Re: [OPE] Marx: 'The Possibility of Non-Violent Revolution'

From: Alejandro Agafonow <>
Date: Wed Jan 14 2009 - 10:29:48 EST

I am referring to the accountability of the regime itself. Of course they have mechanisms of control to cope with dissidents!   Jerry, you are demanding that I told you how many TV-cable connections, feather beds and peaces of gold-made cutlery Castro has. But since his regime is **unaccountable**, nobody knows with certainty.   The question is how your **critical attitude** is able to leave out this unaccountability, and still sustains that the privileges of Castro, his family and his close collaborators, do not exist.   The only possible answer is an act of faith.   If there are no democratic mechanisms to substitute Castro in the state headquarters, what do impede to consider him de facto ownership of the Cuban patrimony? Or at least, why should we suspect that he abstains himself to abuse of his privileges?   The only answer is an un-socialist faith in his benevolence.   Sincerely yours, A. Agafonow ________________________________ De: GERALD LEVY <> Para: Outline on Political Economy mailing list <> Enviado: miércoles, 14 de enero, 2009 14:34:21 Asunto: RE: [OPE] Marx: 'The Possibility of Non-Violent Revolution' Alejandro:   You didn't answer this question:     > What bureaucratic privileges and (personal) wealth are you referring to? Special access to Cuban cigars?   but instead made other claims, such as:   > But in the situation of lack of almost any kind of mechanisms of accountability in Cuba,   There are mechanisms of accountability: note what happened to a Cuban official who was found to be guilty of trafficking drugs.   > how can you trust Jerry that the advantages Castro takes confine themselves to having Cuban cigars?   WHAT advantages?    > Don’t you think that this position seems to rests upon an act of faith?     No, it is a progressive and critical position: it demands *proof* from reliable and independent sources for the claims that you are making. As for the austerity of the Cuban people which you refer to, this is a consequence of US imperialism and its violations of international law in relation to Cuba.   In solidarity, Jerry 

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