Reply to: Re: Reply to: Re: Nicaragua

Jon Flanders 72763.2240 at
Fri May 3 17:58:36 MDT 1996

 >> The reason for this is because the regime that was instituted was
Stalinist from its inception, with socialism in one country on its banner and
no workers' democracy. The apparent paradoxes of the Cuban experience (some
degree of independence compared to countries like Bulgaria, say, or the amount
of superficially internationalist rhetoric & overseas action) <<Hugh Rodwell

 Jon Flanders:

  God, Hugh, I just can't keep up with all these questions. I have a forty
hour a week job repairing locomotives and two kids.

  I suppose Che's two, three, many Vietnams was just rhetoric, along with the
thousands of Cuban doctors that have gone to third world countries around the
world. I suppose the Cuban defense of Angola that defeated the South African
army was just a superficial engagement.

  Cuba is an example, in my opinion, of a revolutionary leadership
accomplishing miracles in a very close proximity to the world's greatest
imperialist power. It is amazing that they survived the loss of aid from the
Soviet Union, but they have. This May Day rally had over a million
participants, and even Peter Jennings on ABC TV had to admit that the
revolution wasn't over yet.

  As for socialist democracy, read Marta Harnecker's book on Popular Power.
Maybe it doesn't look the same as soviets in 1917, but it qualifies as the
best we have seen since then in my book.

  When you write about economics, your rigorous formalism helps you. In
politics it seems to blind you to reality.

 Best, Jon F

  E-mail from: Jonathan E. Flanders, 03-May-1996

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