by Pepe Escobar for Sputnik International
Donald Trump, commenting on the passing of Fidel Castro, branded him a mere “dictator”. Whatever the long-lasting results (and mistakes) of the Cuban experiment, History has already de facto recognized Fidel as one of the great revolutionary leaders of the modern – and post-modern – era.
Trump – historical irony obliges – also has all but christened the groundswell of anger that delivered him the White House as a “revolution” – led by, and in the name of, white, non-college educated, blue collar US masses.
Yet old habits die hard. A self-appointed “leader of the free world”, true to conventional script, could never pay tribute in public to a “communist” who escaped over 600 CIA assassination cum regime change attempts – which is quite a heavy load to bear for so-called US “intel”. In the end, it was nature’s clock – not a magic bullet – that took Fidel away.
With the Cuban revolution now history, the focus switches to the current American “revolution” – which might turn out to be quite the regime change special the CIA dreams of (for others). If Fidel was The Prince as well as Machiavelli rolled into one, in gringoland the storyline may be largely about Steve Bannon, the blue collar-meets-Goldman Sachs Machiavelli to Prince Trump.
White House chief strategist Bannon has been vilified, over the top, all across the spectrum, as neo-fascist, white nationalist, racist, sexist and anti-Semite. So far, this has been the most detailed explanation of the Bannon agenda – in his own words. One underestimates him at one’s own peril.
State and revolution
Bannon in the past billed himself as a Leninist. What a shame Fidel was not paying attention.
In his highly complex and immensely engaging Apres Nous, Le Deluge (French translation recently published by Payot), master German philosopher Peter Sloterdijk explores how Lenin, in a few months in a cabin in Finland, laid out the theoretical premises of what should happen after the revolution; how the former State, under Marxist analysis, was just an instrument allowing economic exploitation and the misleading resolution of “irreconcilable” oppositions between classes (sounds quite like the current Washington set up).
For the revolutionary apparatus, it was not enough to take over the apparatus of the Ancien Regime – as social democrats would have it. That would have to be totally smashed, the ruins reassembled in new combinations until the long-term communist goal – the agony of the State – would be achieved.
Now imagine Leninist Bannon trying to package this agenda to viscerally indoctrinated “communists eat babies for breakfast” US public opinion. So he resorted to pop culture – stressing the inspirational models as Darth Vader, his incarnation Dick Cheney, and the dark side as a whole.
Smashing the State (or the establishment) was rephrased as “drain the swamp”. And to polish it all up, when talking to the establishment, Bannon added the indispensable English credibility touch as his top role model; Thomas Cromwell, the dark side behind Henry VIII, instead of Lenin. No wonder the deep state is totally freaking out.
Lenin, in trying to accomplish his revolution, as Sloterdijk observes, relied on “a double psycho-political strategy”; massive intimidation of the non-convinced (something Bannon obviously cannot deploy in contemporary America), as well as mobilization of the impoverished and enthusiastic masses attracted by the promises of the new power (Trump’s overwhelming twitter machine and Breitbart News will be in charge of this department).
In Lenin’s revolution, the faculty of political judgment was exercised by an elite that Lenin conceived as the proletariat; they became the elite via the dictatorship of the Party. All other strata, especially the rural categories, were no more than a reactionary plebe – to become useful only long term via revolutionary education.
One century after Lenin, Bannon’s proletariat “elite” will be supplied by blue collar alienation spread out across Virginia, Florida, Ohio, the Rust Belt. A special place is reserved for Reagan Democrats and Reagan Democrats 2.0 (working class minorities) as well as for all and sundry rejectionists of that good ol’ Marxist bogeyman – rigged-to-the-hilt “bourgeois democracy”.
Bannon’s early incarnation of his ideal Leninist Prince was obnoxious Mamma Grizly Sarah Palin. She could see Russia from her house – but that was about it. Trump, on the other hand, is the perfect vessel; billionaire builder/doer; a product of reality TV; the “New York New York” factor; vetted by the Masters of the Universe; no need to court donors; and a natural foe of an uppity East Coast establishment which does despise his glitter and his brashness.
Fascism and global war
To describe Trump’s “deplorables” (their definition by the establishment, via Hillary) as a fascist army, as US corporate media shills insist, totally misses the point. Marxist theory, during the 1920s and 1930s, turned fascism upside down, conceptualizing how fascism essentially crystallizes the power of finance capital (that’s something Bannon can easily sell at home). Fascism also terrorizes the working class as well as the revolutionary peasantry – thus the popular appeal of “drain the swamp”.
Mussolini defined fascism as “the horror inspired by a comfortable life”, thus leading Sloterdijk to characterize fascism as a militant-ism of street politics; total mobilization. Let’s rewind to a century ago; after 1917 and 1918, to the Left as well as to the Right, the zeitgeist dictated there was no “post-war”; in fact, the sentiment was that a global war was going on, and that had been so since times immemorial (today, under neoliberalism, global war is even more radicalized, pitting the 0.0001% against the rest.)
Under Lenin in Russia a century ago, the conflict took the form of civil war of an active minority against an impotent majority. Under the Leninist White House, the conflict may take the form of war by a very active minority (those roughly 25% of the US electorate who voted Trump) against another, infinitesimal – but very powerful – minority (the East Coast establishment, the incarnation of the Ancien Regime), with the whole saga watched ringside by a transfixed, passive majority.
