The Allende Strategy at the Lo Curro Conference It was a strange time in Chile in the early 1970’s. Salvador Allende become Chile’s president, which was unique and inspiring for Chileans within the electoral content. He was the first democratically elected socialist ruler in history, and the country had very high hopes for his success. Still, Allende presided over a polarized country, a complex coalition called the Popular Unity Coalition, and a situation where the United States was adamant about reversing Allende’s project and aims of constructing a Chilean path to socialism. Allende staged a meeting with his coalition partners in 1972, which saw various proposals for dealing with Chile’s problems and forwarding socialist transformation....The end:
..... but they would have been unifying, communistic in intention, and given the party power and respect that they would need to move Chile forward. Unfortunately, that was not how history worked. The UP could not come to an agreement and lost their power and the progress that they had made for socialism, communism and themselves. Perhaps the timing was not right on socialism, perhaps the country was in too much turmoil. Still, had the party been more radical and firm in achieving its goals, things may have turned out differently for Chile and Allende. Works Cited Falcoff, Mark. Modern Chile, 1970-1989: A Critical History. USA: Transaction Publishers, 1989. Foran, John. “Allende’s Chile, 1972.” World History Archives. 2010. Web. 7 November 2010.