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

John johnedmundson at paradise.net.nz
Wed Jun 18 17:34:14 MDT 2008

On Wed, 2008-06-18 at 15:42 -0400, Ruthless Critic of All that Exists
> 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?

Because they don't exist *now* and if the government made a political
decision to create them , they wouldn't be soviets. I agree with Walter
on this. It's an attempt to define socialist revolution by its
similarity to the experience of 1917. No revolution again will ever look
exactly like the revolution of 1917 but some *may* have *soviets*.

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