“America First”; but for whom? The key question is who will end up defining America’s real national interest; true nationalists embedded in Team Trump, plus the proletariat “elite”, or the usual – globalist – suspects able to infect and corrupt any notion of nationalism.
Goodbye Fidel Castro, welcome Prince Trump (with Leninist Machiavelli attached). Brace for impact. Politics is war – what else? And “revolution” is still the biggest show in town.
” white, non-college educated, blue collar US masses.”
-Basically foundation for the country, as oppose to queery theory college educated whites. Too busy with homo-war and race-war and war on every other aspect of healthy society. The family, the religion, the history and so forth.
“-Basically foundation for the country, as oppose to queery theory college educated whites. Too busy with homo-war and race-war and war on every other aspect of healthy society. The family, the religion, the history and so forth.”
-Back when the left actually cared about the working class. Today the working class are “racist, fascist, neo-nazists”
This is off message I’m afraid. You asked a question of me on Nov 18 on “Fear and loathing in the Deep State”. Since I don’t get on here every day, it took time for me to pick up on your query, which I’ve now addressed. Just don’t want you to think me ill-mannered by failing to reply.
The way Trump characterized Fidel as a “dictator” can be explained by the crude nature of US politics which, let’s be honest, does not exactly favor intelligent and informed reactions, but rather consists of always sounding more “patriotic” more “hardline” more “strong on” and other such infantile nonsense. Trump can be forgiven (he ain’t exactly a very sophisticated or educated person anyway…)
But some of the comments to Jimmie Moglia’s piece were equally crude, reducing Fidel Castro to a dictator who killed and jailed thousands of people and who was therefore ‘bad’. Some comments even called him a CIA asset. This kind of reaction is most unfortunate as it misses the huge historical importance which Fidel Castro will have on many dimensions and, first and foremost, he was the first one to openly defy the US Empire, but not from the jungles of southeast Asia, but just 80 miles off the US border!
As for Castro’s human rights record, it is, at best, imperfect. But compared to the USA over the same time period, he is a total frigging SAINT! How can so many people be blind to that evidence?! Every single US President who was in power during Castro’s years in Cuba was immeasurably worse in terms of human rights than Castro, and by many orders of magnitude at that.
Furthermore, Castro did really help people who needed help to resist the Empire: from Angola to Venezuela – the Cubans were there to help and help they did, not US-style help with cluster bombs and missile strikes, but with doctors, engineers, water sanitation experts etc.
Does any of the above excuse Castro’s human right violations? Of course not. But these violations cannot be seen outside this context. Finally, it would also be wrong to ignore the fact that the revolutionary regime in power in Cuba very much changed over the years. It is just too simple to say “bad guys. period” when, in reality, Cuba lived through many different phases, including a truly dramatic one when the “democratic” Russia of Eltsin (whose human rights record was a million times worse than Cuba’s) back-stabbed and betrayed Cuba, not just Castro himself, but the Cuban people.
Finally, to those of you who consider Castro and the Cuban revolutionary regime, their enemy (like I did when I was young), I would suggest this: you don’t have to like a person to honestly appraise that person’s historical stature. If Castro was your enemy, then you can still honor his immense historical role without compromising your own anti-Castrist or anti-Communist stance.
Friends, please don’t be blind and don’t let crude ideological categories make you stupid and ignorant of the immense complexity of the world we live in, most of which is painted in shades of gray, not black and white.
And if you absolutely must post Sean Hannity/Michael Savage -level comments, please post them elsewhere, this blog is about intelligent discussion among educated adults, not name calling and patriotic one-liners.
Fidel has always been a discussion topic in Latinamerica. For so many years since my school days I realize that comparison are always insidious, but mostly on this topic, where the many do not even bother with trying to compare apples with apples. Saker’s pointing that to judge Cuba on Human Right according to anyway biased western standards is not only unfair but unworthy of those who call themselves “resistance to the empire”. This attitude is exactly what the empire wants and promotes, and the reason why we are still vulnerable, because we still fail in closing files, tightly.
Thanks for this calm and rational perspective on Fidel – quite welcome in the current B storm of irrationality…
“And if you absolutely must post Sean Hannity/Michael Savage -level comments, please post them elsewhere, this blog is about intelligent discussion among educated adults, not name calling and patriotic one-liners.”
I fully agree with the Saker. I used to be against Fidel Castro. Later I made a comparaison betwwen the Haïti revolution early 19th century and Castro’s revolution, I discovered why Castro was a great leader. In Haïti they made a revolution to chase the french. After their military success, the new elite did nothing for the former slaves they just wanted to replace the former colons and keep selling to Europe the cane sugar made by the poor negros. This elite wanted to be part of the ” System” which asked them to pay for their new freedom before suppressing sanctions imposed on Haïti. Actually they ruined Haïti by bowing to the “System”.
Castro’s revolution was to get out of the existing system in order to improve Cuban people development and he did succeed. He did not bow to the system and he raised the Cuban instruction’s level which was the best in all Latin America. At the end of the Soviet system, Cuba went into a hunger crisis. They overcomed that nightmare due to their level of education. Yes Fidel Castro was a great men.
