|S0CIALIST CUBA, THE HOPE OF THE PLANET
The nature of the relentless and continuing colonial and imperialist
domination of Cuba by Spain and the United States especially since 1898
changed dramatically with the triumph of the Cuban Revolution in 1959.
imperialist vulture to the North was driven out militarily, economically,
politically and culturally. However the imperialists, fearing that a
humane and just model for the overwhelming masses of people would not
good for exploitation and their super profits, used new methods of
destabilizing the new Cuba. On October 8, 1987, the 20th anniversary
death of Ernesto Che Guevara, Fidel said that Che “was totally
using and developing capitalist economic laws and categories in building
socialism.” Che advocated that the “building of socialism and
not just a matter of producing and distributing wealth but is also a
of education and consciousness.”
It then becomes apparent why Cuba, a beacon of internationalist solidarity
for oppressed peoples worldwide, became anathema not only to the
transnational corporate ruling class and their political puppets in
Street, western Europe and Tokyo but also those who have rejected Marxism
for more pragmatic philosophies; liberals, neo-liberals, neo-marxists,
anarchists and various trends within social democracy. Those who
recognized a really existing socialism, who have embraced opportunism,
not prepared for nor could they accept the arming of the Cuban masses,
the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution, the Peoples’ Assemblies,
the voluntary work or the use of moral incentives which were later modified
under the pressures of the imperialist Blockade-an act of war-according
international law. No these folk could not accept Revolutionary
attempts at creatively applying Marxism-Leninism.
The revisionists and opportunists discount the terrorist acts, over
the C.I.A. funded Radio Marti, assassination attempts and the support
counter revolutionaries in and outside of Miami. No, they call
elections” bourgeois style which offers the evil of two lessers to the
masses. Or they call for freedom for “dissidents” another useful
that masks their counter revolutionary acts within Cuba and connections
western imperialist sources. Some like the former Chief of the
Interests Section in Havana, Wayne Smith, calls for an end to the “embargo”
(a more benign term) not because Cuba is a sovereign state which first
foremost means the right to self determination including the right to
socialism, NO. He and his ilk want to end the Blockade for ulterior
namely to bring a little perestroika and glasnost to the island.
they, like the gusanos, look to a smooth “post Castro transition” really
meaning a post socialist Cuba.
Cuba’s nationalization and collectivization under the guidance of the
Communist Party was a political and economic declaration of war against
capitalist countries and their financial representatives at the IMF
World Bank. (Canada is a partial exception) Cuba’s staunch international
solidarity includes supporting the armed struggle in Angola to providing
doctors and training university students from other countries. This
deeply hated by those who would like to bring the “benefits” of gangsterism,
corruption and poverty now “enjoyed” by the Russian people. Those
Brecht called the intellectual pimps for the bourgeoisie belittle the
accomplishments of a Cuba under siege such as safeguarding the high
of health, education, and literacy services while seeing to it that
goes hungry or is homeless.
Does this mean that this beacon and alternative model to the “free market”
has solved all basic social, political and economic questions?
not. In his eulogy honoring Che, Fidel asks “what are we rectifying?”
Self critically including his own mistakes he says that “we’re rectifying
all those things –and there are many- that strayed from the revolutionary
spirit, revolutionary work, and revolutionary responsibility; all those
things that strayed from the spirit of solidarity among people.
rectifying all the shoddiness and mediocrity that is precisely the negation
of Che’s ideas, his revolutionary thought, his style, his spirit, and
example.” Of course Fidel had in mind a developing bureaucracy
as well as
technocrats and some intellectuals that never appreciated the fact that
while there may be compromise in dealing with other states and Parties
could never be a compromise of the fundamental ideological underpinning
Cuba is a multicultural mixture of Spanish, African and Indigenous peoples.
Yet quite legitimately many comrades and friends have questioned Havana’s
policies and efforts toward bringing more people of color into higher
government, Party and professional positions. The Central Committee
Party acknowledged this problem 15 years ago and made decisions accordingly.
About three years ago I had the privilege of attending a meeting arranged
Black comrades who invited a member of the Department of International
Relations of the Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party.
Adelina, is a Black woman who was in the U.S. on a Fellowship to study
institutionalized racism in the U.S. There were many hard and
questions as to the proportionate representation of people of color
particularly those of very dark complexion in all spheres of society.
guest provided data and policy decisions of the Party in the social,
economic and political areas whose goal was to significantly improve
situation. The results of this truly affirmative action by the
government more than doubled the number of people of color in the leading
bodies of society. This was accomplished in less than 5 years.
Comrade Adelina indicated that the Party has made this an ongoing priority.
Unlike China, who, while professing socialism and the supremacy of the
Party, is well on its way to dismantling its socialist infrastructure
accepting the IMF version of globalisation meaning an entry of
transnationals into their economy using extremely cheap labor while
comparatively few become wealthy. The Socialist Republic of Vietnam
is at a
crossroads and seeking most favored nation status while Nike sets up
outpost there for capital accumulation. It is too early to tell
North Korea will travel the same path. Of course there are enormous
contradictions between these countries and the developed nations.
Frequently the former are forced into taking anti-imperialist positions
which should be fully supported. Cuba does have joint ventures
and Germany for instance but under conditions that guarantees
its economy. We must be crystal clear that there is no hybrid
While certain compromises and even retreats are necessary at a particular
historic juncture, (such as Havana’s need for hard currency and the
development of a mini parallel economy around tourism) the fundamental
course is either socialist or capitalist. Solidarity with and
ideological support for Socialist Cuba deserves the highest priority
all who seek to better the human condition.