[Marxism] Did the Cuban Revolution enforce socialist realism?
lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Dec 31 00:16:47 MST 2012
On 12/31/12 1:19 AM, Joaquín Bustelo wrote:
> I have a very important criticism to make of Louis's article. Farber's
> position should not have been questioned or refuted. He should simply
> have been rejected.
Trust me, Joaquin, I have lots of other projects that are demanding my
time but I think it is not just the ISO and Solidarity that are drinking
Farber's Kool Aid. It is also the British SWP that although largely
relying on Tony Gonzalez's own brand of Cubanology does also publish
Farber's garbage as well.
Plus, there are some important theoretical questions that deserve airing
out. For example, what kind of "totalitarianism" is it that allows
someone like Yoni Sanchez to defame the revolution openly?
It is typical of Farber to use words like the caterpillar does in "Alice
in Wonderland". He twists their meaning around to accommodate his crappy
In a similar vein, he has a rather lengthy attack on the credibility of
the UN HDI statistics that place Cuba in the top third of nations
worldwide. He says that they don't really measure the level of suffering
in Cuba and that--implicitly--a special statistical criterion be applied
to Cuba on a sui generis basis. His animosity toward Cuba is actually
rather pathological when you get down to it.
Frankly I wonder how many rank and file ISO'ers or British SWP'ers
really take the trouble to put his crap under a microscope like I do.
Frankly, I feel like I am working for the Center of Disease Control
sometimes. For example, in chapter one he has this business about Cuba
giving American sociologist Oscar Lewis a hard time. After a brief
search, I discovered that the respected left Mexico scholar John Womack
Jr. wrote a piece on Lewis titled "An American in Cuba" back in 1977.
Here's a telling snippet of Womack's piece that I was able to read by
virtue of my Columbia University retiree privileges:
"As Lewis gained confidence in Project Cuba, he lost his main contact
with Fidel—Dr. Vallejo died in August 1969. Without advice he trusted,
Lewis pushed his luck. In October, and two or three times afterward, he
used the Israeli diplomatic pouch for correspondence from the United
States. And in March 1970, he began interviewing a mysterious Havana
professional, who had been arrested during the Bay of Pigs attack and
remained a staunch gusano since. Mr. X, as Mrs. Lewis calls him, had
come to Lewis to tell his story, and turned out to be a relative of a
prominent Cuban official, himself a friend of the State Security
director. In his interviews Mr. X praised the United States, President
Nixon, and the fight against communism in Vietnam, and complained about
his own country. As if he thought it mattered to the project, he also
gave Lewis some low-down on the love lives of his country’s leaders. As
if he thought it mattered too, Lewis let him talk. "
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