[Marxism] Fwd: The new Cuba: myths and realities – International Socialism

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sat Oct 8 08:20:51 MDT 2016

Mike Gonzalez:

It might be argued that the revolution was beaten by the fall of Eastern 
Europe and the rise of neoliberalism. If that is the case, then it would 
be the responsibility of socialists to say that and to seek strategies 
in Cuba, as elsewhere, to allow the majority of working class people to 
develop methods to defend themselves against the effects of the crisis 
and to evolve a new strategy for socialism.


Haven't heard from this guy in a while. He reviews a couple of books on 
Cuba including one that sounds quite useful: Steve Cushion, A Hidden 
History of the Cuban Revolution: How the Working Class Shaped the 
Guerrillas’ Victory (Monthly Review Press, 2016).

In terms of seeking strategies that might have led to Cuba's revolution 
moving forward, Gonzalez recommends of course that the workers rule in 
their own name, which in the world of state capitalism serves as a kind 
of liturgy.

Whether that could have led to a deepening of the revolution is open to 
question. Given the economic isolation of Cuba after the fall of the 
USSR, there would have been NEP-like compromises for the same reason 
that they were adopted in the USSR. When a group like the SWP traffics 
in Platonic ideals, this hardly matters.

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