When the USSR stopped supplying petrol to Cuba, they really hit the wall. It hit North Korea at the same time. Both small countries, one a top down hierarchy, and one governed by people´s councils. I read a very in depth analysis once of the 2 countries and how they handled it. In Korea, the general population got 5 inches shorter, except for the many who starved. In Cuba, they went organic very quickly, started urban gardens and many creative, smart responses. They on average lost a bit of weight. Their system distributed food fairly. No one starved. And now, Cuba has the only healthy coral reef in the Caribbean, (due to no agri biz toxic runoff).
Not the fairest comparison; Cuba is a natural agricultural paradise and was so at the time of the Revolution, while North Korea is mostly not. South Korea is more naturally the breadbasket of the North.
Also, it very much seems Castro was more interested in the well-being of his people than the Kim dynasty.
Well said saker,
I think that if we are going to deal with the immense changes facing all of us, we should begin by really accepting the true stature of leaders such as Castro instead of vilifying them without taking into account the historical record.
@ The Saker. So far, this is one of the most level headed and, mentally, sniper like summation of Castro’s life. At some point, I wanted to make Cuba my home. Best doctors, lowest crime rates, great communities, phenomenal art scene and people with amazing strength and clear identities. People have very little over there but nobody is hungry. Compare this to Dominican Republic or any other island in the vicinity…
Considering 600 assassination attempts ( those are simply well known and proven) I’m not surprised he jailed few people here and there… He was a phenomenal leader!
Compare this to Dominican Republic or any other island in the vicinity…
YES! That is so true – thanks for bringing this up. First look at the Dominican Republic or, even worse, Haiti before you criticize Cuba! And that even though the DR and Haiti had millions of dollars from Uncle Sam in various forms of “assistance” and “aid” (including US-backed coup supposedly in the name of “democracy”).
Good point – thanks!
well said….that could have been a separate article!!!!…..not just a simple observational comment….
Well said, Saker, about Castro and Cuba. Not so sure about trump, though. He’s very friendly with the Jewish mafia, whom were one of the major losers in the Cuban Liberation under Castro. My guess is the trump regime will do a zionazi with regard to both Cuba and Iran.
Couldn’t have put it better myself, Saker.
Fidel and his young companions, including Raul who was there from day one, led an armed rebellion against a military dictatorship run by the US Embassy and the US Mafia, with the help of wealthy Cuban compradors. Naturally in the course of a three year civil war some “human rights” were “abused”, as in people were killed and injured. Mostly people in Batista’s army and among the insurgents, of course. Surprise! People get killed in wars. Who woudda thought?
Post victory most of Batista’s cronies and troops fled to Florida and the southern US where the CIA reorganized them and put them on the payroll, later using them in the unsuccessful Bay of Pigs (could they have picked a more appropriate place to invade?) invasion which was defeated in 48 hours by the Cuban army led from the front by Fidel. A rather small number of them, mostly those involved in torture and mass murder, were shot by firing squad in the months following the revolution, but that was pretty much confined to the immediate aftermath of the revolution and not much different from the US killing Saddam Hussain and Mummar Gaddafi or the Nazi’s being tried and killed after WW II in Nuremberg.
Anyway, before I write the entire history of the Cuban Revolution, which I am old enough to have followed closely from the beginning, let me just sum up the entire US “Human Rights” charade in one observation:
Barrack Obama, President of the US, went to Cuba at the invitation of the Cuban government and proceeded in the standard US mix of sanctimonious hypocrisy and hubris to lecture the Cuban government on it’s supposed “Human Rights” abuses without, of course, naming any specific examples. He accused Cuba of holding political prisoners and torture, among other allegations. Meanwhile, the US itself operates the world’s largest torture centre and political prison on stolen Cuban land under Obama’s personal command.
The Mainstream Media lie machine of course never pointed out the insolent hypocrisy, or asked a single question of Obama about the fact that the only know and well documented political prison and torture camp in Cuba is run by the US Army under the direct command of the very slimeball hypocritically and sanctimoniously denouncing the Cuban government for his own crimes. It’s what the Jews call “chutzpa”.
Hey, I was for Trump and Castro as were a lot of Westerners even knowing their pros and cons.
Not everyone falls for the B.S., and actions and long term impact speak louder than the propagandists.
I guess I would have been maybe 24 or so when I read Wright Mills “Cuba”, which laid out how the CIA funded and armed Castro’s revolution, since the Batista’s were becoming too much of a political embarssment, even for the US. With their overthrow Castro asked the US for funding to get Cuba on it’s feet, but this was refused. Subsequently Castro nationalised the various operations owned by people like US Sugar, Anaconda Copper etc. The book went on to compare the revolutions achievements during the first couple of years, with what had gone before. By the time Wright Mills was writing c. 64 or 65, the US was embarked upon it’s war of attrition against Castro and the Cuban revolution. Clearly the US thought that once the Batista’s had gone, it could get back to business as usual with just a few cosmetic changes and it might even be cheaper to buy off the revolution. It turned out however that Fidel and his comrades were the real deal, that they were determined to raise up the people of Cuba from beneath the heel of economic imperialism, so that a keen sense of disappointment ensued in Washington. It was at this point that I started to realise that the USA was a somewhat less than wonderful political entity and that much of what I’d been led to believe growing up in the post WW2 era was pretty much a load of tosh. The rest everyone knows, the rest is history. It was not just Castro’s defence of Cuba, it was the exemplar he became for other leaders, other revolutionary movements. Historians will start examining the entrials of the revolution, some of which we know about, some of which reflects poorly on Castro and the society he shaped. What’s important to remember in this coming tide of revisionism, is just how much was achieved, how much was improved across the board and that it was done in the teeth of the most virulent programme of vilification and economic warfare. Tragically this was a lost opportunity for the US itself; so much untoward history has turned on this, stuff that might have been avoided, might have been turned to good account, but for a distorted vision of what democracy amounts to. And which blights America even as I write.
