Patricio Hales

The maddening compass of Chilean politics

The current confusion of political directions became evident with the breakdown of the DC-PC agreement for the Presidency of the Chamber of Deputies. The lurking crisis of distrust had been showing signs since the failed presidential candidacies of 2017, fermented…

Proposal President Boric transforms rejection vote into positive constitutional option

The “I approve” of the New Constitution moved away from that 80% of those of us who voted in 2020 for the changes. 58% say they are afraid and not enthusiastic. The bad thing about the proposed constitutional text is…

The nuances of the concept of inclusion in the Chilean Constitutional Convention

The enthusiasm with which 80% of Chileans democratically won a Constitutional Convention was flooded with content, ideas, values and proposals for a climate of rights, liberty and solidarity. At my age, in this process, I learned new conceptions of “inclusion”…

Boric Government: Armed Forces in control of Araucanía

President Boric’s government risks the transformative spirit it so well represents only if it is confused by political inadequacies. He and some of his collaborators, when they were deputies, refused to approve President Piñera’s use, in Araucanía, of the “State…

Chile afflicted by crime

The new government announces an increase in the number of police in some communes and a plan to combat rising crime. It has been a promise of governments from left and right and the data is bad. From our parliamentary…

The Objectivity of the Subjective in the Chilean Constitutional Convention

I am far from the nightmares of that Chilean right that demonises the confused proposals of the maximalist left, imagining that the latter would want to destroy Chile. I do not believe that. But I see a certain left with…

The right to vote I Approve or Reject

I do not like to decide whether I “approve” or “reject” the New Constitution by listening to threats of crisis and outbursts from today’s totalitarians. To deny that democratic right rebels my personal history. I look at my sketch of…