A Typical Republican

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Boy, the Republicans sure are friends of the working class, aren’t they? Not to mention the middle classes. Honestly, the rich all across time and space have always governed in the interests of the rich and the upper middle class (top 20% income earners), and they almost always screw the middle class, the working class, the low income people, the poor, the old, the disabled and the kids in the worst possible way.

The old, the disabled and the kids are often screwed hardest of all because they can’t fight back and are largely helpless. I remember under Republican governments here in California, year after year, one thing they always cut was state aid to the blind. It was like a ritual, every year: cut aid to the blind people. This is typical Republicanism. They always attacked those blind people because they are the weakest of all, they have no voice or power and they can’t fight back. Screw the weak, the helpless and the powerless. The more weak, helpless and powerless they are, the harder you screw them over.

My heart always sank every time I read that. “There they go again, cutting aid to the blind,” I would think. And after reading that, my faith in the decency of humanity would usually plunge lower than whale shit, and that’s at the bottom of the ocean. Screw the blind. How evil can you get?

If you make less than $75,000/yr and you vote Republican, you need to have your head examined. That’s the top 20% of income earners in the US. Repeated studies have shown the Republican policies only benefit the top 20% of income earners.

Republican policies are always class war policies. They always involve mass transfer of wealth from the bottom 80% to the top 20%. As a matter of fact, this seems to be true of neoliberalism as a whole. During the “lost decades” of Latin American neoliberalism, repeated studies showed that Latin American neoliberalism was only benefiting the top 20% of the population. The entire 80% of the population was getting reamed hard. The project was simply a mass wealth transfer project from the bottom 80% to the top 20%.

Why do you think Latin America went Left in the past 15 years? Because the policies of the Right had been ruining the people for 20 years. The Right failed them, so they put in the Left. How is that hard to understand?

And studies of neoliberalism globewide showed that it always resulted in dramatic loss of health care and education for the population. It was calculated a while back that neoliberalism had already killed millions of people, mostly by depriving them of health care.

It was fairly similar in Chile, the neoliberal poster child that the rightwingers like to wave around.

Chile is one of the most unequal countries on Earth. The rich and the poor don’t just hate each other, they literally want to murder each other. This is what always happens, without fail, as income inequality rises to high levels. It’s so reliable a finding that we could nearly call is a scientific law. You can see why Marxism claimed to be a science with actual scientific laws.

This glorious Chilean Miracle under Pinochet and successors resulted in mass transfer of wealth from the bottom 67% to the top 33%. The Chilean working class was ruined. I have been told that their wonderful social security privatization is not working out very well at all.

Medical care is to this day largely unavailable. I had thought they had some sort of socialized medicine, but a Chilean counseling client of mine, a regular working class guy, told me that Chilean medical care was largely fee for service, and you had to pay in cash at the time of your appointment. He said it was largely unaffordable, at least for him. I asked him what he did about this, and he told you try not to get sick, and even when you are sick, you don’t go to the doctor. He said he almost never went to the doctor. As you can see, Chilean health care is working out just fine.

This man had a very cynical and defeatist attitude towards the government. He said no matter who’s in power in the country, they only help the rich and they screw everyone else. His faith in the state was about zero.

GDP is largely a junk figure if all the money is going to the rich and the upper middle class. If the money never trickles down, what good is economic growth? It’s worthless.

I could go on and on about this stupid country. Chile’s no poster child or success story for much of anything if you ask me. To me, it’s a story of failure, not success, and it’s a nightmare state, not a showcase country.

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  1. Expat on Republicans

    I am not sure how different America would be if Carter had been elected but Bush ran the U.S. into the ground in about 5 years.

    In 2000 I was overseas and I was sitting in a Pizza Hut with a couple of Marines when Bush was elected. In those days Arabs loved America and loved Marines. We bought their oil and they built a nice city.

    By then we had a good thing going. The Wall was down and America had no deficit. China was a third-world country with a few factories.

    Within a few years America really declined.

    Every time I returned to the U.S. it seemed more downtrodden.

    Was Clinton a moron? Sure, but all he wanted to do was get his dick wet and sell bad real estate and smoke pot.

    Let me ask anybody on this blog who is my age (About 40) if Gen X had it better than Generation Z born in the 2000’s.

    • I’m in my 30s. No doubt that Gen X had it better. No doubt at all.

      Here are some ways in which I, and those older than me had it better (I’m at the Gen X/Gen Y border, though I think on the Gen X side)

      We had a small window of opportunity to by affordable housing in a major capital city in Australia. That’s gone now.
      We had a decade of relative peace, where there was no ongoing major war, or no cold war, no war on terror and no paranoia. The 90’s felt relaxed and to a degree, optimistic and comfortable.
      More cohesive communites, less racial tension. I grew up in a mostly white, middle class suburb. Gen Y won’t be able to offer their children that, at least not near city work.
      Politics wasn’t as insane and divisive.
      Better movies and music.
      At least when I was a child, there were still remnants of the socialist/capitalist hybrid economic that Australia had, a strong welfare safety net and a government which actively worked to create opportunities for all

      I weep for my childrens future.

