The Story of ‘No’ Is the Story of Modern Chile : NPR
The film No revisits the moment in Chile’s history when 56 percent of the country voted to oust a dictator from power. It’s the tale of the ad campaign that helped persuade Chileans to cast their ballots against Gen. Augusto Pinochet in a national referendum.
“This is an epic story, the story of a triumph,” says Director Pablo Larrain. “It’s how they defeat a dictator — probably one of the biggest bastards that we ever had in humankind.”
Given how the Right Wing presents him as somehow being a “good” leader, this story of using the tools of modern society to defeat Pinochet is a good one.
No amount of right wing feel good fantasy, however, can make up for the fact that the US and it’s CIA-backed coup d’etat got Pinochet into power in 1973. And the fact remains, without international pressure causing him to feel the need to “legitimize” his misappropriation of power, he’d have stayed in power - disappearing, murdering and suppressing the Chilean people - until the Grim Reaper finally delivered the minimum justice we all must face.
In the end, the Chilean people suffered under what the Teabaggers pretend is happening here; suffered what the Teabaggers would create here if they are allowed to using that pretend tyranny as an excuse to create a real one. The lessons of Chile are clear if we are willing to learn them.