Chile: Young People Far From the Plebiscite Farce and the Tradition of Representative Democracy

Jaime David Farias Delva

In the face of this reality, young people do not believe in public and private institutions, because they see in them a reflection of all the evils to which they have been subjected. For them, acting harshly against the State makes sense, indeed, they consider it a right and a duty. They see the action of self-defense against the capitalist model that violates them, as something legitimate and effective, and which also has a high political significance.

In the nearly four months of the Chilean people’s uprising, since that rebellious October, perhaps a door was opened to the destruction of an old form of government and thus, to finally enter into that new society, one that is just, fraternal and in solidarity, and which almost the majority of the inhabitants of this remote territory called Chile desire.

The young people of this piece of land, located in the southernmost part of the planet, dream of reaching a world, which surpasses once and for all, the traditional, stupid, conservative way of governing countries that form not only the western orbit, but also worldwide governments.

Chile does not escape the reality of destruction and deterioration into which we have been plunged by capitalist imperialism, which in its eagerness to leave everything to the tentacles of the market, has the entire planet at the gates of total devastation.

Why do I mention this? Well, because part of the youth catharsis in the protests that Chile is experiencing is due to the fact that the youth here and in the world see how those who have believed themselves to be the depositaries of universal history have left behind catastrophe and death in almost all regions of the planet, in pursuit of capital and profit, forgetting human dignity, justice, health and the existence of all the species that inhabit this earth.

That is why, when considering possible solutions and the participation of thousands of young people in the revolt, it is essential to consider that the new generations between 18 and 30 years of age, are moved by their own generational interest, as well as going against the traditional and conservative forms of administration and of course, the problems affecting their community and their immediate environment.

Another interesting factor to be considered is that most of the mobilized youth declare themselves to be atheists or do not belong to any religious group, which is so abundant in Latin America and whose objective has always been to reconcile and subject the population to the designs of the conquerors of yesterday and today. (Multinationals, transnationals etc. etc.)

In the face of this reality, the youth do not believe in public and private institutions, since they see in them a reflection of all the evils to which they have been subjected. For them, acting harshly against the State makes sense, indeed, they consider it a right and a duty. They see the action of self-defense against the capitalist model that violates them, as something legitimate and effective, and which also has a high political significance.

It is clear to young people that when a state like Chile becomes increasingly violent, especially against them, direct action or self-defence is a right. Even more so, when it seeks to subjugate them by force with unbridled repression, which is unacceptable if we consider that the current government of Sebastián Piñera has not been willing to address the fundamental economic, social and environmental demands of the Chilean people.

To enter through a new door, to re-found a new society in Chile, requires, according to the youth, new links with others. They maintain that “close and strong links” in the heat of battle guarantee them security, since there are many who seek to open flanks, in the idea of mitigating the fight in the streets.

“For us the person and their individuality are important, because institutions, parties etc. and their ways of governing and analyzing society, are not recognized by us, they must change” and “these representative democracies do not represent anyone, they only use them to subdue the people”. A young man from the frontline pointed out, before the farce of a plebiscite that is coming in the next few months in Chile.