      • ASSEMBLY LINE HUMAN

        Australia used to be so prosperous that Americans would go there to pick fruit because young people my age in Oz had better job options. You could even have your flight paid to Australia and it was good money. Imagine such a thing in this world economy today!

        When I was 22 America reeled with shock because one madman killed some American tourists in Port Arthur. Our nation was shaken for days. That is how serene the 1990’s were.

        Foreigners in Australia in the 1990’s were Greeks and Italians with some Eastern Europeans. There was not much racial division until first the Vietnamese, then the Chinese and then Sudanese poured in.

        I agree that the 1990’s was an era when an enormous amount of talent from Oz was changing the face of film.

        Ah the 1990’s. What a great time to be young in the Western World.

        • There were still a lot of Asians in the 1990s, lots, but they weren’t as widespread.

          My grandparents came from Southern Europe in the 1950s to Australia. Where I grew up, Southern European whites were the most ‘exotic’, at least in my immediate area. My Grandmother recalls being called names, which she said she didn’t experience while she was living in Nazi Germany. Go figure…

          But there wasn’t much racial division, and it wasn’t a big deal, and Australian culture peaked in the 80’s and continued, albeit slowing down in the 90s.

          Then in 1996 we have Howard and the conservative party here come into power, and he totally screwed up the country. High, very high immigration. Incredibly high rates of immigration. Australia changed so suddenly, as if invaded. Bad middle class welfare and poor housing policy made the Australian dream unaffordable. No spending on infrastructure. Australia started to become an angry, greedy place. There is little left of what I remember. The War on Terror.

          The movie “The Castle”, is a really good representation of the Australia I grew up in during the 90’s. It was actually filmed quite close to where I lived, and life was really like that for us (except most of us didn’t have a brother in jail). Families secure in their own home with a backyard. People who knew their neighbours well. An egalitarian society where each person was content to have their own modest piece of the Australian dream. A far more relaxed place.

          Today, the population is in a panic to secure the last remaining affordable places. Density is increasing. Wealth inequality is skyrocketing. That suburban image is replaced with high density, communist style apartment blocks to be filled with “new Australians” who really just take advantage of the country.

      • When I was young Australia had to import Americans to pick fruit. They would pay your ticket and everything. Australian young people were doing so well that none of them would do these jobs. For Americans it was good money.

        How long ago and prosperous those days were.

        American reeled with shock when one disturbed man killed a few American tourists (I was 22 at the time). Now mass shooting occur in America every week.

      • Yee

        If Australians feel life is getting worse instead of better, then something is definitely wrong.

        Because Australia is about to break the record of the world’s longest economic growth of 25 consecutive years, come April 2017. The old record is held by the Ducth from1982 till 2008.

        You’re supposed to have better life when economy grows.

        • deSPICable Me

          YEE
          Remember Robert says (real) GDP growth is a junk figure because it does not measure where the wealth goes.

        • Yee

          Maybe the Aussies are spoiled… High wages, free medical, low college fee, relax life style etc., they have them all, so they’re bored.

        • You’re supposed to have better life when economy grows.

          Thats not true. Life in Australia is rapidly deteriorating, in particular the major cities. Congestion, housing unaffordability, growing social division are the biggest factors. Not to mention that Australia is becoming demographically broken.

          People keep spouting how economic growth is good, but no one seems to be able to tell me how specifically they are better off, personally.

          The economic growth comes down to three things. The mining boom, which was spurred by Chinese appetite for resources, high immigration, purely to boost GDP numbers and mask that our GDP growth per capita is declining and housing, or more accurately, the housing ponzi scheme which has resulted in world leading private debt. The wealth went to some people, and other parts of the economy languished. We have two economies really, the inflated asset market and whoring ourselves to China so they can screw us in the arse, and everything else which is just ticking along.

          This isn’t benefitting most Australians. The system keeps pushing this economic growth mantra, but the fact is we’re not experiencing a better life. I’m sure it benefits those who get paid to say that economic growth is good.

          We need a recession, and we need it now. Our economy is so off balance, so distorted that only a recession can fix it and bring it back to normal.

          I’d rather not have the “growth”.

        • Yee

          Assembly Line Human

          Face it, you’re a resource and agriculture exporter. If you don’t whore to China, you whore to Japan or India or Vietnam.

          You can’t whore to the USA, because the Yankees not only have Canada and Latin America, they have a lot of what you have themselves. You want to sell coal, iron ore, natural gas, beef, fruits, seafood, milk and butter to the Yankees?

          Australia has too small a population, too high a wage, too few engineers, not as geographically important as Singapore to develop any meaningful industry.

          “Communist apartment building”? You’re really funny. Well, you can always buy a capitalist ranch house if you don’t like them. Apartment buildings looks the same whether communist or capitalist.

          If you want a recession, you can always move to Brazil. They’re having it for 2 year now.

  2. Republicans are quite cynical in their manipulations of the white poor.

    When they want a war, they get them to show up and then drag their feet on the VA benefits.

    They know they will always vote for jobs.

