[Marxism] Cuba: the litmus test?
dave.walters at comcast.net
Tue Nov 27 19:15:25 MST 2007
Well, this point on the Cuban elections does raise some interesting
points. Especially as Walter raises in polite context of poising it to
those that still believe Cuba is in need of a socialist revolution,
i.e.: the ISO/SWP-UK.
What is the *substance* of the National Assembly election "campaigns". I
use ironic quotes here for a reason. Cuba is unique among workers states
that they even had elections where:
1. More than one candidate can run for office for a given seat in the
2. A candidate does not have to be a member of the Communist Party to run
Having stated that, the campaigns, as I've seen the descriptions, and
reproductions of bio-posters, almost rests entirely on a candidates
biography, not on politics..."Politics"...*politics* that is: the
critique and advocacy of positions and program. In other words, my
impression is that the elections are a-political to an extreme...and
therefore would impress few beyond Cuba's own national boundries as to
the Assembly's ability to really tackle tough issue and *steer* the
nation, let alone be a convincing "socialist" institution.
Just a few thoughts on this,
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