[Marxism] Cuba's eternal dilemma: annexation or independence (freedom of the press)

Sayan Bhattacharyya ok.president+marxmail at gmail.com
Mon Feb 12 17:51:46 MST 2007

On 2/12/07, Louis Proyect <lnp3 at panix.com> wrote:

> Are you out of your fucking mind? The government raised the
> possibility that it might charge my organization  with espionage in
> 1989 because we had a meeting at the Cuban Embassy in NYC to discuss
> sending some volunteers to teach computer programming.

But  isn't it notable that this was 1989 -- i.e. before the  end of the
Cold War?

> Jesse, you might want to think hard about whether you belong here. If
> you need advice on how to have discussions with likeminded people,
> please contact me offlist.

On the  other hand, I think discussions like this are extremely important.
I know any number of  left-minded people  in India who are turned  off  from
socialism  as a result of  instances like this.  If we want to talk about
socialism to young people, rather than be content to just talk about it
among people who are already socialists, we need to be clear in our minds
about all the issues at play, and open discussion about these things is
absolutely crucial. Maybe Cuba did have good reasons to imprison these
people without trial for a year or more. But I think we need to discuss
these things openly, without such comments as "Do you belong here?"
addressed right away to those who want to discuss these things.

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