    Will always be Right to Work.

    Will swallow a bunch of bullshit about family values to have offspring and pay taxes because they have no time to question anything.

    Will do what the government tells them to.

  3. A TYPICAL REPUBLICAN

    The life of a typical Republican is a litmus test.

    He or she lacks the intellect to weather any sort of social storm so it warps their life like play doe.

    Race relations effect them because they are poorer than Jews or WASPS so they have to fight NAMS in Popeye or attend violent public schools.

    This is largely because the girls are sluts when young because their fathers oversexualized them by stimulating their genitals as little girls because Republican males are less attractive to grown women when they are drunk.

    Most young poor single mothers are Republican’s daughters. Jews and Asians rarely have children out of wedlock even though they are responsible for 90% of the porn that destroys Republican marriages.

    They are from a state far from the water. Rich liberal elitist scum and gays and Jews and Asians like water. Particularly beachfront property.

    They believe family values means have children by 25 when you have a high school education.

    Possibly this is the only way to get nice Republican girls to screw. Put a roof over their head and a car in a garage. The problem is most Republicans are not qualified to afford it.

    They do not travel often. Since they do not leave the country they think Arabs live in goat tents when in fact Dubai makes their rural town or exurb or city look like the sandbox and not vice versa.

    Because their IQ is under 115 they are very susceptible to mass media programming. Reality TV where a camera follows some dumb Arab broad whose Dad got famous for doing coke with OJ or a bunch of hairy extras from ZZ TOP bickering in a rubber duck factory in the fetid swamps of some bayou.

  4. REPUBLICANS & MASS MEDIA

    The Republican has not cultural traditions in general because he comes from mongrel Colonial old stock so therefore his heritage is television and music.

    In the 1990’s he learned to distrust the government from the X-Files and Steven Seagal films.

    Then when Bush needed him to fight for Haliburton the mass media did an about-face and presented the government as heroic though it was screwing the white working class more than ever.

    Bush so disgraced Republicans as white alcoholic bums who do not want to pay taxes that Obama was elected on a tide of white guilt. Thus began the era of white-guilt porn.

  5. The neoliberal right, and the regressive, politically correct left want to do the same thing, in my opinion.

    Liquidate our Western social, cultural and demographic capital. Pull down civilisation.

    The reg-left want to give it away to anyone who wants it, and the neo-liberal right want to keep it all for themselves, and sell pieces back to us at a profit.

    What strikes me about these Republican types, and their analogues in Australia, is just how crude and uncultured they really are. They’re knowledge of politics, statesmanship, economics, philosophy and sociology seems to be strictly limited to how to give the wealthy more.

    It’s as if the entire project of Western political and social development, to them, culminates to one simple goal. Rich people deserve to have everything they can grab.

    These guys are the enemy of civilised society. They are the prime cause for the decline in our nation, moreso than gay marriage or trans rights, or even Islamic terrorism.

    I can think of no greater threat to the future of our nations, and the well-being and status of our descendants, than these Right Wing neoliberal Capitalist fucks.

    • DIVERSITY & THE OLIGARCHY

      Americans are warned away from Lebanese and Sudanese suburbs in Australia by travel companies.

      Never mind that white Australians are homeless. At least Chinese, Lebanese own everything and Sudanese that will never do anything but be on charity their entire lives will get generous benefits.

      Exactly how this benefits the rich to such an incredible extent is puzzling. How much could the Sudanese government have paid in bribes to export thousands of its most unemployable citizens to Oz.

      Chinese. The only business they want to do with whites is supplying heroin because Chinese frown on dealers who poison kids in their own suburbs. They do not want to be white Australians. They do not care about Australian culture.

      • I see Sudanese mothers with multiple kids, in suburbs that even an education professional would struggle to afford, driving a new BMW. Sure they have public housing, but I’m paying for that. I’m paying for thier kids, their car, their access to a great location.

        My wife did respite work, and she was shocked at how these people, and some of the Arabs who came here, made off with benefits and what they were able to accumulate on the tax payers dime.

        This isn’t Daily Mail style made up propaganda, its real.

        Whites are such cucks. White people of 75 years ago would never have tolerated this.

        • ASSEMBLY LINE HUMAN

          Why is it that a white American can find a job in Australia picking fruit or tending bar as many do just for a holiday AND SUDANESE CANNOT DO ANYTHING?

          American air traffic controllers immigrated to Australia in the thousands in 1981-1982. Why have they integrated?

          Why is whites are not on welfare from Italy, Greece, Balkans? To the credit of the Italians and the Vietnamese even if they have to hands they will work.

        • ASSEMBLY LINE

          Why is it Americans can find some menial job in Australia like fruit-picking or bartending for holiday work advertised in the U.S. but Sudanese have to be on welfare?

          Why does Australia have advertise for fruit pickers in the United States when it has Sudanese on welfare? Can’t they do something.

          Italians and Greeks came with no money and turned Melbourne into a prosperous city. Even the Lebanese work if they have two hands.

          When 50,000 US air traffic controllers arrived from the U.S. after Reagan broke the union they integrated into Australian society.

