RE: [OPE] Cuba After Fidel Castro

From: Paul Cockshott (
Date: Mon Jun 30 2008 - 11:05:34 EDT

It has nothing to do with the response of the masses, but
of sections within the leadership of a socialist country who
end up favouring the widening use of market mechanims.

In a hierarchical state with a president or head of state
the person in that position holds great influence. Even
individuals of personal revolutionary heroism can end up
favouring, and enforcing, the restoration of market relations
as the experience of Deng, an old Long Marcher shows.

So long as Cuba has in effect a centralised decision making
body whose social composition is unrepresentative by background and current situation
with that of the population as a whole, a simimilar situation can occur.

Paul Cockshott
Dept of Computing Science
University of Glasgow
+44 141 330 1629

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Subject: RE: [OPE] Cuba After Fidel Castro

> The reference to the great helmsman seems to have passed you by

No, In was aware of it, Paul.  I don't
think that Mao = Fidel.
The way in which the Chinese masses
responded to the death
of Mao was - at least in large part - a
response to the experience
of the Cultural Revolution (and, indeed,
it was a verdict on that 
experience).   There was
nothing similar to the CR in Cuba 
(thankfully).  The role
of Castro in the Cuban Communist Party 
was also, imo, quite
different from the role of Mao in the Chinese
Communist Party. 

In solidarity, Jerry

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