This essay aims to cover one of the tendencies of Chilean reactionary thought, based on the hypothesis about the impossibility for a non-Catholic conservatism in Chile. In effect, secularism was drastically diminished by the persistence of ultramontane political theology, from archbishop Rafael Valdivieso to the Catholic-romantic historicism of Jaime Eyzaguirre. The main archive of this work shows the confluence between Palacios’s thesis on the “Chilean race”, from 1902, the dialectical and anti-intellectualist portalianism of Edwards and Encina in the interwar period, and the military belicology based on Ludendorff’s doctrine of total war among military intellectuals during the 70’. Finally, I attempt a rather short structural analysis, inspired by Marxism and psychoanalysis, to explain the way in which the Chilean “authenticity jargon” (Adorno’s concept) covers the destructive negativity of the social bond inherent to capitalist formations. The national fantasies of Chilean conservatism, although in crisis during the neoliberal period, are now reborn as probable alternatives of ideological interpellation for the lettered community of endangered fascism.
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Aguayo, C. (2023). Jergas de la autenticidad en el conservantismo chileno. Otrosiglo. Revista de filosofía, 7(1), 111-154. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.8313464