Jacob Joesph Angelo Richardson, born April 15th, 1993.
To dedicated to: politics, literature, music, film, philosophy, culture and science. I write and concern myself with my species. Individualist, humanist, internationalist, atheist, existentialist, socialist. Ask me questions. Think for yourself and question every answer.
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Americans may have much to learn from the upwelling of public sentiment against privatized education in Chile. The United States is just starting down the long road toward outsourcing education to private interests such as massive open online courses (MOOCs). But in Chile we see what four decades of privatized education can achieve, particularly when it is backed by a dictatorship capable of enforcing a free market that might, in a less authoritarian setting, have been constrained. Chile has long been cited as the great neoliberal example. The question is what it is an example of. If President Lagos’s explanation is correct, Chile has little to teach us, since many of its internal conflicts are more or less in keeping with its progress as a developing nation. But if Mayol is right—if the protests over education are indeed the cries of a society that wants out from marketization—we should be watching Chile very closely.
Read Lili Loofbourow on Chile’s experiment in privatizing higher education. (Boston Review, May/June 2013)