Solidarity Leaders endorse CPD anti-Cuba petition

Louis Proyect lnp3 at
Thu May 1 16:32:27 MDT 2003

>They were chared with "organizingil legal assemblies of workers" (in the
>case I'm more familiar with, among Havana's transport workers). The second
>charge was "illegal" use of a mimeograph machine to accomplish the first
>charge and passing out "unapproved" leaflets.
>It is fundamentally illegal for workers to organize outside the legal gov't
>sanctioned unions, call for assemblies, etc. This is not new, and, perhaps,
>from what I've heard lately, they've (the gov't) has relaxed much of these
>rules...which is a good thing for socialist democracy.
>David Walters

Well, of course it is illegal. The only political party that is legal in
Cuba is the Communist Party. Everybody knows that. The same thing was true
in the USSR in the 1920s during the NEP. Both Cuba and USSR ended up with
single-party states for obvious reasons. The party David alludes to above
stands in the same relationship to the CP as Left SR's, anarchists, etc.
stood in relationship to the CP of the Soviet Union. Political debate took
place in both countries *within* the CP. Just as within the CP, there were
left and right oppositions, so do you have debates in Cuba about the pace
and extent of privatization and foreign investment. If the USSR was a
"socialist democracy" in 1925, so is Cuba today. I myself don't find such
terms that useful. I prefer to write about the social reality, how people
participate in political life, etc. For more information on that, it is
necessary to read people like Frank Fitzgerald, Caroline Bengelsdorf, and a
host of others. I myself would stay away from dogmatic treatments in the
sectarian press, which cannot explain something like the turnaround on gay
rights, the embrace of Green farming and lots of other things.

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