[Marxism] Coup-plotting oligarchs pose as democrats: they will not succeed
sabocat59 at mac.com
Mon Jul 28 08:18:26 MDT 2008
Fred Feldman wrote:
<From this standpoint the construction and characteristics of the Cuban
state, including its mass-based but very great capacity for centralized
struggle against the enemy, needs closer study. It should not be treated
simply as an old model that is now being surpassed by the new
processes. The new processes may be beginning to point beyond what
achieved as fighting machine against imperialism and imperialism's
oligarchs. But they also have quite a bit of catching up to do.>
During my brief stay in Ecuador 20 years ago, some of the MIRistas
would speak of Cuba in similar terms, precisely as "an old model".
Previous to the Cuban revolution, Cuba and Ecuador shared similar
characteristics--a deforming colonial legacy, a corrupt and venal
oligarchy with authoritarian tendencies, almost total economic and
political US imperialist penetration, and a small and weak economy
with an over-reliance on monoculture agroexport. The "development of
underdevelopment" was a common theme.
Both economies are still struggling with these lags on internal
development, but it's Cuba sending doctors to Ecuador, and not vice
versa. Fred makes a very good point here.
He prefaced this paragraph with another interesting point, in the
<The task today is not one of constructing an ideal "socialist" or "free
states," or infinitely divided states to reflect local communities
of strengthening the aspects of the state that empower localities
really disempowering the enemy. The struggles need to forge and
institutions of the state, from the centralized top to bottom, and
botton to the centralized top, that can express popular, indigenous and
other forms of resistance to imperialism and the oligarchy.>
The LINKS article by the FMLN expresses precisely this point as well.
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