Pepe tries so hard to be cool snarky hardboiled and hip. He repeats a lot of very unfair and untrue crap. Trump voters are uneducated angry whites. The poor, poor minorities are just plain left out.
B.S.! No where on earth are they more included than in the US and Europe.
Their failures are because many of them refuse to play by the rules, and not because of racism.
He also always leaves out the elephant in the room when positing Lenin’s revolution as being what Lenin said it was, and not a scam by the Jewish capitalist oligarchs who financed it.
Are you speaking as a white person or a visible minority with experience living under the white man’s rules?
The Americans will instinctively hate any leader, government, country, or religion that opposes the American Empire.
THAT is what drives Americans’ hatred of Castro–not their pathetic pretexts of freedom, democracy, or human rights.
At base, Americans are moral supremacists.
They worship a false god (Americanism) and will tolerate no heretics or alternatives to the religion of American Exceptionalism.
Like all US rulers before him, Donald Trump is the next high priest of this false religion and its fundamental dictum:
Thou shalt worship no god but the Anglo Zionist God!
More importantly, thou shalt worship no other money than the U.S. dollar.
Can’t have a religion without tithing.
Has anybody posted the full text of the WSJ’s Bannon article?
Here ya go. Archived in full, sans comments:
Brutal dictator? How else are you going emancipate women in less than ten years?
I am not blind and yes the clout from big potentates give more death on the world scale then the the smaller ones. Both ideologies from the right and left = major death for the local people.
So no, I still think F Castro is a inhumain being and would be responsible for lots of death if he where an American bigshot in power. In the end if you are a potentate from left of right stuck in extreme ism’s does not matter it equals to folly that is paid in blood for by the multitudes like there is no tomorrow.
So for me Castro is right up there with the other humanitarians like Hitler, Lenin, Pol Pot being excuses called “human being”.
As always, speakers of Westish resort to their usual cant: Hitler, Lenin, Stalin, Castro, Mao, Pol Pot, etc. so as to “make a point”. Forget about Netanyahu, Obama, Blair, Sarkozy, Bush, Truman, Churchill, and countless other Western genocidalists overtly gloating in their crimes.
Fidel Castro was and remains hated by the Zionazi West for quite different reasons than the alleged ones. Conflict, after all, primarily signifies stark differences rather than kinship, mind you.
You must either be connected to the “exiles” that either supported the dictator Batista,or who loved the US so much more than they loved Cuba.And that left their country to “flee” to the US for economic reasons. Its always good to put money over patriotism, I suppose.Just ask the 5th columns in Ukraine and Russia.They know all about that too. Or,maybe instead you are one that just buys the US MSM propaganda about the “evil” Castro. After all anyone who stands up to the US must be evil,right. After all we all “know” Putin too is an incarnation of evil.Since the MSM tells us daily he is,it must be true.
But lets look at Castro’s record ,compared not to the US,the US record of killing is so enormous,that any comparison favors Castro by any calculation. But by Latin American standards. We can start with Cuba itself. The first Cuban Revolution against Spain in 1868-1878 led to the deaths of 300,000 Cubans in the war.The last revolution against Spain 1895-1898 cost the lives of another estimated 300,000 Cubans. A revolt against discrimination by people of color in 1912 cost 3-6,000 lives (mostly murdered).The 1933 revolution,that led to the unrest that helped cause Castro’s 1953-58 Cuban Revolution was a bloody war of the secret police against the “people”. And at its end mobs of common citizens went crazed with fury and hung police and other supporters of the dictator from lampposts,and sacked and burned the homes of wealthy pro-dictator supporters.Many pro-dictator elements fled to the US (we maybe see a pattern here).After the horrors of the Batista dictatorships torture chambers, and publicly hanging of his opponents (in Holguin,the Bastiano leader there “decorated” the trees in the city one Easter with 23 of Batista’s enemies as a warning to the “people”.He paid for his crimes,but his relatives escaped to Florida and conduct anti-Cuban activities as of today).At the “Triumph of the Revolution” Castro asked the people not to repeat the events of 1933,and take personal revenge on the killers. He said the new government would punish them.Many of the big leaders of the Batista forces,and some of the lower down killers escaped to “exile” in Florida. But many others were arrested,tried,and executed by firing squad.The US condemned the executions for not being “fair” trials. Though they also admit that most of those were probably guilty as charged.I suppose Castro could have not done that. He could have allowed the “people” to slaughter them as was done in 1933 instead. But he felt that,being a lawyer himself,that there had to be a trial and official justice.Not just personal revenge.
