As a journalist and academic at the University of Chile in Santiago Alberto Mayol has been active in the student movement and written widely on topics such as inequality in Chile, the education system and the moral structures of Chilean society. He is the author of the books “The Collapse of the Model. The crisis of market economy in the contemporary Chilean model”, and “No to profit: From the crisis of the model to the new political era”.
Ali Sargent: What are the main changes in the student movement since 2011? What are the main challenges it faces?
Alberto Mayol: The student movement was counter-hegemonic. So there was a central question of how to approach hegemony with anti-hegemony, and at the same time formulate an alternative. The movement comes from a very wide cross-section of society, so this is the most complicated thing. Remobilizing people will be another challenge; this will get harder under Bachelet.