[Marxism] Models

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sun Aug 20 09:46:30 MDT 2006

>If this is correct, why is this not a deal-breaker for support to
>Cuba, but is a deal-breaker for support to Iran?
>What am I missing here?

There are no bosses in Cuba, so I am not sure who a strike would be 
directed against. Prices, wages, etc. are set by a government that is 
composed by working people who took power in the early 1960s. There is no 
privileged bureaucratic strata in Cuba either. Factory managers, for 
example, make far less money than they would in the USA. So do baseball 
players, who are constantly tempted to defect to the USA to become 
millionaires. On the other hand, Iran is a capitalist country with a very 
uneven distribution of wealth and political power. There is also high 
unemployment, particularly among youth. In Cuba, everybody has a job as 
well as access to free medical care, transportation and housing. At any 
rate, Cuban trade unions have quite a bit of power even if it is not 
expressed in terms of strikes. It is widely acknowledged that the main 
opposition to Chinese-type "reforms" comes from the Cuban unions. 

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