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Charles Post zur Entwicklung Kubas

Posted by entdinglichung - 19. September 2012

Zwei Artikel von Charles Post auf der Webseite der New Politics, hier zwei Auszüge:

* Cuba, Socialism and Democracy:

The absence of workers‘ democracy—the ability of the working class through formal democratic institutions to effectively control economic and social life—lay at the root of the crises of the bureaucratic post-capitalist societies. The suppression of democratic rights—the right to organize politically, free press, free speech, etc.—did not prevent capitalist restoration in the east. In fact, the repression of all political dissent, whatever its political and ideological complexion, undermined the ability of pro-working class and socialist forces to organize a democratic, socialist alternative. Instead, only pro-market—pro-capitalist—political forces appeared to be the consistent advocate of „democracy“ in these societies. In all of these cases, a wing of the old Communist party officialdom—not pro-western dissident intellectuals—led the counter-revolution under the banner of „democracy“ and the „market“.

For many of us, the evidence indicates that Cuba is proceeding along the same lines, toward a party-state led restoration of capitalism. In the past two decades, the party leadership has encouraged the private sector on the island, with the Cuban army (headed by Raul Castro) initiating joint-ventures with European, Canadian and Israeli transnational corporations in tourism, mining and agriculture. Not surprisingly, the Cuban press glorifies the Chinese model of „socialism“—a restoration of capitalism under the repressive leadership of the Communist Party. This reality has not been lost on the leading representatives of U.S. imperialism. In late 2010, Wikileaks revealed that the Obama-Clinton State Department—including the US interest section chief in Havana—had concluded that the pro-Miami exile dissidents on the island had little support and the best hope for capitalist restoration in Cuba was found in the Cuban Communist Party!

Put simply, the absence of any minimal democratic rights in Cuba facilitates the restoration of capitalism, undermining the ability of working people on the island to organize against the Cuban party-state’s steps to end guaranteed employment, free health care and open the Cuban economy to the ravages of the world market.

* Is Cuba Different?, eine Rezension von Cuba Since the Revolution of 1959: A Critical Assessment von Samuel Farber:

Farber also engages various attempts to apologize for the Cuban regime. He effectively dissects claims that despite bureaucratic rule, Cuba is a beacon of „modernity“ and „progress“ in Latin America, arguing that only working class rule—embedded in institutions of popular democracy—can be a stable and viable alternative to capitalism and imperialism. Finally, Farber analyzes the economic reforms proposed at the 2011 Sixth Congress of the Cuban Communist Party. Demolishing claims that Raul Castro’s proposals for a radical liberalization of the Cuban economy, including the reintroduction of mass unemployment, was the result of „popular consultation,“ Farber demonstrates that these proposals—like similar proposals in the other Stalinist regimes—are the product of the deepening crisis of bureaucratic rule. Farber predicts that Cuba will probably proceed along what he calls the „Sino-Vietnamese road“—where elements of the party-state officialdom (in particular the Army, which has become the largest employer in Cuba through joint ventures with foreign private capital) institute a form of state regulated capitalism while maintaining repressive, single-party rule.

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… es war nicht alles schlimm …

Posted by entdinglichung - 19. September 2012

Arthur B. Robinson ist Politiker, Republican und möchte gerne in einigen Wochen für den Oregon’s 4th congressional district in das Repräsentantenhaus der Vereinigten Staaten gewählt werden. In seinen Positionen zu Themen wie Umwelt, reproduktiven Rechte von Frauen, Waffenbesitz, Einwanderung, etc. ist er ein typischer rechter Republican. Arthur B. Robinson ist auch der Inhaber eines Verlags und Buchvertriebs namens Robinson Books, auf dessen Homepage im wesentlichen ein Autor, ein Pseudohistoriker und Reiseschriftsteller des 19. Jahrhunderts namens George Alfred Henty beworben wird, welcher heutzutage kaum noch gelesen wird … mit gewissen Ausnahmen:

„In the late 1990s, a number of American publishers, such as PrestonSpeed and the Lost Classics Book Company, began reprinting Henty’s books and advocating their usage for conservative homeschoolers. Reprints of all Henty’s works are available from modern day British and American publishers. One of the major modern advocates of Henty is the American politician Arthur B. Robinson, who advocated the use of Henty’s books as the backbone of a home schooling curriculum.“

Kostproben aus Hentys Machwerken:

„the negroes on a well-ordered estate, under kind masters, were probably a happier class of people than the laborers upon any estate in Europe.“

„They [negroes] are just like children … They are always either laughing or quarrelling. They are good-natured and passionate, indolent, but will work hard for a time; clever up to a certain point, densely stupid beyond. The intelligence of an average negro is about equal to that of a European child of ten years old. … They are fluent talkers, but their ideas are borrowed. They are absolutely without originality, absolutely without inventive power. Living among white men, their imitative faculties enable them to attain a considerable amount of civilization. Left alone to their own devices they retrograde into a state little above their native savagery“

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