[Marxism] Cubans see hope for change in Obama - Sent UsingGoogle Toolbar

David Picón Álvarez david at miradoiro.com
Mon Jun 16 07:16:57 MDT 2008


From: "yossi schwartz" <ssschwartz8 at gmail.com>
> The Cuban revolution of 1959 was not a workers revolution and only the
> working class can liberate itself by overthrowing the capitalist state and
> replace it with a workers state-a transition to a socialist society. The
> Cuban revolution was a bourgeois democratic revolution that solved partly
> the task of the democratic revolution. These reforms are now under attack.

Oh, really? The Cuban revolution had a bourgeois character? I'm really 
curious then, to know where the attributes of the bourgeois state are in 
Cuba. We could start from that minor point of a capitalist bourgeois state, 
like the bourgeoisie! Where are the private owners of capital, of the means 
of production, in Cuba? Clearly the Cuban capitalists who got expropriated 
by the revolution disagree with the assessment that it was a bourgeois 
revolution. How about other characteristics of a bourgeois state, like a 
nominally democratic multi-party system? Strong legal protections for 
private property in particular in the sphere of the means of production? 
Free enterprise? An economy based firmly on surplus value extraction, 
profit-driven and grounded on the law of value? The elimination of the 
obstacles to a market-based system under which workers can be freely hired 
and fired by capitalist firms? I'm looking forward to be enlightened on 
these points.

--David.





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