Chilean students have taken over schools and city streets in the largest protests the country has seen in decades for free education

 
In a lesson that should be learned here in the US, Chilean students have taken over schools and city streets in the largest protests the country has seen in decades.  Chile suffered under the neo-liberal economics of Milton Friedman carried out by the brutal Chilean dictator Augustus Pinochet for close to two decades.  Everything was privatized and if you wish to see how students in Chile, now facing the same austerity cuts that the neo-liberals are proposing to bail-out the one percent, are doing you can see the documentary below.
 
Here in the US students must form a Student Union for teachers at this juncture are capitulating to the forces of privatization and in doing, so creating the material conditions of a neo-fedual world of concentrated capital (see the new Chicago Teacher Union agreement and its critique as just one example of how poorly the leadership of teacher unions are doing in both not educating their members as to what the issues are under capitalism and how this translates into cuts in funding for schools, but it shows the how they are also laying the groundwork for their own demise as they surrender authority to Rahm Emmanuel and CPS: http://www.wsws.org/tools/index.php?page=print&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wsws.org%2Farticles%2F2012%2Faug2012%2Fchic-a01.shtml).
 
The real difference in Chile in their attempt to escape neo-liberal tyranny is that the students in the country are demanding free education, and an end to the privatization of their schools and universities, not waiting around for poliiticians or the ‘adults’ who make promises to break their word.   Same thing in Mexico where unions have failed and students have taken to the forefront (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yo_Soy_132).  You can join them in their struggle and learn more at the Facebook site: http://www.facebook.com/marchaYoSoy132
 
 
The protests in Chile are causing much needed political crisis for Sebastian Pinera, the country’s president.  In Mexico the protests are also causing problems for the new ruling dictatorship that stole the recent vote for president.
 
But what are the underlying issues driving the anger?  The same as those everywhere the privatization and financialization of education  has reared its global head and more.  Each country suffering under the ‘Shock Doctrine’ will manifest diseased behavior differently but the students of Chile are just part of what we need to see in the US.
 
As the demonstrations in Chile coincide with protests erupting globally, Fault Lines follows the Chilean student movement during their fight in a country plagued by economic inequality.  You can too!
 
The Greek crisis, Mexican crisis and the Chilean crisis are all here now and are errupting in American cities and at a rapid pace.
 
California will soon see its own moment of urban rage and rebellion if Governor Brown’s awful tax plan is not adopted.  The Governor threatens more and more cuts to schools and education as he dismantles his own father’s vision of higher education.
 
Watch the full documentary now
 
 
 
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Dr. Danny Weil is an investigative journalist, author and public interest attorney who practiced public interest law for more than twenty years and has been published in a case of first impression in California.He now lives in Ecuador.

 
  • muckfoot

    Incredible come to the u.k …..it cant give education away but then again the chilean kids would insist on packing a piece… the worst the uk has is pedofile teachers combing your hair in class wearing a tweed suit ….not that it did me any harm untill i was a bald 17yo school leaver with a tweed fetish and 100,000 merit points that actually accounted for nothing when i went for a job interview …you live and learn :)