We don't envy Chile. Not where they're headed
“The middle class considers it unfair that some rich people are born
with a silver spoon in their mouths,” Oscar Mac-Clure of Universidad de
Los Lagos told The Santiago Times.
Mac-Clure is the principal investigator of the Fondecyt Project, a sociological investigation into “average people’s” perception of the rich.
According to the study — a part of Project Inequality,
an inter-university investigation into the stratification of Chilean
Just what every country needs, a professional class devoted to envy.
“The middle class thinks that the rich are devoid of humanity in
their relationships with others, that they are arrogant, despotic and
lack humility. This is a major problem because it creates a divide
between the wealthy and the rest of society,” he said.
At least it creates work for el professorado
Sociologist Luis Miguel Rodrigo, a professor at Universidad Católica
del Norte, pointed to Chile’s colonial past as one reason behind
contemporary social disparity.
“The ethno-racial dimension of societies with colonial pasts explains
why those societies end up having more unequal social groups in a more
entrenched system,” Rodrigo told The Santiago Times. “This component,
along with a lack of social rights and economic redistribution, explains
why there is less social mobility in Chilean society.”
Then there's always the usual suspect;
He also pointed to Gen. Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship as another factor.
The guy who had to clean up the mess Chile created for itself back in the 70s.
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