Trotskyism and the Cuban Revolution

Walter Lippmann walterlx at
Sun Jul 6 16:58:03 MDT 2003

There are no "Tourism Police" in Cuba.

After this last came up I went and did
a bit of research on this topic, including
by asking some on the street. They do
NOT have special uniforms, but they
do have a patch on one arm calling
them the "Policia Especializada" and
they wear a certain kind of beret that
distinguishes them from the regular
police whose caps have visors.

I'm told they have special training to
deal with assisting tourists, and I'm
also told that they also do a certain
amount of racial profiling. I don't deny
these realities.

I'm told they're significantly better
paid as a way of trying to ward off
bribery and so on.

They are indeed assigned to tourist
areas, but they are also assigned to
other non-tourist areas, for example in
the vicinity of large dollar stores and

Thus, if you want to call them "Tourist
Police" you can do so. But there really
is nothing here in Cuba which is called
the "Tourist Police". By the way, even
though I did not use the name, and
frankly I don't spend time talking to
police officers, in Cuba or elsewhere.

I wrote precisely about the helpful role
these officers play, two years ago in
which was posted to the net prior to
my membership on the Marxism list.

My approach to the Cuban Revolution
is to recognize who led it and also to
recognize that those who led it still do
lead it. My main goal here is to learn
more about the life, culture and politics
of the country, the better to help fight
for an end to the blockade against it.

Basing themselves on the conclusion
that Fidel Castro and the July 26th
movement should be overthrown,
the Spartacists, SF-Frontlines and
other Trotskyists do, they naturally
seek evidence to buttress their own
existing perspectives.

To tell you the truth, I admit that I AM
looking for ways to understand how it
is and why it is that after 43 years of
hostility and blockade, this Cuban
Revolution continues to live, breathe
and inspire people. Demonstrations
of support as we saw in Argentina
not long ago when Fidel Castro spoke
before thousands, proves to me that
the Cuban Revolution, with all its
problems, is alive and well.

To me the glass is more than half full.
I take it that to some, the glass is more
than half empty. Much more than half.


Certainly.  It is also the recognition of weakness and
lack of theoretical and political development. Like
saying that the Tourism Police does not exist in Cuba,
denying reality to score a point in a discussion.


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