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

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Wed Jun 18 13:42:46 MDT 2008


On Wed, Jun 18, 2008 at 1:59 AM, Walter Lippmann <walterlx at earthlink.net> wrote:

> Where are the Soviets in Cuba? Since there never were any
> Soviets at the time of the armed struggle, how can anyone
> complain about their absence. Soviets, when they arose, were
> a completely spontaneous expression of working class political
> power, as they had been in 1905 and 1917 Russia. But no one
> can call soviets into existence by political decision,

Why not? Cuba does have Committees for the Defense of the Revolution
(CDRs) in local neighborhoods, does it not? These CDRs are there as a
result of a political decision. If CDRs can exist, why would it be so
impossible for workers' soviets (or workers' councils) to be created
or to exist?

>so it
> is absurd to ask where were the Soviets, since there never
> were any. Well, there were some in 1933, but during the Cuban
> Revolution led by Fidel, there never were any.

Merely that something has not existed in the past is hardly a good
reason explaining why it does not or can not exist in the present.
Imagine, Walter: the Cuban revolution itself did not exist in 1950.
But it does exist today.




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