“Chile, the Golpe, and the Gringos” or, the Power of Econo-Production at the Expense of Human Rights: The Violent Dawn of Neoliberalism

By Faith N. Mishina.

Published by The International Journal of Civic, Political, and Community Studies

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The laws of impunity and the Latin taboo that silenced the pain of the Dirty Wars are unraveled by the arrest of Pinochet (2000) and the legal controversies in the courts of Britain, Spain, and Chile (2000-2006). Ignoring those taboos, the impunity laws and the waning of the political left in Latin America years before these events, García Márquez documented the violent beginnings of Neoliberalism in his Nobel Prize speech, “Clandestine in Chile,” “The Autumn of the Patriarch,”and his journalism. This paper examines the violent political and economic events that occurred in Chile before and after Allende’s death, both in fact and in García Márquez’s journal article, “Chile, the Golpe, and the Gringos.” García Márquez pointed to the ultimate complication of unchecked corporate power which destroyed human rights and consumed the lives of thousands of “desapariecidos” under Pinochet.

Keywords: García Márquez, Human Rights, Chile

The International Journal of Civic, Political, and Community Studies, Volume 12, Issue 2, August 2014, pp.33-43. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: August 22, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 496.280KB)).

Dr. Faith N. Mishina

Associate Professor, Department of Languages, Faculty of the Humanities, University of Hawaii, Hilo, Hawaii, USA