Viva Allende!

Fifty years ago the socialist senator Salvador Allende was elected president of Chile in a peaceful and democratic election. For 1000 days the people of Chile participated in an experiment in popular democracy, and the lives of workers, women, farmers, families, and students improved. When the Fascist General Pinochet overthrew the popularly elected Allende government under the direction of the US CIA, a reign of terror reversed the peoples’ progress. When Nikki Haley said last week at the Repulsican Convention that socialism has always failed wherever and whenever it has been tried, we might add a footnote: the ruling class and the imperialists never mean their withdrawals; they will concede nothing without a fight.

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