President Ricardo Lagos and Chile’s Fight for a Democratic and Prosperous Future

Thursday, January 26, 2012

President Obama recently called Chile “a model for the region and the world.” Ricardo Lagos, president of Chile from 2000 to 2006 talks about his country's rise on the world stage. In The Southern Tiger: Chile’s Fight for a Democratic and Prosperous Future, Lagos chronicles Chile's journey from terror and repression under General Pinochet to an open society with a thriving economy.


Ricardo Lagos

Comments [6]

Amy from Manhattan

1 note: In Spanish, "actual" means "current," so when Pres. Lagos said copper prices shouldn't be based on the "actual cost" of copper, he meant the cost at the time of the pricing decision, not the real cost (as opposed to some false cost, as it might sound).

Jan. 26 2012 12:38 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

Your presidential guest parrots the usual, ongoing, never-ending liberal/socialist line, that "income distribution" and the "income gap"is the essence of social problems. That the greedy 1% is always robbing the poor. The answer they propose is socialism which makes everyone equally poor and oppressed. But even the Soviet Union and the other communist states, an entrenched ruling elite was far more direct and brutal in holding onto power than anything in the capitalist countries.

Jan. 26 2012 12:31 PM
Charles Grice from New York

What is the status of the lawsuits against US banks hiding Pinochet money?

Jan. 26 2012 12:23 PM
Dr. Wayne Johnson from BK

Mr.Lagos set the current education policy in Chile. Can you please ask him how he feels about the thousands of students who have been in the streets and in the schools for the past year protesting those elite policies which exclude the 99% from higher education.

Jan. 26 2012 12:08 PM

Hi Leonard Great show as always.
Please ask Mr. Lagos the current state of their social security system. Is it still viable in our current stagnant global economy? I recall many politician here in the US heralded it as a possiblity for private retirement accounts in place of social security.

Jan. 26 2012 12:07 PM
Michael Frank from New Paltz, NY

Please ask Lagos to address the sellout his country's politicians have made to mining interests. Foreign industry wants to put up dams in Patagonia that will destroy one of the last pristine wildernesses on earth and the second largest untrammeled watershed (outside Greenland). While one of Chile's greatest assets is tourism it's about to spit on its natural wonders — and deny the will of over 70 percent of its citizens who don't want the dams. There have been massive public protests both in Patagonia and in Chile's major cities. And, no, the people don't need the energy; conservation measures, along with far cleaner energy initiatives like wind and solar, could more than suffice. If this sounds a little familiar (hello, fracking debate!), it's because the power of money in politics is hardly confined within the boundaries of the U.S. And there's another industry that will be crushed when the dams go up: fishing. In the American West we're only now removing dams long after salmon stocks have totally collapsed. The same thing will happen in Chile, and only after the nation's seafood industry is destroyed will coastal populations realize the huge mistake...far too late.

Jan. 26 2012 06:57 AM

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