socialist democracy and cuba after castro

21 09 2008

Too long have the workers of the world waited for some Moses to lead them out of bondage. I would not lead you out if I could; for if you could be led out, you could be led back in again. I would have you make up your minds there is nothing that you cannot do for yourselves.” Eugene Victor Debs, 1905.

A socialism without democracy and civil liberties, where equality is limited to sharing poverty, is little different from a beehive with a Queen Bee in command. In such a society individualism would surely be eliminated, except for the Queen Bee’s, but so would political pluralism and individuality, which is not the same thing as individualism.” Samuel Farber

We would like to draw our readers’ attention to this interesting exchange between Samuel Farber and Saul Landau over the situation in Cuba and the transformations it is set to experience.

Life after Fidel – by Samuel Farber

Landau’s reply and a further response by Farber

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3 responses

22 09 2008
Renegade Eye

I will read the documents later.

This discussion is occuring in Cuba as well.

Celia Hart had her flaws, but atleast she brought the question of a Trotskyist outlook to the Cuban table.

14 11 2008
Wombo

“I am not a liberator. Liberators do not exist. The people liberate themselves.” – Ernesto Che Guevara

14 11 2008
Chris

What exactly was that Trotskyist outlook for Cuba? In light of the fact all the Trotskyists were repressed after the revolution how was Celia Harts different? Does it involve a campaign for free trade unons? Improved conditions for workers, workers-management, freedom for workers party’s, open borders – after all whats the fear of people travelling freely?




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