[Marxism] Moderator's note/China

Walter Lippmann walterlx at earthlink.net
Thu Nov 23 16:11:28 MST 2006


It's a common human trait, from which I also suffer at times, when 
we remember things as we wish they were rather than as they did
in fact occur. The Cubans have learned a lot from what happen at
the time of Che's mission to Bolivia. In fact, Fidel advised Che not
to go as early as he did. This is documented in Piniero's book that
was published by Ocean Press.

Cuban intervention in Latin America includes more than a few errors
of precisely the kind Louis Proyect says didn't happen. Pull out your
copy of DYNAMICS OF THE CUBAN REVOLUTION by Joseph Hansen
to review some of the errors which were correctly pointed out at the
time by Hansen, a Trotskyist, but rather rarely a sectarian:

JOSEPH HANSEN ON TACTICS AND STRATEGY (1967)
http://www.marxists.org/archive/hansen/1967/11/olas.htm

SEVEN ERRORS MADE BY CHE GUEVARA (1969)
http://www.marxists.org/archive/hansen/1967/11/olas.htm

WHY CASTRO ENDED UP IN A MINORITY IN VENEZUELA:
http://www.walterlippmann.com/hansen-venezuela-1969.html

Of course Joseph Hansen was also the editor of THE MILITANT
in 1959 and onwards, when the SWP committed all of those very
sectarian errors toward Cuba which Socialist Action and other
Trotskyists cling to today, and are repeating throughout Latin
America. Remember "The main danger to toe Cuban Revolution
is in its own leadership"? Joe was the editor of THE MILTANT at
the time that was written, and much, much more. For examples:
http://www.walterlippmann.com/militant-cuba-1959.html

I believe Joseph Hansen learned a great deal from his earlier
experiences. Socialist Action is stuck in a timewarp, repeating
today what the SWP did in 1959 and 1960 since they haven't
learned anything from experience as Joseph Hansen did:
Socialist Action is against Chavez, against Evo Morales,
against Lula and so many others. The more some things
change, the more some things tragically remain the same:
http://www.socialistaction.org/editors9.htm


Walter Lippmann
CubaNews

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LOUIS PROYECT WROTE:
Of course it was accepted, but it was wrong. Parties have to make 
their own mistake. One of the good things about Cuba, among many 
good things, is that it never used its authority to direct Latin American 
revolutionary parties. OLAS was about as close Cuba came to having 
this kind of relationship, but the formation was more an attempt to 
coordinate armed struggles rather than to set the line of march for 
particular parties.






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