[Marxism] Fwd: The new Cuba: myths and realities – International Socialism
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Sat Oct 8 08:20:51 MDT 2016
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
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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