The evolution of Chile : prosperity for some

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  • In just 25 years, Chile has gone from a Marxist state to a dictatorship to a democracy. The transition has strengthened Chile's economy, but not all Chilean citizens have shared in the prosperity. In fact, the divisions between rich and poor have widened, causing critics to question whether democratic capitalism is the right solution. As the scenario unfolds, so do the moral issues surrounding the economic path Chile has chosen. Using Chile as a case study, this program examines these issues, and the difficulties experienced by other Third World nations also riding the tidal wave of post-Cold War economic reforms.


  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Nov. 28, 2008.
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  • Chile: Tradition of Democracy (2:19) -- Cold War and Chile (2:08) -- Chile's Prosperity/Domestic Economic Disparity (4:04) -- Effects of Pinochet's Dictatorship (4:03) -- Chile's Elected President Aylwin (3:21) -- Chile's Economic Disparity (3:58) -- Can Socialism Cure Chile's Economic Problems? (2:30) -- Chile's New Democracy (3:33)
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