Madam Secretary recap: 'Higher Learning'
An agreement between a U.S. mining company and Chile goes awry.
By Lindsey Kupfer
Season 2, Ep. 17 | Aired Mar 20
The show opens in the Andes mountains in Chile. There is a group protesting an American company, Hercutel, for mining gold in their mountains. The protest gets ugly, and someone throws a rock at the American driver. According to Bess’ team, the mining agreement between Hercutel and the Chilean government was completely legal, but now the president of Chile has changed her mind and accused the company of negotiating more than their fair share of profits, sparking the various protests.
Brian Andrew Lindstrom: Thanks, Mrs. Secretary.
Blake Moran: Madam Secretary.
Elizabeth McCord: Don't stop speaking truth to power. But, maybe the best way to call upon our better selves is for you to show us yours.
It's rare to hear a politician talk about colonialism, even if it happened as far as possible from the US but in the same hemisphere. Even a liberal Secretary of State such as John Kerry or Hillary Clinton wouldn't take the side of the people against a democratic ally. That's what makes Madam Secretary such a good show.
Incidentally, I think the Inhawoji are a fictional group. I couldn't find anything about them on the Internet.