Taaffe on Cuba

Charles Brown CharlesB at CNCL.ci.detroit.mi.us
Thu Sep 6 14:08:28 MDT 2001

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No, but the fact that Cuba is *not* a democratic workers state


CB: But in many ways Cuba _is_ a democratic workers state. How are you defining democracy ?  The Cuban state represents the interests of the Cuban masses more than just about any other state in the world. Cuba is the most democratic state in the world.

What do you mean by "democratic " ? The fundamental , first principle of democracy is popular sovereignty.

with a
democratically planned economy open to criticism and correction by the
masses and does not have a free press, the right to form independent
political parties or the right to form tendencies within the CCP *does* mean
it's not socialist. If you're view is that Cuba is socialist that calls into
question exactly what your view of socialism is. That being said, Cuba does
have a planned economy and largely nationalised economy and that must be
defended, however imperfect it is, against capitalist restoration and


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