          Even the Vietnamese at least work.

    • deSPICable Me

      ALH
      Non-Whites and social issues like Gay marriage are ‘tools’ of the Neoliberal elite in that it provides fake goals/a distraction.

      But at the same time Australia is another Anglo prole “rugged individualist”/government leave me alone in the wilderness type country.
      We can not ignore this. It was bound to fall behind Europe

      • Yee

        Welfare state works fine, as long as the rich willing to pay taxes.

        Europe is looking at bigger trouble then Australia. At least Australia don’t have economics problems.

        It is resources rich, and even better, a great variety of them too. Unless all Asian countries fail together, someone will always buy from them. If not China, then Japan or India or Vietnam.

    • ASSEMBLY LINE An American Remembers Australia 83

      My Uncle moved to Oz to work for Argyle. He was a milliner.

      Americans admired Oz with its combination of level-headed politicians, smart Pauline Hanson watchdogs, self-made millionaires and so on.

      Back then immigrants were Italians and Greeks whom the likes of Hanson accused of not assimilating. Imagine complaining about a few Goombahs now?

      Almost anybody who wanted to a job could get one.

      There was some concern about Vietnamese at that time. If they would integrate.

      • Australians now always talk about how the “Greek and Italians” were a success story, always, always, in conjunction with an affirmation that we’ll experience the same with the Africans, Indians or whoever else is coming in now. As if it would be the exact same thing over again.

        Greeks and Italians went from ‘immigrant wogs’ to people with White Privilege and European Colonisers of Australia almost instantly. As a result, even far-right Australian Nationalists consider them racial allies now.

        • Italian-Americans WOULD inflict serious violence on an Anglo-Saxon who called them that.

          Australian tourists to New York take note.

          Melbourne was kind of a backwater before the Italians and the Greeks arrived.

          I mean at least they have decent food and architecture and wine.

        • Oz tourists take note that calling Italian-Americans a “wog” will probably end in needing traveler’s medical insurance in the event they visit New York.

  6. James Schipper

    Dear Robert

    You wrote that under Pinochet there was a mass transfer of wealth from the bottom 33% to the top 67%. Surely, you meant that the transfer went from the bottom 67% to the top 33%.

    Regards. James

  7. JAMES

    Typical of Republican meddling he was backed by the United States.

    • Why is it that a white American can find a job in Australia picking fruit or tending bar as many do just for a holiday AND SUDANESE CANNOT DO ANYTHING?

      American air traffic controllers immigrated to Australia in the thousands in 1981-1982. Why have they integrated?

      Why is whites are not on welfare from Italy, Greece, Balkans? To the credit of the Italians and the Vietnamese even if they have to hands they will work.

      Because the Sudanese aren’t Westerners.

      I can posit two reasons. Firstly, up until the mid 80’s, getting a job was easy. I worked with a Hungarian guy who came here in the 80s, and he LITERALLY walked into a tyre production workshop, asked if there was work and was working THE SAME DAY.

      Secondly, there was more demand for this type of work, and there were working class, modest suburbs to live in. These suburbs, about 5-10ks from the city weren’t flash, but they had factories and warehouses and all kinds of blue collar work. We actually had a good social safety net, a no bullshit government job agency and as long as you turned up to work and worked, you were golden. Australia used to manufacture stuff. Plenty of work.

      But they had a work ethic, and that work ethic paid off. Australia during the 60s -80s was a kind of Scandinavian Socialist/Capitalist hybrid. You had to work though. The country looked after you, but you had to work. You could.

      The biggest difference is the sense of entitlement. I was raised by my SE European parents and grandparents to make your own way. Living off the state wasn’t a lifestyle, a last resort. Many Asians also think like this, but I don’t think they value work the same way. They are more status oriented, that is, its more important to have an image of wealth and status.

      But many of our poorer immigrants and refugees are given a LOT, and many just don’t seem to be too motivated to make their own way. I

      • ASSEMBLY Another question

        When the Lebanese and Vietnamese arrived in Australia reports of organized crime and drug barons began to make American headlines-the Vietnamese mafia kidnappers, street crime in Lebanese suburbs of Melbourne.

        Was this that these groups were not Western or that the economy slumped by the time they arrived in Australia?

  8. JAMES

    Globalization has been so closely been linked with Democrats that it has been forgotten that Republicans basically installed Pinochet and other regimes.

    Latin American lunatics who pledged hatred of Communism could get all the funding from Nixon and Reagan that they wanted.

  9. Yee

    Chile is basically a resource economy with a small population of 17 million, hardly a suitable sample for analysis of an economic system.

    Chile produces over 30% of the world’s copper, the rest is mainly agriculture and service sector. The economy is heavily influenced by copper price.

    By the way, Chile exports lots of fruits to China, dominate the market in the spring season, actually.

  10. Beauregard

    The new Healthcare proposal is a loser, even compared to ACA.

    It removes the mandate tax, and instead places a fee for those who opted out but sign up later.
    Such will discourage people from signing up, and drive up the cost because the ‘pool’ is primary sick people.

