CHILE: Imperfect Unions

When Communists' votes helped President Gabriel Gonzalez Videla into office last November, he paid off with three Cabinet posts—the first for the comrades in South America. Of the three, Agriculture pleased the party most. The wretched lot of Chile's 500,000 landless campesinos invites Communism. For a day's work, the average field hand gets 35¢, a large piece of hard bread, and, occasionally, a sack of beans. His home (on most farms) is a small, windowless, mud-&-thatch hut, with a dirt floor.

Lately Chile's rural roto (ragged one) has been hearing talk of farm...

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