So now we can move to other areas of Latin America. First to the good friend of the US next door to Cuba,the Dominican Republic. The pro-US dictator there Trujillo is estimated to have murdered 50,000 or more during his rule.Afterwards the US invaded and occupied the country until a pro-US President was installed. He is estimated to have killed 11,000 Dominicans during his years in power (by even US reports ). In Chile the pro-US regime of Pinochet ,according to US reports (a gross under count I think) “investigations have identified the murder of 1,200 to 3,200 people with up to 80,000 people forcibly interned and as many as 30,000 tortured” . As well as many thousands that fled Chile. In Argentina,one dictator after the other left a body count.So lets just look at the last dictatorship instead of all of them. In the “dirty war” upwards of 11,000 are reported to have surely been killed. With at least double that “disappeared”. With the Argentine regime stating as they left power in 1983 that the disappeared were dead.In Colombia the “La Violenica” of 1948-1958 killed an estimated 200,000 people in that war.The latest revolutionary war in Colombia is estimated to (so far) have killed 220,000 people. Including 177,000 plus civilians. In Peru between 1980-2000,the revolution there killed and disappeared almost 70,000 people.In Brazil,Uruguay,Bolivia,Venezuela,Paraguay,the US backed regimes there killed hundreds if not thousands of their enemies during the years that Castro was leader of Cuba.
But lets not leave it just with South America. Lets look at at Central America in those years.In El Salvador the US backed regime killed (by UN estimate ) more than 75,000 people.Another 9,000 “disappeared”,550,000 were “displaced”,and 500,000 fled to other countries. In Nicaragua the US backed dictatorship killed thousands up until 1978. But then in the wars to oust them,and the US counter-revolution to regain US control,an estimated 40,000 were killed.In Guatemala,after constant US backed dictators.The people put in a reformer as President( Arbenz).But the US couldn’t tolerate that. So they organized a coup. And the dictators from then ,until the 1990’s. Killed an estimated 140-200,000 people that opposed them (mostly civilians). I’ll leave the horrors of “non-Cuban” Latin America in that period there. Leaving the deaths in Mexico and Honduras not talked about. Though they would number in the thousands beyond question. And instead will leave with a recounting of the US backed regime in Indonesia.That was also “acting” at the same time span as Castro. Even a internal CIA report (leaked) said of the regime that “the massacres” rank as one of the worst mass murders of the 20th century. And on a par with the nazis in WWII.Estimates of the murdered run from 500,000 to 2,000,000 plus. With 1,000,000 usually given for a total. But lets not think that was the last. The US backed regime invaded East Timor in 1975,and during their years of rule killed an estimated 180,000 Timorese.
Some might say “yes but that doesn’t excuse Castro”.Maybe so,but it set the scene for the time period. And it also should make people ask themselves “how do you deal with a regime like the US. That has no qualms with using mass murder for their ends. And subverts bad and weak elements throughout the World (and especially Latin America) to do their bidding”.If you are not constantly on guard,you would fall as Arbenz,Goulart,Bosch,Allende,etc,etc,did to US backed “regime change”. Had he not been hard on US stooges,he would have seen Cuban “maidan’s” backed by US troops constantly.I ask myself “what would I do to keep the nation independent” And then I say,”Viva Fidel,hasta la victoria siempre”.
Thanks, Uncle Bob 1 for these sumaries on the truth about Cuba, both in this thread and on that of yesterday.
Leave you an interesting article where all you, included Larchmonter445, will discover what your governments, without exception, your santified JKF included, since the supposed Liberation War from Spain, have done to this island and its people.
It was not Fidel Castro the criminal, but your governments from your very foundations, since you have always lived from the exploitaton of others.
“Judge Fidel Castro? Let us first judge the history of Cuba” by Míkel Itulaín
“(…) After the supposed liberation war on the island, which has already been discussed in the chapter “The US as a world power”, the North American country immediately begins to impose its interests. But let us not forget that that war also made the people of the United States see it as a humanitarian war, a war of liberation from Spanish tyranny and cruelty. That really existed, but that was not the real reason for the contest.
Actually the US never wanted a real liberation of Cuba, what he wanted was that the Caribbean treasure fell into his hands. This was already expressed by Thomas Jefferson, indicating that if Spain ceased to have control over the island, the USA should safeguard their own interests.
After the slave revolt of 1791 in Haiti, the American power feared that the example would spread to Cuba, so it saw as a threat any attempt to liberate the island. What they feared most was a revolution like that of Haiti, where black slaves took power. Another great fear was that it fell into the hands of the British. The presence of the British fleet for long discouraged US leaders from attempting military occupation. Thus, began to prepare the situation in a more calm but without delay, making contact with the Cuban landowners.(…)
(…) Submission to the US After the “liberation” was evident, in 1901 the Cuban Constitution was drafted and approved. But the US Congress also endorsed the Platt amendment, whereby they could intervene in Cuba’s affairs when they deem it appropriate. Despite some Cuban reticence of the Constituent Assembly, the US suggested that this be accepted or a complete occupation of the island was maintained.(…)
(…) For the elections was used the illustrated and censed suffragio, that is to say, they had to know how to read and write and also they had to have a quantity of 250 pesos in properties. The purpose was to exclude slaves and the entire poorer and more abandoned social sector, which was the majority among the population, thus avoiding those who were interested in changing things (…)
(…) Cuba bought in the United States not only automobiles and machinery, chemicals, paper and clothing, but also rice and beans, garlic and onions, fats, meat and cotton. They came from Miami ice cream, Atlanta breads and even luxury dinners from Paris. The country of sugar imported about half of the fruits and vegetables that it consumed, although only the third of its active population had permanent work …
Thirteen North American mills had more than 47% of the total sugar area and earned about 180 million dollars for each harvest.
