Re: [OPE-L] Che's economics

From: David Yaffe (david@DANYAF.PLUS.COM)
Date: Sat May 05 2007 - 11:21:36 EDT


Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! had a review of this book in FRFI 90
October 1989 - republished in The Legacy of the Bolshevik
Revolution,  Larkin Publications 1992 (still available from Larkin
Publications). Further important material from Che Guevara can be found in
his Apuntos Criticos a la Economia Politica, Editorial de Ciencias
Sociales, La Habana 2006,  published also by Ocean Press. An English
translation has been promised.

Che's position is well thought out and cannot be reduced to slogans re
value and money. He had to make decisions re the Cuban economy and
socialism in real life as Minister of Industry from 1961 - 1965.

Helen Yaffe has recently completed her PhD at the  London School of
Economics on Ernesto Che Guevara: socialist political economy and economic
management in Cuba 1959 - 1965. You can contact her at Institute for the
Studies of the Americas, London University. You can write to her at

She should be able to give you further source material.

David Yaffe

At 21:44 04/05/2007 +0100, you wrote:
>Has anyone read:
>"Che Guevara: Economics and Politics in the Transition to Socialism" by
>Carlos Tablada
>And if you have read it what do you make of it?
>I recall reading, or at least hearing in discussions with people back in the
>days of SDS in the late 60s that Che was in favour of replacing money with
>calculation directly in terms of value. I have been wondering recently
>if there is any truth in this, and if so what sources there are for his
>ideas on it.
>Paul Cockshott

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