[Marxism] Stalinism

Walter Lippmann walterlx at earthlink.net
Tue Jul 13 00:25:09 MDT 2004

David Walters throws around a broad selection of abstract ideas
and characterizations some of which have some relation to Cuba 
while other are too abstract to mean munch. I'm sorry I haven't 
the time to take up his points in detail. Glad to see that he
rejects the idea that Cuba is in any meaningful way "Stalinist".

Celia's Hart's recent essay "SOCIALISM IN ONE COUNTRY" AND THE
CUBAN REVOLUTION is a useful contribution to this subject from
a contemporary Cuban point of view. More Cuban materials along
these lines will be published in English in the near future.

It was recently published in SOCIALIST VIEWPOINT magazine and
was scheduled also for publication in SOCIALIST ACTION, but had
not gone to press by the time I left for Cuba on the Pastors for
Peace Friendshipment Caravan.

Walter Lippmann

I think Cuba is more of a jumble or mish-mash of ideas, combing a 
sincere defense of their revolutionary gains, trying to extend the 
revolution in the 1960s and 70s, abandoning this approach, 
socialism-in-one-country, mass mobilizations of the Cuban people in 
their own defense, internationalist in fighting for national liberation 
in Africa, single-party "gov't equals Party", etc.

"Stalinism" to the degree this is a 'negative' connotation is in my 
mind a completely useless term as applied to Cuba, it's Party, and it's 

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