Episode

9/12 The Chilean Coup At 50 w/ Marian Schlotterbeck

September 12, 2023

It’s News Day Tuesday! But first, Sam speaks with Marian Schlotterbeck, professor of history at the University of California, Davis, to discuss the 50th anniversary of the U.S. backed coup in Chile against leader Salvador Allende. First, Sam runs through updates on Kevin McCarthy’s House leadership, a deal between the US and Iran, disaster in Libya, various labor updates, and a new COVID booster, before touching on JD Vance’s recent proposal to handcuff the US Government’s pandemic response until the 2024 elections. Professor Schlotterbeck then joins as she and Sam dive into the legacy left by Salvador Allende as a democratically-elected Marxist, walking through his evolution in Chilean politics and touching on his major policies over his three years in office before his killing in 1973. Then, they take a step back as Professor Schlotterbeck works her way through the CIA’s relationship to Chile pre-1970 – serving both as a Super PAC and Op-Ed machine for right-wingers – and how the Cuban revolution mobilized US intelligence to begin to act even more aggressively in South America, before expanding on the relationship of the CIA and Henry Kissinger to the corporate world so threatened by Allende’s presence. After wrapping up the story of the 1973 coup with a greater assessment of US involvement, Marion and Sam briefly look at US economists’ role in the violent Pinochet regime of the next two and a half decades. They conclude the interview by diving into the lasting effect of Allende on the Chilean left and the ongoing attempts to redraft Augusto Pinochet’s 1980 constitution.

And in the Fun Half, Sam checks out UAW President Shawn Fain’s appearance on CNN, the “Drew Barrymore Show” scab effort, Australian hospitality mogul (and freak) Tim Gurner discussing the recent “arrogance” of the labor market, as well as some selections from the PragerU kids renderings of what happened in the Civil War. Plus, your calls & IM’s!

Check out Marian’s recent writing on the coup here: https://jacobin.com/2020/09/salvador-allende-chile-coup-pinochet

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