A New Constitution for Chile
The Long, Bloody Road to the Plebiscite
The Constitutional Convention of 2021
The Future of Chile
Now that Chileans have made their decision, the arduous process of drafting a new law of the land will begin one month after the vote to elect the representatives. Reforms are being demanded primarily for social progress. Health care, education, labor and pensions are all viewed as inadequate or simply favoring private corporate interests over the Chilean population. Despite living in the most prosperous country in Latin America, many Chileans do not see this wealth because of Chile’s high inequality. Specifically, Chile has the highest income inequality of any country in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Chileans protested, in large part, to scrap the legal system which left half the working population making, “$550 a month or less,” according to the National Statistics Institute.
However, a new constitution for Chile will alone not erase every ailment. The creation of an overreaching constitution or a weakened document with quixotic goals and no real teeth are both possibilities. The difference is that the choice now rests with the Chilean people.
– Scott Mistler-Ferguson