Villegas, 62, is a sociologist, writer and journalist who has also appeared on many establishment media programs. For a concise account of the history of economic neoliberalism and its implementation in Chile and elsewhere, see Harvey, David. A Brief History of Neoliberalism. Oxford: Oxford University Press,
Interview with Camila Vallejo and Noam Titelman
Well, before that my vision of society was somewhat critical. Not only my family, but also my friends, had instilled leftist values in me. I developed a structural critique of the system, in general, of our country, and in particular education, when I began university and joined Juventudes Comunistas Communist Youth. There I learned about what are, perhaps, the core elements of the discussion around the process of transformation that has been undertaken in education, of the impact of the dictatorship on public education, and its consequences. That was one side, and on the other, I think that the movement was quite an important process of enrichment, not only that of , but also previous movements that shook things up a little, that inspired assemblies, forums, debates, and discussions. The debate then began to re-emerge or resurge a few years ago. It was then when I shared visions, heard opinions, and had different discussions in spaces such as assemblies and forums. Also through reading, because of my interest in the issue, I picked up some books that were more specialized on education. The other thing is real life. I think one always tries to generate something like a dialectical process between the theory of practice or theory of reality.
Camila Antonia Amaranta Vallejo Dowling
As a citizen, you must first determine where you stand on various economic, political, and historical issues. Technology is coming before other basic services, including education. The idea of gratuity that you mention in your speech is very interesting. What do you mean by that? Populists always speak in abstract terms: the nation feels , the nation is of the opinion , the nation thinks. But when you actually think about this, you realize that neither the nation nor the state is anything more than a collection of individuals making decisions. Nothing is free.
October 17, Camila Vallejo. I would like to thank the Institute for Policy Studies. That movement was interrupted by a violent coup and a brutal and bloody dictatorship. Its driving force and principles were to defend the interests and dignity of the people. That movement respected human rights while aspiring to grant all men and women access to a decent education and quality health care. That movement built sovereignty while strengthening democracy. In that movement, men and women developed the awareness and will to organize for justice and freedom. It is with sorrow, but also with joy and hope that we cherish the ideas and ideals that embody this movement — the defense of human rights and the struggle for social justice.