[Marxism] AP:Cuban Communst says party shouldn't kick him out

Fred Feldman ffeldman at bellatlantic.net
Wed Jul 14 05:21:31 MDT 2010

Associated Press
Cuban communist says Party shouldn't kick him out

HAVANA - A prominent Cuban intellectual who publicly decried government
corruption is fighting expulsion from the Communist Party, saying the
punishment would hurt the country's global standing.

Historian Esteban Morales was recently ordered removed by a party committee
in Havana's Playa district, but lower-ranking members deemed the action too
harsh and rejected it while Morales appeals.

At issue is a blistering article he wrote in April declaring that corruption
at the top of Cuba's government - not the meddling of opposition activists -
is the greatest threat to the island's communist system.

Morales posted a new article Monday on a leftist political website saying
that if the response to his original work was intended to punish or making
an example out of him, then it would reveal to the world how closed-minded
the party leadership is.

"It sends a message to the revolutionary intelligentsia, the party faithful
and the left in general that the party is going to be relentless with those
it considers to have erred, even if they did so in good faith," he wrote on
the leftist political site kaosenlared.net on Monday.

Targeting him and potentially other whistle-blowers, Morales said, will
discourage self-criticism by party members. He is demanding the party,
"finish getting the dead weight of bureaucracy off our backs ... and
declare, as we have said, war without mercy against corruption."

In his April article, Morales said some Cuban officials are preparing to
divide the spoils if Cuba's political system disintegrates, like the shadowy
oligarchs who emerged from the collapse of the Soviet Union.

That work was surprising in its frankness and appeared on the state-run
website of the National Artists and Writers Union of Cuba. It was removed a
day after foreign media in Havana reported on it - but has subsequently been

Morales wrote then that corruption is much more dangerous than organized
political dissent.

"Corruption is truly counterrevolutionary because it comes from within the
government and the state apparatus," he wrote.

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