[Marxism] The Belarus Formula

Dan Russell proletariandan at gmail.com
Tue Jul 12 14:16:01 MDT 2011

>  If you can’t tell the difference between an Ahmadinejad and a Fidel
Castro, then what is the point in calling yourself a socialist?

Not to be snarky, Louis, but do you think that the Cuban working class
actually has meaninigful "democratic control over the social product" that
they create? Obviously, there are big differences between Ahmadinejad or
Lukashenko and Castro, but I've never seen anything to convince me that Cuba
is qualitatively more 'socialist' than Iran, Belarus, China, or France when
workers' democracy - rather than foreign policy, comparative social welfare
statistics, or levels of repression, etc - is the qualifier.

> Socialism is all about working class power, not “condescending saviors” as
The Internationale puts it.

Again, not to be snarky, but as a former Cubaphile, Fidel seems to fit the
'condescending savior' bit as well as anyone.


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