[Marxism] China and Cuba?
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.
"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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