Chile: The Question of Power

  • Paul M. Sweezy
Keywords: History

Abstract

The Chilean tragedy confirms what should have been, and to many was, obvious all along, that there is no such thing as a peaceful road to socialism. Those who are irrevocably committed to nonviolence would do well to admit that they are not revolutionaries and to confine their activities to seeking reforms which are safely within the framework of the capitalist system. The reason is simply that the beneficiaries of the existing system, including many who only imagine themselves to be its beneficiaries, are not going either to give up without a struggle or to renounce any means available to them in waging the struggle.
Published
1973-12-01
Section
Review of the Month