4 Articles by: Camila Vergara
Camila Vergara is a postdoctoral research scholar at Columbia Law School.
To Crush Chile’s Popular Uprising, Its Government Is Taking a Page from the Fascist Playbook
In the wake of Chile’s popular uprising, the country’s right-wing government is carrying out a ruthless legal crackdown against all forms of protest. Some call it “law-and-order populism” but there’s nothing populist about it — it’s inspired by the penal practices of twentieth-century fascism.
Chile Can Be a Laboratory of Popular Democracy
The social upheaval in Chile has made it clear that the country’s Pinochet-era, neoliberal constitution must go. But the process of replacing it cannot be a top-down affair. Like the popular assemblies that have carried the rebellion forward, it must be based on democratic mass participation.
The Meaning of Chile’s Explosion
The ongoing popular upheaval in Chile is the product of thirty years of neoliberal oligarchy and half-hearted democratization. To uproot the existing power structure, the country needs a new constitution.