    But it DOES please the anti-government ‘rugged individualists’ who don’t have to sign up, but will definitely want to sign up once they get sick.

  11. Jason Y

    Typical cultural right mockery – like going after trans-niggers and queers also is bashing the weak.

    • Hey! Leave the transniggers alone. I’m a transnigger myself dammit.

      • TJF

        To Rob:
        Tempting though it may be I’ll refrain from saying you’re my (trans) ngga.
        Not critiquing your use of language but for myself, after growing up in the “Heart of Dixie” all N variants just sound vulgar. In my teens I was called “n
        ggrlover” multiple times and oddly now about twice a year I am called ngg*r – I guess because it’s become a generic swear word.

  12. Jason Y

    The old, the disabled and the kids are often screwed hardest of all because they can’t fight back and are largely helpless. I remember under Republican governments here in California, year after year, one thing they always cut was state aid to the blind. It was like a ritual, every year: cut aid to the blind people. This is typical Republicanism. They always attacked those blind people because they are the weakest of all, they have no voice or power and they can’t fight back. Screw the weak, the helpless and the powerless. The more weak, helpless and powerless they are, the harder you screw them over.

    Boyhood rituals of “smear the queer” lead to the same attitude.

  13. Jason Y

    I can understand the bashing of the extreme cultural left by certain leftists, normally noted for defending the weak. However, it’s easy to draw the line between “the different” and people who cut their balls off etc.. I mean, I have no qualm against an art student, but a transsexual with plastic surgery is another thing. Finally, bashing people who are strange of no fault of their own is wrong.

  14. Jason Y

    I think a big thing against the disabled – a group who is strange of no fault of their own – is the fact many don’t work. I mean, it’s not only Republicans who resent them, but also a lot of working class assholes. For instance, you might go to Trash’s small town diner and there will be some mocking gestures against the disabled.

    OK, I will spill the beans. 😆 They were making fun of me. boo hoo..

    I wonder, though, with some of these women, why they’re working in low-class jobs. I think it’s karma for being mean. They just never grow out of that middle school age.

  15. Jason Y

    I think one thing to note about Republicans is that a big reason they bash the poor – is cause so many are on drugs. For instance, they might use a small portion of their money for food, use the rest for drugs – and then try to bum money from relatives for cable TV or more drugs.. Also, due to low funds they often live in slum conditions cause they don’t want to use funds to keep the place in good condition.

    That’s why some Republicans despite the poor. But I’m not necessarily saying such an attitude is right.

    Let’s discuss this. OK, Robert has noted the poor do drugs and drink cause their life sucks and apparently the right-wing economy made them that way. Note, though, the mean gimp bashing women at Trash’s Diner also do drugs, but they do work.

    • Jason Y

      Drugs are both an economy and an escape. When you have 4 kids and have been a victim of domestic violence and live in poverty sometimes you just want a cheap vacation.

      • Jason Y

        Cheaper vacation, but not Total Recall. 😆

        • JASON Y

          Meth heads and cocaine users are looking to work harder to make ends meet. Oxy and crackheads are effectively suicidal for lack of anything much to look forward to in life. The way the see it, the poor man sleeps.

    • I don’t think the government pays welfare receivers cash anymore. Its all vouchers and coupons and so on.

      This is why tweakers in particular are always stealing things. They never have money.

      • Jason Y

        Wrong Trash. It’s still mostly cash. However, Republicans, assuming they don’t want to destroy all of it, want to move toward vouchers and want drug testing.

        By the way, I forgot another thing welfare druggies do. They lie about paying rent. That gives them more benefits.

        So I understand Republicans seem heartless at times, but there is a reason, sort of.

        • This will only drive more druggies to sell small amounts in turn driving drug-burns that in turn drive homicides and property crime.

      • Jason Y

        Oh, yeah, some people buy and sell vouchers for cash etc.. That’s why there are warnings at the supermarket about it.

        • JASON Y

          One reason poor people buy and sell drugs is the same reason people who hold unskilled jobs do. Wages are too small.

          In other developed countries there is less of an incentive for a factory foreman to sell pounds of weed. He makes a decent wage. No doctor in Europe is dealing Oxy on the side.

          This is merely a reflection of how low the standard of living has gotten in the U.S.

  16. TJF

    To Rob:
    Chile is one of the most unequal countries on Earth. The rich and the poor don’t just hate each other, they literally want to murder each other.

    Is that still the case..?
    Pinochet stepped down in 1990 (although he still had much sway until 1998) and supposedly every president of Chile except one, since the return to civilian government, has ruled left of center.

