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  •  Chile in 1973 (none)
    was very interesting.  Our OAS hosts believed the prevailing culture of paternalism had robbed the peasants of their independence and that the reforms of that period were important.  In a museum I visited I saw rooms full of objects intended to get the poor to think creatively.   For example, a bed was made with old wood frame and rubber tire cut into strips were weaved to make the spring on which to lay a mattress.  Old cotton rags were made into mattresses.  The rooms were full of these ideas at self help.  Of course the busses were all free.  The physician brother in-law of our host was happy that Allende took money from the military and gave it to the health system.  On the other hand there were those furious because the peasants who got land and animals, often ate their breeding stock making them helpless again.  A period of growth and development we had no right to thwart.

    Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities-Voltaire

    by hairspray on Tue Dec 13, 2005 at 09:45:43 AM PST

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