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Analysis of Chile's Road to Socialism Essay

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The Yarur textile factory played an important role in Chilean politics, and was the central role for the uprisings and downfalls in Chilean history. Its first key component was that it represented an economic empire based of paper and cloth that used these resources to gain political power through the aspect of having wealth. The second element of the Yarur factory that gave its importance in Chilean politics was that it represented a monopoly of Chile’s political capital. In Weavers of Revolution, Peter Winn depicts the relationship from a “revolution from above” and “revolution from below” and how the workers of the Yarur textile factory faced an on-going struggle between the working class and the government. Winn focuses his analysis of…show more content…
His election came to influence workers, peasants, and pobladores in that they saw a perfect time to organize the push for socialization in the workforce.
However, as stated on page 140 of Weavers of Revolution, the first hint of a problem between a conflicting revolution from above and revolution from below came apparent in the context that Allende’s promise to “never use the security apparatus of the state against the people..” led the lower class workers to demand more and act towards a revolutionary process from below. This type of freedom and revolutionary process caused the people to act for themselves to pursue their life-long dreams, partly because for the first time, they had seen the legitimacy of Allende’s word upon his speech to take over the factory from Amador. Increasingly, these rapid changes from below gave conflict to the government in that their rule of governing from above in a gradual legal way was at risk. On one side, the workers felt that by demanding more rapid changes they were fulfilling the Popular Unity program in favor of Allendes’ support, while on the other, the Popular Unity program and its supporters felt that their strategy for political and economic support for a revolution from above was lost. This type of “push and pull” politics can be seen on page 140 as Winn stated, “In this delicately balanced strategy of economic and political change, the role of the ‘masses’…was to provide political and
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