    The current president of Chile (her second term) describes herself as a socialist – her father worked for Allende and was killed by the Pinochet government. She was incarcerated by the DINA later released and spent four years of her exile in East Germany.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michelle_Bachelet

    Health
    Currently Chile has the second lowest infant mortality rate in Latin America:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_infant_mortality_rate

    and the best life expectancy:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_life_expectancy

    HDI is second highest in Latin America (after Argentina)
    http://hdr.undp.org/en/composite/HDI

    And the murder rate is the lowest of all listed Latin American countries (and the US):
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_intentional_homicide_rate

    Assessment of Chilean healthcare from the New England Journal of Medicine:
    http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1514202

    That said, this article (plus some interesting comments) describes Chile’s class issues (which basically afflicts almost all of Latin America):

    http://www.nathanlustig.com/2015/11/26/the-best-thing-a-chilean-can-do-is-to-leave-chile/

    I hope Ms Bachelet is the real deal but Latin America has a long history of white (or nearly so) rulers who profess to be “for the people” by raising social spending and taxes (but not on their cronies) all the while lining pockets for themselves and their friends. Mexico has honed this system to a fine art.

    http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2014/09/slimlandia-the-land-of-mexican-oligarchs.html

    • Ok well if Chile has been governed from the Left since 1990, how is Chile this neoliberal, laissez-faire, Libertarian, Republican showcase. Sounds more like it is a leftwing showcase.

      The Left stages marches and protests all the time, often is support of Allende. Rightists, of whom there are many supporters still meet them and there is wild street fighting. Rightists then stage marches often in support of Pinochet. The Left shows up and there is wild street fighting.

      There was a video on Youtube a while back showing the coup that removed Allende and the aftermath. The comments were flooded with Chilean rightwingers saying, “See, all Communists must be killed”, “kill the Commies”, “This is why all Communists must be killed”. They were all pretty much saying KILL ALL COMMUNISTS. There were scores of these people protesting.

      • TJF

        To Robert:

        There was a video on Youtube a while back showing the coup that removed Allende and the aftermath. The comments were flooded with Chilean rightwingers saying..

        I guess Chile has their version of the mighty keyboard warrior like the US. No shortage of white shit for brains running around say they’re going get rid of all the Jews and blacks.. then you have a fair number of blacks running around saying they’re going to get rid of their white oppressors.. etc. Totally delusional twats. Maybe rightists are a serious problem in Chile but I don’t consider YouTube comments a proper gauge of sentiment and support.

        Ok well if Chile has been governed from the Left since 1990, how is Chile this neoliberal, laissez-faire, Libertarian, Republican showcase.

        Do right wingers still get a hard-on for Chile..?
        Headline from Forbes 3 years ago:
        “Michelle Bachelet Is Destroying Chile’s Free Market Institutions”
        (Michelle Bachelet is the current president..)
        https://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2014/08/26/michelle-bachelet-is-destroying-chiles-free-market-institutions/#b7e2ada6818f

        The Left stages marches and protests all the time, often is support of Allende. Rightists, of whom there are many supporters still meet them and there is wild street fighting. Rightists then stage marches often in support of Pinochet. The Left shows up and there is wild street fighting.

        Did some searches.. looks like the bigger demonstrations were over education and state (or lack of it) support. Seem to follow the US model – most of the protests are peaceful but then you have “the hooded ones” raising a ruckus. I couldn’t find anything that indicated there were large counter protests by rightists – not saying that didn’t happen but I just couldn’t find them If you have a link or links I’ll take a look.

        Chile has been governed from the Left since 1990..
        Sebastián Piñera who ruled from 2010 – 2014 according to Wikipedia was right leaning, Sounds like the big student demonstrations started during his term.

        As I said before:
        I hope Ms Bachelet is the real deal but Latin America has a long history of white (or nearly so) rulers who profess to be “for the people” by raising social spending and taxes (but not on their cronies) all the while lining pockets for themselves and their friends. Mexico has honed this system to a fine art.

        • Pinochet would never had tolerated such things, would he? There was a time when an American journalist taking a picture in Chile would disappear.

          So one should actually be happy for the freedom Chileans now enjoy.

          Protests among the young are going to more and more frequent as technology spells the end of more jobs, older people stay in the work force longer, 22 year olds born to Generation Xers of the 60’s cannot possibly hope to attend college because Gen X never made decent money.

          This is not just Mestizos getting ripped off by old-money Basque families down in Chile though the vague racist angle does not really help.

        • If Red Man and White Man conflict stayed over the border it would not matter.

          But Latin America exports its race problem to the United States simply because Spanish people-Basque mostly and Andalusian-do not want to have a fair and equal society.

        • White keyboard warriors only complain of Andalusian people in Mexico because they have made their Indian problem the United States Indian problem while Canada manages to simply keep them on welfare on reservations.

        • Question for TJF I want TO LEARN SOMETHING HERE

          How do 5 Spanish families in Mexico or the Gallegos dictators of South America (Pinochet, Castro etc) manage to maintain such a dominance over huge nations of Indians or half-Indians?

          What is the problem between Andalusian and Basque Whites in Latin America and the Indian population?

          Where do Mestizos enter into this leftover of the oldest conflict on North American soil between Red Man and White Man?

        • TJF

          Latin America’s race problem becomes that of the United States but the question is how a handful of Spanish families-Basque mostly, with a few Andalusian and French ones thrown in-manage to stay on top and horde the wealth?

        • TJF

          There is no way to get rid of either group though the latter is concentrated in dense pockets far away from the interior that most White Nationalists live in anyhow.

