Cuba and worker's commune

Robert Malecki malecki at
Tue Jun 4 11:26:03 MDT 1996

>> On Tue, 4 Jun 1996, Adam Rose wrote:
>> >
>> > You are the first person on this list to post anything which suggests there
>> > may not be a socialist state in Cuba.
>> >
>> Louis: Ah yes, just what we need. More evidence of what Cuba is not. If we
>> keep working away at this, we may someday have a complete fix on
>> everything that Cuba isn't. Isn't this Marxism in all its glory?
>Apart from the point scoring, the real reason this matters is that the
>question of what are we fighting for arises in a discussion about Cuba.
>Ultimately, I am inspired by a vision of a future society that I think
>it is worth fighting and dying for. It is not worth fighting and dying to
>bring about a society like Cuba. If Cuba is socialist, it is not worth
>fighting and dying for socialism.
>This is not simply a question of ultimate aims, though. When a trade
>union official, or a Labo(u)r party in power, argues that we have to
>accept some rotten compromise, the market is invoked to justify it. If we
>are to fight effectively for reforms in the here + now, we have to have
>a political alternative to the market. Putting forward, or allowing
>them to put forward, Cuba or the USSR as an example in this situation is
>not exactly helpful.

But it is worth fighting for if attacked by the United States for example.

malecki in exile..

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