[Marxism] China and Cuba?

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sun Dec 8 03:37:03 MST 2013

On 12/7/13 10:54 PM, En Passant with John Passant wrote:
> Paul D'Amato explains why those countries that call themselves
> socialist are nothing of the sort, as part of his series on the ISO's
> "Where We Stand" statement in the latest Socialist Worker US.
> http://enpassant.com.au/2013/12/08/tyrannies-ruling-in-the-name-of-socialism/

"China and Cuba, like the former Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc, have 
nothing to do with socialism. We support the struggles of workers in 
these countries against the bureaucratic ruling class."

That's supposed to be an "explanation"? Maybe whoever maintains the ISO 
website can track down the missing words when they find time to spare 
from working on the ACA website. I have seen a better "explanation" of 
Chinese and Cuban society scrawled on a bathroom stall in a Texaco 
station in the Deep South.

Part of the problem, of course, is that China is one of the most 
aggressively capitalist countries in the world while Cuba is only 
experimenting with Chinese type market initiatives. Maybe the ISO'ers 
have a better idea how the Cubans can desperately needed foreign revenue 
so as to be able to buy spare parts and medical supplies only available 
from advanced capitalist countries. Sell T-Shirts with Ahmed Shawki's 
smiling face on the front, or tapes with his sublime insights?

This is not to speak of the appropriateness of making a dig at Cuba 
after Paul LeBlanc assured a Left Forum (or HM audience) that Cuba is no 
longer a litmus test for membership. You see, I was all set to join the 
ISO next week but not now. (Just kidding.)

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