Weavers of Revolution Essay

912 Words Nov 4th, 2006 4 Pages
Greg Parkhurst
11/2/06
Allende and the Weavers of Revolution

In Peter Winn's Weavers of Revolution, a factory in Santiago, Chile fights for their independence against the Chilean government of the 1970's. While this rebellion is going on, presidential elections are taking place and Salvador Allende is the presidential candidate which represents the common people. The relation between Allende and the people he represents is a unique one because at first this class, the working class, helps and supports Allende to become president, but then both parties realize their different plans for the future and the working class actually contributes to the downfall of Allende's presidency. At first, the working class heavily supported
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Once Allende becomes elected, the two revolutions which were supposed to compliment each other actually start to work against each other. The first type of revolution is the "revolution from below", which is characteristic of the workers in the Yarur rebelling against the Chilean government. The other type is the "revolution from above", this was the revolution common of the higher class like Allende working towards workers rights. At first, the workers think that their revolution from below was only helping Allende's revolution from above. The workers did things like form unions for the first time, or were even so bold to strike against the mill in order to gain complete control over it. Strikes had happened before which were about things like wages or unions, but this was different for the fact that they wanted total control of the mill. Allende was forced to give the workers the power to control the mill. This is just one of the examples of how the revolution from below "sometimes coincided with or complemented, but increasingly diverged from, the legalistic and modulated revolution from above" (141). For the most part in fact, the strategies of Allende were disrupted by the revolution from below because of their need for extreme immediate progress. This was frustrating for Allende and his cabinet because they were constantly at the demand of the working class they falsely claimed to know and represent. Local events in Chile from the lower class