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Jan. 22 2010 - 4:52 pm | 49 views | 0 recommendations | 2 comments

Chilean president-elect shakes a leg to Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’

He’s a billionaire. He owns airlines, soccer teams, and media companies. He’s a Harvard-trained economist. After winning Chile’s presidential run-off election last Sunday, he’ll soon become Chile’s first right-of-center leader since Gen. Augusto Pinochet. If you’re curious about Sebastían Piñera, whose election led observers to remark upon Latin America’s fading political polarization, why not start with this video, from a few days before the run-off. A little pre-weekend amusement. It’s always fun to see billionaires shake it up on the dance floor and realize they’re not paid for having rhythm.

Mr. Piñera, welcome to the Latin American president’s club, where– democracy notwithstanding– political lives are still often nasty, brutish and short.

And if conservatism is coming back from the grave in Chile and  elsewhere in Latin America, as the zombies do in ‘Thriller,’ then let us all work to make it of the tolerant, non-lethal, socially engaged, 21st Century sort. As such, it certainly has its place in the region’s political spectrum.


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    Gosh, I hope it’s Chile’s turn to host the APEC forum again soon, and I hope instead of the photo where all the world leaders don the local garb, he makes everyone do Thriller with him.

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