[Marxism] Samuel Farber - Platismo Lives

Ken Hiebert knhiebert at shaw.ca
Wed Apr 13 09:40:18 MDT 2016

Article by Samuel Farber and a response in Havana Times.
			ken h


The politics of this right wing — both on the island and abroad — that has long curried the favor of Washington elites is rooted in a perspective called “Platismo.” The origin of the term goes back to 1901, when the first constituent assembly of the island was forced to accept an amendment to the Cuban constitution authored by US senator Orville Platt giving the United States the legal right to intervene in the country’s internal affairs.

For the next thirty-three years, the United States, with the explicit support of many Cuban Platista politicians, availed itself of this license repeatedly, influencing policy under the threat of military occupation — a threat it carried out on several occasions.


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