I visited Chile for the first time this summer (chile winter). As someone who has travelled widely, has 47 years on the planet and pays attention, i'd like to offer my observations. First, the class structure is alive and well in Chile. Non-americans often criticize americans for a lack of class consciousness. This is true, but it's simply true that in the US class differences are far less apparent on a day-to-day basis. One reason people all over the world 'liked' americans is that when they met them they actually treated them as equals instead of inferiors. This cannot be said of the upper classes in any other country in the world, where the elite is always keenly aware that the lower classes know their place.The oppressiveness of the american imperialistic corporate/government class has overcome these positive feelings over the last several decades, but that's another story. In Chile, there is first rate service, transportation, law, arts and culture, government, technology, jobs, healthcare, and recreation for the elite; then there is what everybody else gets. Until quite recently, in the US the vast majority of people had equal access to excellence in all these areas, unlike most places. As the upper class (an increasingly small group) has become increasingly cut-off from real life here, i've seen attitudes evolve that before you had to go overseas for (or this forum)..."Oh this generation! They're just so lazy, and don't know what service is! All they do is waste the bosses money, waste my time,...and they're so incompetent. The terrible education system that i have to pour my money into is useless! And don't get me started on the government- they just steal my money and re-distribute it to lay-abouts!" Screw you jerk. If you paid your workers a living wage (or better) you might have a reason to complain. Til then- Shut Up! And remember it is the elites that have taken away any stake in the environment, the government, the workplace, and health that working people had; Still, they just can't figure out how to wake the low-brow from their apathetic stupor! Give back what you've been slowly stealing over the last few centuries, and then we'll talk...
It's hilarious that this thread is called the 'middle income trap'. Elites in developed countries always call those who can just barely get by (pay for their food, clothing, shelter, and other necessaries) 'middle income'. [end part I]
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