Leftist Dreams of Revolution Die in Chile

Article originally appeared on amac.us.

Earlier this month, Chileans voted for the second time to elect a Convention tasked with writing a new Constitution. In a reminder that the left should be careful what they wish for, the Chilean right scored a stunning victory.

Conservatives won a total of 34 of the 51 elected seats, enough to submit their draft to the electorate without the support of any left-wing deputies. In an even more striking rebuke of the political establishment, the Republican Party of Jose Antonio Kast (which has been termed “far-right” by the international media due to its founder’s defense of aspects of Augusto Pinochet’s rule) won more than 35 percent of the vote, the highest percentage won by any single party in any Chilean election in more than sixty years.

The results were not merely a demonstration of a global realignment, but a warning to the anti-“constitutional” left around the world, especially in the United States, …

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