The following brief reflections originally appeared on Twitter following my first viewing of The Battle of Chile (1975 - 1979), a 3-part documentary covering the CIA-sponsored coup which overthrew democratically-elected left-wing President Salvador Allende and replaced him with the right-wing dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet.
1) Support of Pinochet's coup, like defense of SA apartheid, is one of American intellectual right's most shameful legacies. (corollary: while U.S. right - well, leadership - reversed itself on Mandela, it has by & large, maybe entirely, NOT done so on Allende)
2) The right to bear arms as a right-wing but not left-wing tenet needs to be reconsidered. (corollary: remember too that in 60s it was Panthers who advocated 2nd amendment & CA GOP who pushed restrictions)
3) The left is always most admirable when it is populist & mass-based rather than elitist & sequestered in academia & other institutions. (corollary: worth remembering Bolsheviks were fundamentally elitist & they hijacked the revolutionary left for generations to come)
4) Watching junta's dread-inducing TV speech following coup, worth noting that when mask drops it is not liberty, but order which motivates. (corollary: rather than embrace statist, paternalistic language smart left should employ libertarian rhetoric against right)
For all the Cold War fear of Marxist revolutions overtaking free countries rarely if ever did left-wing revolutions supplant functioning democracies with dictatorship (only Russian Revolution leaps to mind & Kerensky's government was less than a year old). Usually leftist dictatorships replaced rightist dictatorships. And aside from Soviet occupation of E. Europe, seems every time dictatorship replaced democracy, dictatorship was right-wing.