There were in Cuba in 1958 more registered prostitutes than mining workers. (…)
(…) Some of the things that are also of concern about Cuba to the American leaders is the dedication that the government of that nation gives to education and health. Being available to everyone and with the highest level of quality possible. Something the USA does not do so far in its own country, since it is one of the countries with the greatest social inequalities and health neglecting among the industrialized countries.
The problem for the USA is not whether Cuba is a dictatorship or not, the problem is that it does not serve its interests and on top of that it worries all what it can about that the social assistance is the best possible for its population. Two unforgivable sins, not that of freedom, as documented by the wide American history over the world.”
I have translated only some excerpts for lack of time and space, but I would recommend translating all the article since very informational of perhaps facts that are unknown for some here.
About others, I mean those who always seem to know all about everything and even publish articles here, let you to judge if that of theirs is ignorance or plainly lack of honesty.
Excellent post thank you. Only one point to correct ,the author I think meant to say “ex-slaves” since slavery had already been ended in the 1880’s. But yes,they wanted to stop the poorer classes from voting if they could.
This was a great comment Uncle Bob 1. Enormously useful. Thank you.
Excellent well documented comment, Uncle Bob. Thanks.
We need more comments like yours, recounting real history, and not merely making assertions with no evidence, or nonsensically lumping in (whoever they wish to slander) with Hitler, Pol Pot, Attilla the Hun, and other notorious figures in history who have nothing to do with them.
Great post. Even the worst critics of Castro place the number of dead as a result of his entire career at 10,000-100,000, scraping up every estimated casualty they can.
90,000 is quite the margin of error.
Castro managed regime change to legitimate governance quite well for a guy trapped on an island with a large comprador class with no scruples, right next door to a hostile superpower with even fewer scruples.
Rightist (and sometimes leftist) partisan critics always seem to be morally tone-deaf. Sure, its OK for ‘our side’ to attack others, but wrong for anyone else to fight back in self-defense or aid said self-defense.
It might be worth reading some of his works before judging too harshly. My mother´s godfather was shot by a firing squad in the Cuban Revolution, and our families lost lands. So, I´m used to wide ranging political discussion. I love that man and the dignity of mankind which was his absolute devotion. When a small, poor country is under assault for 60 or 70 years by a major world power, well I´m sure defending sovereignty was a priority.
I read Castro´s speech when he was being railroaded by the courts after his first failed coup attempt this morning. (OK, he´s a bit long winded). I was impressed by his broad education, his idealism, his courage, and his insistence on morality. Here´s the link; https://popularresistance.org/history-will-absolve-me/
In the speech, he goes into an analysis of the conditions in Cuba at the time, and issues of legitimacy of the courts and government which is brilliant, and very relevant to what we are facing today.
Uncle Bob took the trouble of giving you some basic education in recent Latin America history, and other commenters also made a significant contribution to help you understand that there is one country that arrogate to itself since 1823 the right to rule the American hemisphere (except the portion retained by the British Empire) and, in the process, has intervened directly and indirectly, in all massacres, executions, assassinations and disappearance of millions of people from Tierra del Fuego to Rio Grande.
Against this Great Terror rose one man, Fidel Castro. And he succeeded against improbable odds to defy the USA Evil Empire and turn his country into the only speck of the planet where people are free and all human rights and needs are guaranteed by the state. The only thing that is not free is exploitation of man, therefore capitalism is not permitted.
Your invective against the Great Man is because he helped set up a socio-economic system based on fairness, justice, equality, solidarity and co-operation – the highest human values one can aspire to – and it offends you that there is such a place on this Earth. Sometimes malevolence may be justified as revenge against terrible wrongs one endures as victim but yours is an irrational sub-human response only explainable by evil intent.
Coming from left or right I do not care. Murdering people by the multitudes is never a excuse even rapt in as much idiologies one wants. But indeed if idiology is what is important humanity will endure much suffering from the hands of butchers like Castro. Since the world is full of them we won’t be in shortage of slaughter soon.
In my lifetime I only saw one leader defending every ones God given right for human dignity and was murdered for his efforts. Mr Putin, time will tell, might be the second great leader unforlding before my eyes. I very much hope so that Kennedy and Putin can be referred to in one sentence. Perfect men no, righteous ones yes.
It must rankle you no end that Fidel Castro was not a puppet of your hero president who started the last most horrific war that killed millions of Vietnamese for the purpose of “saving the US credibility as a world power”, his own words.
Never mind killing millions of foreigners, that is not tyranny, not even a crime when the perpetrator is the president of the USA. But it is the gravest crimes of all if the judicial authorities of a free country condemn their common criminals to death for high corruption. But, of course, the Cuban common criminals were classified by the US media and government as “political prisoners”, therefore entitled to migrate to the US if released. And Fidel Castro obliged! Nice neighbourly gesture.
