State Capitalism and Cuba

Louis N Proyect lnp3 at
Fri Jun 21 06:03:12 MDT 1996

On Thu, 20 Jun 1996, Tony Tracy wrote:

> I do not argue that Canada and Cuba are the same in nature. On the other
> hand, in a previous post you pointed to social programs and reforms as
> evidence of Cuba moving towards socialism. I am suggesting that these same
> social programs and reforms are existent in many undisputably imperialist
> and capitalist countries. Therefore social programs do not equal socialism.

Louis: Cuba's "social programs" can not be compared to any other
capitalist Third World nation. If you think they can be, please supply an

> I am still curious as to the characteristics of Cuba that lead you to
> believe that it is moving in any way towards socialism. Could you possibly
> inform the debate by commenting on this?

Louis: Cuba is moving toward capitalism, not socialism. The "NEP"-like
reforms are undermining socialist property relations and Cuba's future is
very much in doubt.

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