Cuba

For or Against The Bay of Pigs Invasion of Cuba 1961: Max Shachtman Debates Hal Draper

The dispute over attitudes to the "Bay of Pigs" invasion was the first sharp break on a big world-political issue which separated the ageing Max Shachtman from long-time co-thinkers such as Hal Draper and Julius Jacobson.

This pamphlet, published by Draper in May 1961, presents the dispute.

Click here to download pdf (which includes excerpts from the contemporary press not transcribed below, giving factual background on the invasion).

Contents and note

The dispute over attitudes to the "Bay of Pigs" invasion was the first sharp break on a big world-political issue which separated the ageing Max Shachtman from long-time co-thinkers such as Hal Draper and Julius Jacobson.

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Cuba's new oppositions

With the passing of the historic generation of revolutionary leaders in the next five to ten years, a new political landscape will emerge in Cuba where oppositional political action may resurface.

Fifty-five years after its revolution overthrowing the Batista dictatorship, its original generation of leadership has begun to pass away and the future of its “socialist” project remains uncertain.

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Cliff's state capitalism in perspective

"I will argue that, on the level of Marxist theory, Cliff's position is an inorganic hybrid of post-Trotsky 'degenerated workers' state' theory and 'bureaucratic collectivism', and its implications and perspectives have most of the faults of post-Trotsky degenerated workers' state theory."

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Cuba as a class society

A review of Cuban-American revolutionary Sam Farber's new book on Cuban Stalinism.

Pablo Velasco and Sacha Ismail review Cuba since the revolution of 1959: A Critical Assessment, by Sam Farber.


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Cuba: dispelling the myths (Workers' Liberty London forum)

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22 February, 2012 - 19:30 to 21:30

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The Lucas Arms, 245a Grays Inn Road, London WC1X 8JR

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Facebook event here.

Much of the organised left, in Britain and worldwide, regards Cuba's government and society, created by the revolution of 1959, as socialist - not without flaws, but qualitatively different from the bureaucratic regimes which existed in the Soviet Union and still exist in states like China and North Korea.

Workers' Liberty disagrees. Cuba is not a flawed workers' regime in a difficult situation, but a consolidated system of class exploitation.

James Bloodworth (author of the Obliged to Offend blog) and Paul Hampton will lead a discussion on the character of the Cuban revolution and the state it created, and explain why from a Marxist point of view the regime led by Raul Castro can only be considered the exploiter and oppressor of the Cuban working class and people.

All welcome. Plenty of time for debate and discussion.

(Nearest tube and rail Kings Cross)

Some reading from Cuban Trotskyist Sam Farber is attached below.

"Comandante": film by Oliver Stone on Cuba, screening by London Socialist Film Co-op

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11 June, 2006 - 11:30

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Renoir Cinema, Brunswick Square, London WC1

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COMANDANTE
Oliver Stone, Spain/USA, 2003, 99 minutes
In February 2002, the US film maker Oliver Stone gained unprecedented access to Fidel Castro for a one-to-one interview over three days. They dine at the Terraza restaurant, discussing among other things the Cuban missile crisis, the US embargo and Cuba's place in the world. Does Stone pose really awkward questions? He is taken by his subject's charisma and eloquence and gives a fascinating insight into the mind of the man who has defied the USA for so long.

Discussion led by Dr Francisco Dominguez, head of Centre for Brazilian and Latin American Studies at Middlesex University and an Executive member of the Cuba Solidarity Campaign; a visitor from Cuba is also expected.

Venue: Renoir Cinema. Tickets £6. Concessions £4.
Discount to annual members £1.
Doors open 10.30am. Screening starts 11.00am. Tickets at the door.

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