          If you think the U.S. is shit, which I do, you can leave. If illegal immigration is your issue than Latin America should probably be struck of your list.

          Most Hispanic, Black and Jewish-Americans will not move to Australia. Why is not a question I can quite answer. They simply are rare. The white nationalist can sort of be around a bunch other white people from the primal white proletariat class (Convicts).

          Asia is available though as you have mentioned some NAMS do live there.

          Other white countries are difficult to actually obtain a citizenship for.

        • I guess Chile has their version of the mighty keyboard warrior like the US. No shortage of white shit for brains running around say they’re going get rid of all the Jews and blacks.. then you have a fair number of blacks running around saying they’re going to get rid of their white oppressors.. etc. Totally delusional twats. Maybe rightists are a serious problem in Chile but I don’t consider YouTube comments a proper gauge of sentiment and support.

          You don’t know anything about Latin America. Really the entire rightwing down there is exactly like this. The rich, elite Whites’ basic attitude is “All Communists must be killed.” A huge % of the population down there is still pro-Pinochet, and this is precisely how they think. I have been engaged in deep study of this continent for 30 years.

          The Left stages marches and protests all the time, often is support of Allende. Rightists, of whom there are many supporters still meet them and there is wild street fighting. Rightists then stage marches often in support of Pinochet. The Left shows up and there is wild street fighting.

          Did some searches.. looks like the bigger demonstrations were over education and state (or lack of it) support. Seem to follow the US model – most of the protests are peaceful but then you have “the hooded ones” raising a ruckus. I couldn’t find anything that indicated there were large counter protests by rightists – not saying that didn’t happen but I just couldn’t find them If you have a link or links I’ll take a look.

          Ok well I believe I read this some time ago. It could well have been years ago, or a decade ago. But at one time in recent history, this is how it was. Perhaps the Left vs. Right riots have quieted down in recent years, but that’s the way it was not long ago. Protests in Chile have historically been far more riotous and violent than demos in the US. There’s not really any comparison. Anyway, violent riots on the US Left are a relatively new phenomenon. Trump is a corrupt, vicious and evil ultraright dictator ruling in a typical Latin American model. All of the Latin American Right is exactly like Donald Trump. That’s why the Left is so violent down there. Trump has succeeded in finally bringing Latin American ultraright fascism to America. So it follows that we are following the Latin American model in that the Left has grown militant and Left demos now often turn riotous and violent just as they do in Latin America.

          This sort of thing is so predictable that you can write near mathematical laws of political science predicting it. A nation can only go so far to the extreme right and it can only become unequal to a certain level. Once it passes that level, it has crossed some sort of Rubicon and now in most any nation you automatically get a militant, riotous and violent Left. It’s as close to a law as the sort you can get in mathematics and physics.

          The Indians are treated horribly and engage in continuous demonstrations which usually turn into riots. I was following Latin American politics a lot on the Net a few years back, and most demos in Chile seemed to turn into the typical Latin American demonstration -> riot progression. Most demos down there turn riotous from my observation, at least in Venezuela, Peru, Chile, Bolivia, Brazil, and even Mexico. The conditions are so insanely unequal down there that any working class demo quickly turns into a riot.

          I am leaving out Argentina, but the Argentine Right was recently calling for a military coup against Kirchner. In Paraguay, a legislative coup threw out the leftwinger. A legislative coup just threw out Rouseff, the left president of Brazil. There have been many coup and quasi-coup attempts in Venezuela.You could well say there has been a continuous coup since 2002. In Colombia, yes, left demos usually turn violent or riotous. On the other hand, if you are on the Left down there, you can be murdered by the government at any time. There was a military coup in Honduras and now anyone on the Left can be killed at any time. Death squads have killed over 1,000 people. A US coup removed Aristide in Haiti. The new US installed government quickly murdered 3,000 people.

          Why you are trying to polish this Latin American turd is beyond me.

        • The Chilean Left, the Socialist Party and Bachelet are good people. Bachelet’s party is the party of Allende after all. In the past, the Socialists were sort of boxed in and could not do much in the way of progressive politics due to deals with the IMF and the World Bank, but Bachelet won on a radical platform and I think she is actually going to make some changes. Bachelet is probably the most Left president in Chile since Allende.

        • Trash, there are few to no Indians in Cuba.

          Castro should not be thrown in with the rest because no matter what you think of his model, he was definitely trying to create a fair and equal society.

        • Jason Y

          Chile isn’t white like Argentina, so naturally a lot of the population doesn’t want white rulers. It’s just simple nationalism.

    • TJF

      Chile had few Indians from my understanding and no racial pyramid actually exists like that of Mexico where whites, mestizos and natives are politicized in an uneasy and unequal caste system.

  17. YEE

    Generally Chinese in Australia are business and real estate developers as oppose to engineers.

    Engineers are as common as blades of grass in Australia.

    Australia is in Asia and England is no longer able to hold in the Western orbit. So it is going to be Southeast Asia no matter.

    • Yee

      If Australian engineers are as good as the German ones, then they may try to build another industrial hub.

