One Year On: Which Boric Presides Over Chile?

By Robert L. Funk

The former student activist has had to face the reality of governing — and securing the streets he once marched on.

SANTIAGO - The struggle between reason and passion has occupied minds since classical times. The Stoics, Adam Smith, even Pierre Elliot Trudeau have thought long and hard about how to control the passions. For Sigmund Freud the passions were manifested in the id, which was like a strong-willed horse, whereas the ego was the rider, trying to control it, ideally, with such self-awareness that it would look like both were in sync. During his first year as president, Gabriel Boric’s id and ego have been going at it, often in public view. So far, Boric’s ego has dominated his id in large...

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