[Marxism] Did the Cuban Revolution enforce socialist realism?
lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Dec 31 00:23:42 MST 2012
On 12/31/12 2:16 AM, Louis Proyect wrote:
> 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. "
I neglected to mention that Womack's piece appeared in the staunchly
anti-Communist New York Review of Books.
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