“In my lifetime I only saw one leader defending every ones God given right for human dignity and was murdered for his efforts. Mr Putin, time will tell, might be the second great leader unforlding before my eyes. I very much hope so that Kennedy and Putin can be referred to in one sentence. Perfect men no, righteous ones yes.”
Oh for Pete’s sake, not the Jesus man tooth fairy again? it’d be helpful to attempt to keep the debate rational, even for a small while.
Murdering self-centred people while others suffer will always be acceptable in my opinion. In connection with that I can recommend you read Douglas Smith’s “Former People: The Final Days of the Russian Aristocracy”.
Mr Putin and the Russian leadership are polar opposites to what Castro stood for – inequality in Russia is on a par with the very worst of “the West”. So, if you are searching for a “leader” to defend a right for human dignity i’d recommend you look somewhere else.
I guess it depends what you think “human dignity” to be?
I get your point about leaders in general though – all leaders have the propensity to become bad or have a bad replacement. I think Earthrise’s point that power is the essence of the problem is true and that it must therefore become dissipated (somehow) or the groundhog day loop will continue ad-infinitum.
Oh yes, self-centredness could take a lot of weeding out.
“Mr Putin and the Russian leadership are polar opposites to what Castro stood for – inequality in Russia is on a par with the very worst of ‘the West’.”
Repeat after me:
Putin has a rock-solid popular majority in Russia behind him. Anonymous Western dolts have not.
Putin and Russia make a difference. Anonymous Western dolts do not.
Anonymous Western dolts revel in small-mindedness and vainglory. Putin and Russia do not.
It’s plain to see that adversaries of Soros and The Tribe — especially those adversaries gifted with intelligence, honour, courage, and manliness — pose quite a nasty problem to Western self-appointed ‘expertise’. Joseph Stalin, Fidel Castro, and Vladimir Putin are proof positive of this observation.
The German Communists say: “Putin is the Thermidor of the counter-revolution.”. That seems about right.
Ah, the Finnish vulgarity who likes popularity shows.
Did you ever consider application for Idols (Finnish TV series):
I think you’d have been a good contestant – no brains required. Just in case you hadn’t noticed Stalin and Castro were Communist while Putin runs the Jurassic Park of Capitalism.
left – right as long as the pendulum swings, its all good in the usa
Since weeks ago already I have been really aware of what is going on here and what the main strategie of this Trump´s campaign/presidency is/has been.
It started with those supposed “poets” ( LaRouchites/ Far-rightists ) in the cafe broadcasting day and night the false message on that “the far-right and the far-left meet in a certain point of a circle” or, well, whatever, while broadcasting the briefings of their own far-right organizations/ asking for the vote for all the far-right wing parties all over the globe.
Then, after Fidel Castro´s decease, they came those same who supported openly the Trump´s presidency to praise and appropiate for themselves of the memory of perhaps the last living symbol of the Marxists Revolutions of the XX century.
And now, here come Pepe Escobar catalogizicing Bannon as a Leninist.
Machiavellic, I do not know, but, gnarled yes it is.
He says, Escobar, that catalogizating the Trump´s presidency as Fascist, lacks the fear factor. Well, I say, may we wait for him/them ( Bannon included ) to be really in power, to decide if the fear factor is really in fault?
Because, right now, they have not yet room for maneuver since power it is not still grabed hard with two hands.
Since here in this blog, as well as in the rest of the supposed alt-media, the overt claim of some has been that “if the left does not join this so called “revolution” then it becomes the obstacle to eliminate2, I think that, characterizicing now a neo-fascist like Bannon as a Leninist, could well be what only a machiavellic mind like his has developed as what he, most probably, thinks to be the last nail in the grave of the left in the US, say, after blaimming all the evil doings of the last Democratic administrations on the fact of them being leftists, when that is not true at all, then, double down and try to square the circle by blaming the left for the most probable terror to come, the same way that the burning of the Reichstag was blamed on the German communists.
So, nothing new under the sun, is it?
Only in a society so alienated, uneducated, depoliticized, deideologicized and disoriented by the confussing messages broadcasted by their ( all ) media as is the US society could someone have thought that he would come out well with such cheeky pretension.
Bannon is so Leninist as Mussolini or Franco could be, RIEN. Just wait and see.
This is only the newlanguage that is to come. First, those to be abated as opposite candidates of the same stablishment were catalogicized as Marxists, the revolts following the election of Trump were signaled as Fascists, and now, foreseeing the revolts to come when the people is becoming aware of the promises unfullfilled and the represion to follow, those in charge travesticized as Leninists.
This way all the Evil is charged on the shoulders of the left. Does it not seem the perfect storm for a fascist regime?
From here to requiring psichiatric medication of most of the population there is only one step.
Welcome to Brave New World!
No, all evil is not “charged on the shoulders of the left”. It is charged (by me, at least) on the masterminds of left/right divide and conquer schemes, for the last two centuries.
The “Cafe” a nest of rightists? Sorry, it is possible to disagree with both ideologies without the mind control trap of being compelled to fall into either one, like you have.
