The author believes that Chile has the best conditions to implement Switzerland’s “magic recipe”.
It could undoubtedly be the first country in Latin America to do so.
This would close the unsustainable gap that has been created between a citizenry that has achieved a level of wealth and economic independence 3-4 times greater than that of the 1960s, but which remains “stagnant” civically – that is, still in a passive, second-class role, and powerless in the face of a political class that hinders the development towards a civic role and maturity corresponding to its new level of financial autonomy.
The political class has simply failed to make reforms at the level of the functioning of democracy equivalent to those made before 1990 at the economic level.
The reality is that 30 years have been wasted in returning to and continuing to practice “old-fashioned politics”.
And the result is the return to a divided society, where there is great dissatisfaction and major concerns, and in which resentment and distrust towards the political class predominate.
The impression is that a crossroads of historic importance has been reached.
Either Chile succeeds in reforming and “democratizing its democracy”, or it runs the risk of reversing the achievements that have transformed it into the most developed nation in Latin America – by far, and in only 40 years.
The following articles reflect some reflections made in this context.