[Marxism] Does socialism have a future?
lnp3 at panix.com
Sat Dec 23 09:23:55 MST 2006
When Fidel Castro was stricken with what appears to be a terminal
illness, it prompted many commentators to muse about the imminent
collapse of Cuban socialism. This is a theme that finds new ways of
expression based on periodic upheavals both within and outside Cuba.
After the Soviet Union evaporated in the early 1990s, pundits wrote
countless words about how Cuba would be next. But socialism finds
ways to keep rolling along on the island, just like the American
jalopies that the inventive Cubans find ways to keep on the road with
chewing gum and baling wire. In every respect, socialism has the
appearance of being out of sync with a world that is either openly
capitalist or that like China wraps private property relations in a
thin tissue of socialist rhetoric.
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