What Is True/Slant?
275+ knowledgeable contributors.
Reporting and insight on news of the moment.
Follow them and join the news conversation.

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.


2 Total Comments
Post your comment »
  1. collapse expand

    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.

Log in for notification options
Comments RSS

Post Your Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment

Log in with your True/Slant account.

Previously logged in with Facebook?

Create an account to join True/Slant now.

Facebook users:
Create T/S account with Facebook

My T/S Activity Feed


    About Me

    Readers, thanks for your eyeball time, please send tips, corrections, complaints, rants, etc. My email is ballve [at] gmail.com. I was born in Buenos Aires and raised there and in Atlanta, Mexico City and Caracas. I've written and reported on Latin America for almost a dozen years. I started out as an Associated Press reporter and editor in the agency’s Brazil and Caribbean bureaus. In 2007 I co-founded El Sol de San Telmo, a community newspaper in Buenos Aires. I am now a contributing editor for the nonprofit New America Media, Americas correspondent for Amsterdam-based Research World magazine (publication of the international association of market and public opinion researchers), and a 2010-2011 Lemann Fellow at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA).

    See my profile »
    Followers: 43
    Contributor Since: June 2009

    What I'm Up To

    • For longer pieces, and a portfolio of published work please see my web page.


    • nam

      Since 2002 I have been a contributing editor at New America Media, where I write about Latin America and the politics of immigration in the United States.

    • 1248375172-waxpoetics__issue36ju_101b

      Wax Poetics issue #36, with my essay on Brazilian singer-songwriter Jards Macalé.

    • +O
    • +O
    • +O