TimAlphanumeric on Cuba
hariette at easynet.co.uk
Tue Aug 27 08:26:45 MDT 1996
>Just a couple of quotes on democracy from a source hopefully acceptable to
>"In reality classes are heterogenious: they are torn by inner antagonisms and
>arrive at the solution of common problems no otherwise than through the inner
>struggle of tendencies, groups and parties." Leon Trotsky, Revolution
>"Democratization of the soviets is impossible without the legalization of
>soviet parties. The workers and peasants themselves by their own free will
>will indicate what parties they recognize as soviet parties." --Transitional
>This approach toward democracy in a workers state was expanded by Ernest
>Mandel in the 70s to include bourgeois as well as "soviet" parties.
>My point is that Cuba falls far short of any reasonable concept of democracy,
>workers or otherwise. Without the competition of political parties -- and I
>might add a civil society to nurture such parties (free speech, press, etc.)
>-- the use of the term "democracy" is pure fraud. Without democracy workers
>cannot rule in a workers state. Period! Period! Period!
>How do you like them apples?
That only proves that in that matter Trotsky's menshevism (social-democracy)
Still, the question is clear, a proletarian dictatorship or a bourgeois talk
shop! Trotsky spoke with both sides of his mouth, proletarian dictatorship
AND talk shop according to how the wind blew. Alphanumeric just wants the
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