50 Years Later: He Haunts Us Still

By Robert L. Funk

As Chile marks the anniversary of the September 11, 1973 coup, Augusto Pinochet’s ghost still hovers over contemporary Chilean politics in unexpected ways.

SANTIAGO — Almost 35 years ago, just as Chile was emerging from its long dictatorship, my Canadian politics professor Stephen Clarkson, together with Christina McCall, published the first volume of their magnificent biography of former Canadian Prime Minister (and father of the current one) Pierre Elliot Trudeau. The book began with the words: “He haunts us still.” Trudeau was a dashing, witty progressive who dated Barbra Streisand and debated with Fidel Castro. His social liberalism, commitment to multiculturalism and insistence on pushing through a new constitution created,...

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