      Only 3 in the world now, North America, West Europe, East Asia.

      As far as I can see, Australia’s future is very clear. They don’t have a self sufficient economy, well, actually no country has one. They must sell their stuff to someone.

      Going anti-China is pointless. If they want an example, just take a look at Mongolia, although a bit extreme. Don’t want to sell to China? No problem, plenty of countries have natural resources.

      • Australian’s want to do business in China, they just don’t want to sell their OWN homes and farms to China.

        • Assembly Line Human

          There are some shrewd Greek and Italian businessmen in Melbourne from what I hear.

          Are you telling me the Chinese are running that rampant over the same Australia that has produced tycoons like Murdoch or the like?

        • That bad?

          How do the Chinese accomplish the in a free society where property is the basic law of the citizen?

        • ASSEMBLY LINE HUMAN Chinese Settlement Patterns

          Chinese who immigrate will settle around coastlines and particularly the nearest to their point of departure. They seem to congregate in cities and have no interest in rural or even exurb life.

          Chinese form Chinatowns out of choice, which Yee may not know. They are not rounded up at gunpoint and corral-like imprisoned. One problem this has caused in New York and LA is that the population density of Chinese becomes quite concentrated into poverty by default because rent goes up.

          What does the Australian government gain from a vast Chinese immigration?

        • Yee

          Trash,

          I know Chinese form Chinatown voluntarily. All ethic group do that. Africans in my city do that too. So do the Brazilians.

          Chinese is a 4% minority in Australia. And already Australians want to stop them buying homes and farms. Where is the confidence of the powerful Whites?

        • Yee

          “What does the Australian government gain from a vast Chinese immigration?”

          This is not a question you should ask, Trash, a well traveled person who has seen places like Dubai and Singapore….People create wealth.

      • YEE

        You did actually make laws to limit the influence and power of Portuguese in Macau. Chinese have not always been that happy to see a load of whites take over their country either. In fact you kicked whites out Taiwan.

        • Yee

          You’re wrong, Trash.
          Macau was a Portuguese colony, it’s law was written by Portuguese, with lousy Chinese translation. This is why legal field is still dominated by Portuguese, because no Chinese want to learn the language.

          After handover, all law unchanged, only add a constitutional law. Since Macau isn’t a sovereign state, so the law is called basic law not constitution.

          Chinese state is very politically correct, no way they will make law or policies discriminating minorities. On the contrary, us majority are the one who are oppressed, in order to create a harmonious environment. We’re not stupid Malays whose majority needs protecting.

          Foreigners using guns and cannons to gain control of our country of course were hated, who would be? But you’re welcomed to buy what you want with cash nowadays.

  18. YEE

    I personally have only been intimidated three or four times by Chinese men. I’m not big-174 cm, 88 kilos.

    The first was by a Chinese-Filipino co-worker I was told fire by my Chinese-Filipino boss. His family was powerful in Cebu and he was bigger than I am physically. I’ve related this story.

    Second time was a Taiwanese guy in Cebu Chinatown who came up from behind in the dark and wrestled with me. He was drunk and I thought he was mugging me but he let me go and walked off laughing. Still I did not see him and had no idea what was happening. He was short but heavyset and strong.

    The third time I accidentally interrupted a gambling game inside a local convenience store and a big Chinese guy who was playing threatened me for entering the store-though it had a sign saying OPEN.

    I’m not sure if my skin color was the reason or just was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

    Finally, Chinese-Filipinos are a LOW BREED OF CHINESE who have adopted some of the bad habits of Malays just as some Chinese-Americans in LA imitate blacks. They do not really represent China and generally the Chinese who came to the Philippines were the peasants to begin with.

    But make no mistake, I have felt fear and intimidation a few times. I am also sure that IF I WAS CHINESE they would not have behaved this way.

    What could I do? I am in Asia. I did not go overseas to fight in the street with fools.

    • Yee

      I’m sure even thugs are not as bad as some races. Chinese don’t have a hype masculine culture, and that include the thugs. Violence usually is a means for gain.

      • YEE Thugs & Freedom

        It is not easy to be a violent criminal in China so they become super-criminals in Canada or the United States.

        Jail with computer courses and three hot meals and a job does not scare them.

        Chinese thugs are not really afraid of crime and punishment.

      • More than one white guy or black guy has been intimidated in Hong Kong or China and afraid he was going to be hurt seriously by tough Chinese guys. This is the point I am making.

        • Yee

          It’s very rare if that happen. Chinese tend to avoid confrontation. It’s not that easy to start a fight.

  19. YEE

    If some foreigner fired you who showed in the Philippines 3 months earlier you might react like Raymond did.

  20. YEE

    I built a house that cost $20,000 and I suppose it will belong to my children someday. My wife owned the property of course.

    My sister-in-law opened a restaurant.

    Each month $1000 of my income goes into the local economy.

  21. Authoritarianism is counter-active to socialism-its like society as a family with Dad an abusive domestic violence-prone drunk-and this has been why Latin American and Arab socialism has stumbled.

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