[Marxism] Celia Hart on her collaboration with Woods/Grant Trotskyist group at Havana Book Fair
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Mon Apr 11 12:17:10 MDT 2005
IN DEFENCE OF MARXISM WEBSITE
"El Militante" and Celia at the Havana Book Fair
By Celia Hart
We have been together for more than two weeks, your comrades from El
Militante, Jordi Martorell, Carlos Ramirez and Carlos Rosich and my
Life is built from little strips, and we will see how we do it, but for
now I wanted to comment:
Together we posted the golden image of Trotsky next to that of Lenin,
and to that of Che. Together we assisted thousands of comrades who
welcomed our friend Trotsky to Cuba. Together we showed how the ideas of
Marxism, fresh and clear, dominate the world, like the red colours of
the binding of that blessed Communist Manifesto, that once again
together we declared just baked from the furnace of History.
Together we attended the launch of several important books: the
marvellous essays of Adolfo Sanchez Vazquez, where he declared that the
other, better world is socialism and that it depends on us, unless we
wish to have barbarism ... which seems like a dreadful option, doesn't
We were also together at the presentation of Alan Woods' book, Reason in
Revolt, to a full house, where we nearly, nearly, ended up singing the
Internationale, with the last sentences of the Manifesto in the youthful
and fiery voice of our Jordi. Jordi with messy hair who at least got us
on our feet ...
Also, let this be known, we were together at the presentation of Carlos
Tablada's book "Economic Thought of Ernesto Che Guevara". There were few
of us in the room, but the excellent lesson that Nestor Kohan gives
every time he picks up the microphone, with "a long breath reflection",
Nestor is that indispensable teacher for when we lose the links between
Marx and America, or between rigor and passion.
If we are to study Marxism in America, let Nestor accompany us, he is
our best ally. Three books: "Marx in his (Third) World", "Towards a non
colonised socialism... Ernesto Che Guevara... another world is
possible", and above all, the book launched at this edition of the Fair,
"Capital ... History and Method". He shows us how an illiterate with
love and patience can understand Marx.
Yes, in Argentina and America we are lucky to have that small person
with brown hair and massive glasses who teaches us the path towards this
greater will for something - something that is not clearly defined but
so solid, something I am definitely fighting for. Nestor Kohan and
Marcelo, the editor of "Nuestra America" were drinking mates next to me,
sitting on the floor of the Fundacion Frederico Engels stand. There we
decided together which Che it is that we so badly need.
Che was one of those most hurt by the bureaucracy in the USSR, as much
so as Trotsky. Why do they set them apart so much?
I know that my Argentina will search for the springs that will make this
And the Cuban people? Our stand was overflowing with them: On one side
Permanent Revolution, which sold out, and of which the daughter of the
current president of the world Hugo Chavez, the beautiful Gabriela,
bought half a dozen. It was the same dark edition which trembled in her
father's hands in Madrid.
And Reason in Revolt? It continued to sell after that presentation by
our Jordi. And many more books, above all the documents and books that
we were able to sell in our marvellous national currency.
My fellow countrymen were running to get hold of that literature which
had seemed to be dead.
And in this way we have celebrated Valentines Day, filled with
revolution, which is the most precise way to be happy.
My most beautiful comrades have stayed at home filling with their voices
and their breath my round table. And here Cuba has gone through their
This is how I want them to know Cuba! With our daily vicissitudes, but
also with the smile of my youngest son, who does not think the sun can
rise when "the comrades from El Militante" leave the house.
Nights spent trying to understand this or that thing, in front of a
table and with our souls full of expectation, but above all a
willingness to do so.
This is more or less how it all ended. It ended only to begin ... isn't
revolution permanent? It was revolution that we made permanent in this
Fair, by the actions of those who believe that Trotsky is inevitable in
order to make it possible, and others who think that in this enterprise
Che is indispensable.
Revolution or Death
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