police that rebelled, not just the Army! That’s how you right the ship. Doe s anyone see the parallels here?
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Reply 5 - Posted by: MDConservative 12/18/2020 10:23:10 AM (No. 635458)
Like my landlord in Germany told me, "Sometimes a dictatorship is a good thing." Hooray, Pinochet!! And Hitler built the Autobahns, while Mussolini made the trains run on time. Any patriots want a dictatorship here? Exchange one yoke for another. A few thousand "liquidated" so their IRAs continue to grow? There is no need to re-think any dictator if one prizes freedom and all it beings. It's a republican democracy so long as we can keep it.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: DVC 12/18/2020 2:31:10 PM (No. 635719)
#5, it is GONE already. You just fail to admit it because it is a comfy set of chains. There never was the fantasy that you mention a "republican democracy", our founding fathers NEVER used the term "democracy" except as a slander. The correct term is 'representative republic', and that died with this last election when we found that the "representative" part no longer exists. It is now a dictatorship, with some window dressing which pretends to be the old representative republic.....but without our votes....it is DEAD. I'd take a Pinochet style short term patriotic dictatorship in a heartbeat over what the Demonrats have created and are going to create. There is great risk in any dictatorship, no doubt. But we are already GONE now, nothing left to lose except some window dressing and lies about our "freedoms" which no longer exist in reality. People are jailed for operating their restaurants or barbershops, businesses closed on a whim, the economy destroyed based on "science" which is a fraud. Tens of thousands dead because a life saving drug was mentioned by Trump, and therefore subject of massive political fraud, which no doubt caused people to die. The representative republic is DEAD. You can pretend all you want, but it won't change without some sort of a massive, likely bloody upheaval. I hope that there is some peaceful way around it....but I can't see it.
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