[Marxism] State Capitalism in Cuba?

Dbachmozart at aol.com Dbachmozart at aol.com
Thu Aug 11 13:07:13 MDT 2005


>In response to my writing -

If the Cuban revolution did not overthrow capitalism but merely created a
>state capitalism, and if life for the great majority of Cubans is 
>qualitatively better than before 1959, are we as Marxists wrong to 
>declare capitalism a thoroughly reactionary system? Wouldn't we be forced 
>to admit that capitalism (in its statist form) still has some progressive 
>potential and thus socialism and the idea of the working class taking 
>power is not on today's agenda?

T Hartin writes -

The long boom was a period of relative prosperity which saw real 
improvements for the working class, does that mean our slogan has to be 
"bring back keynsianism"? Actually that is the position of some social 
democratic left, but its not the position of revolutionaries.

I'm sorry if I wasn't clear. More than simply providing a better living 
standard, the Cuban revolution solved the agrarian question by carrying out land 
reform, destroyed the bourgeois state apparatus and replaced not reformed it, 
instituted a state monopoly of foreign trade and a planned economy and has for 
over four decades waged a resolutely internationalist and anti imperialist 
struggle. If a section of the capitalist class can achieve this, than aren't we 
being premature in fighting for socialism? The truth is that Wall Street, the 
State Department and the CIA understand what class rules, and so does the Latin 
American bourgeoisie.

Dennis Kobray



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