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About sanculottist

There are a lot of poor bastards out there being used and abused; it is just not cricket "old bean". Something tells me that ignorance is not bliss, but is, in fact, simply ignorance and in the global village we cannot look the other way.

Piñera and a new bout of smash-and-grab

The New York Times’ description of Chile as a “deeply polarized nation” would reflect my own experience of a country, which desperately needs at least some of the social and economic changes the socialist president, Michelle Bachelet, wanted to implement … Continue reading

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Norman Finkelstein and red lines for the American Jewish Community

Almost five years ago this blog covered Norman Finkelstein’s original attack on the ‘Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement’ and came to the conclusion that it is for the Palestinians to decide whether to accept what is essentially a soft … Continue reading

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Chile and patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel

It was originally conceived as an inkling of Chilean “ressentiment” when our guide in the Atacama desert raged against Bolivians and when, three weeks later, in Pichilemu, a beach resort town in central Chile, a hotel waiter thought it apt … Continue reading

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No flat white coffee in Valdivia and difficult to find one in Valparaiso

Llanquihue in Chile’s los Lagos region to Valdivia is little more than a two-hour drive and it sort of mirrors the experience you might expect if you were to set off from a little village in the Cotswolds and end … Continue reading

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Conversation in Chile and rentier capitalism

Castro on the island of Chiloé is a pleasant little town and, despite the occasional dilapidated building, the town appears quite prosperous. As usual, it is the targeted conversations that reveal a different picture and when you are informed that … Continue reading

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Chile, stupendous scenery, and the Chicago Boys stopping me getting a decent coffee

These are only observations, but the prices being charged in Chile are similar to those in Western Europe, but the service is not. Moreover, while the stupendous scenery does more than compensate for the lack of infrastructure, the poor roads, … Continue reading

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Reflections on Chile during five days with no internet

This was written on December the 29th. On the 24th the plane from Calama arrived in Punta Arenas after a change-over in Santiago and a total of some five and a half hours flying time. On Christmas Day the boat … Continue reading

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