“Political Crisis: In the End, the Problem is Basically Inequality” Juan Andres Guzman, Centro de Investigacion Periodistica, 16 February 2016

“The politicians elected are completely away from the necessities the average Chilean voter has”

The political system is going through its most profound crisis. For Juan Pablo Luna, a political analyst, the scandal on illegal funding has just shown a degradation that has been happening for years. The growing depoliticization of the Chilean society can be seen as a reaction to the fact that all political parties are equal in their methods. People don’t see any difference between left and right. If they work as a unified elite that promotes certain interests and cancels others, people see them as a “political class” and wonder why would they vote for them. The problem of the political system in Chile is not reduced to financing and spending. It is related to how to rebuild the link between the parties and society. The solution involves building parties with different characteristics. But it takes time, and in the end, the main problem in Chile still is inequality. The continuity of inequality has an effect on how the parties are working. The Chilean elite is closed, that generates a bubble effect. What we see in politics is a reflection of inequity, but above all of segregation. You can have more or less unequal societies, but people interact with each other. If a society doesn’t work under that rule, segregation grows and moves to the political and economic system. The solution is complex because it is a vicious cycle. To reduce inequity, you need parties that work on it. But parties won’t be able to do it as long as equity doesn’t improve.

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“Political Crisis: In the End, the Problem is Basically Inequality” Juan Andres Guzman, Centro de Investigacion Periodistica, 16 February 2016

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