[Marxism] Verne Olson and the Cuban Revolution | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sat Jan 19 09:48:12 MST 2019

What follows is chapter fifteen from volume one of Ernest Tate’s memoir, 
“Revolutionary Activism in the 1950s and 1960s”, published by Resistance 
Books, London. In this chapter, using archival sources, he describes in 
detail how a small group of Canadian revolutionary socialists in the 
Socialist Educational League, S.E.L., later to become the League for 
Socialist Action, L.S.A., of which he was a leader, organized in 1960 to 
defend the early Cuban Revolution against a right-wing propaganda 
offensive inspired by American imperialism, designed to quarantine it 
from the Canadian people. Their campaign in defense of Cuba, he writes, 
was one of the most successful of its kind in the English-speaking world.

Ernie Tate and Jess McKenzie, who is referenced in the chapter, will be 
attending a conference on Trotskyism in Cuba between May 6-8. By making 
this chapter available to the public inside and outside of Cuba, it 
should help provide some background on how Canadian Trotskyists related 
to this historic development.


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