[Marxism] Goodbye to Leninism

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sun Nov 16 07:30:15 MST 2014

On 11/15/14 7:53 PM, Charlie via Marxism wrote:
> Cuba survived independent of imperialism and took the socialist road
> because the Castro group and the Communists merged fairly soon after
> liberation.

During the 1930s the Popular Socialist Party, the official Stalinist 
group, supported Fulgencio Batista about whom secretary-general Blas 
Roca said “When Batista found the path to democracy, the party helped 
him.” Batista returned the favor and enjoyed a close relationship to the 
party. Two PSP'ers became part of Batista’s cabinet in 1942. This was 
all part of the Popular Front strategy that in the USA was implemented 
as tail-ending FDR, including support for putting Japanese Americans in 
concentration camps.

Batista left office in 1944 but returned as a dictator in 1952. While 
opposing the takeover, the PSP continued to operate as a reform-oriented 
housebroken opposition party. It reserved most of its zeal to be used 
against the youthful guerrillas led by Fidel Castro who were described 
as “putschists” after the 1953 attack on the Moncada.

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