The amateur poetry attempted and the classical poetry cited tend to make some people who partake in either or both, happier. I think this may be because the associative mind is freer than one bound in ideological chains. And that’s about all that is agreed on there, with anything approaching a clear plurality, ……….which may not even be a majority.
But ideologists also seem to have a great deal of attachment to love: Of their ideological chains. Which they never, ever want to change, or cease recommending for others, even though such a disassociated state of mind is almost impossible to be a happy one. Misery not only loves company, it demands it.
I like Fidel more than the gusanos in Miami, but Larchmonter does sober one up about what a nearly impossible task he undertook. And that any saint that undertook it would not have turned communist and ready ally of the Soviet Union. But would have been a dead saint very rapidly.
I’d like to see a world where there are a few more options than that which Fidel faced, for as much of humanity as possible, if you don’t mind. Or if you do mind, for that matter. But I do wish you happiness nevertheless.
How is it that the best chance in many decades of flushing the MSM down the toilet doesn’t give you some of the joy Pepe communicates? Disorientation due to a new paradigm replacing the old left/right mind control game, perhaps? Try some really ironic poetry. That may help.
You are spot on about the potential for the “left” (if there is such a thing in the USA) to be the scapegoat for the wrongs of the “swamp” and the pretext for a new wave of McCarthyism as the “swamp” morphs into officially-declared open fascism (it is already de facto).
But I think you are overreacting to Escobar’s literary escapades. It is not uncommon for some people in positions of power and influence to have had a little flirt with the names of famous (and glamorous) revolutionaries
(e.g. Mao Tse-Tung, Che Guevara, Fidel) in their youth. Most so-called “lefties” in the US were particularly attracted to Trotsy because of the obvious connections in the banking circles of New York and the many pilgrims who went to Mexico City to touch their icon and leave a donation. But that was a passing fad from the counterculture movement of the 1960s whose hippies, beatniks, mods and rockers are now the neocons and leaders of global neoliberalism, a.k.a. neofascism.
In 1960 at grammar school we were tasked to name the democracies. Other kids gave answers such as “France”, but I gave “Cuba”. “Well”, said the lady teacher – who remembered MC Carthy – “We don’t know yet about Cuba.”
Evidently we were going to wait for an official truth given from the celestial heights. Wait to be told what to believe… It was obviously a popular revolution. Our teacher was afraid! I saw this.
I did not accept that nonsense then, and I still don’t. But I began to understand power, and now I understand power…they could take everything back then, and they sometimes did, and they still can and do. When you have power they can’t take your stuff, can’t make you move…
That was USA 1960, but times change, no?
How is Lenin in the Whorehouse, er Whitehouse, any different? Where is power now?
My own observation is that Trump (or “Lenin”) got the job for two primary reasons.
1) The pro war rhetoric and antiruskie agitprop backfired, and resulted in frightening people away from the female criminal “candidate” . I heard nearly everybody say this, privately.
2) An intelop run from mid-levels of the security services – this including numerous massive leaks.
More generally, as empires fail they go to extremes. The left in USA is simply not, not there, dead, exterminated with the bones animated by Soros and pals… Worthless.
So he default pathway if “brown”, national fascism. Duh!
Trump and the “Lenin” is all quite natural… Not nice, but natural. With it avoids the Hillarywar, maybe…
You were a very precocious child – assuming you were under twelve! So, what’s happened to you since then?
Indeed, the “left” has been driven underground into the minds of a few recalcitrant dreamers who still believe in Marxist humanism and the improvement of the human condition. On the other hand, when one reads the classics, what comes to mind is that the barbarisms of recent past since the Great Carnages of last century far surpassed in viciousness and scope anything in the history of mankind.
My hope is that there will be more Cubas to show the world that it is possible. No wonder the Evil Empire always wanted to throttle the little imp.
Revolutions often devour their own. The more repression, torture and summary execution a revolution suffers, the more it is likely to practice itself.
The Cuban revolution was a bloody revolution and it perpetuated the blood letting for two reasons: security against subversives and CIA operatives, and to hold power against whatever threatened the leadership among their own party and military.
The death sentence on General Ochoa was the final revelation of how the revolution rationalized itself. The story is not quite clear. Ochoa was a great hero. He had won the great battle of Cuito Cuanavale in Angola, and he performed hugely successfully in Nicaragua, decimating Contras with artillery and Hind Helos, saving the Sandinistas in pitched battles.
The General was considered a threat particularly to Raoul. Ochoa had the goods on Raul getting rich off the drug trade. The reports indicated that Raul used Cuba as a transit post. Raul was able to turn the tables on Ochoa, and that was the excuse to eliminate him by firing squad.
Messy stuff for the revolution.
Over the decades, the revolution never was more than a tyranny. It’s great achievements were nullified by the blood lust against anyone from anywhere who might challenge the rulers.
The disconnection between ideals and performance was profound.
Historic Cuban resistance to the Hegemon was eclipsed by the Revolution’s repression. This last generation of Cubans has no connection to the ideals. They merely want the yoke lifted off them.
The Cubans will welcome anyone who can help them. It’s not political or ideological any more. Six decades and they are no better off than under Batista.
So, did Castro succeed as the leader?
No. He succeeded as resistor and survivor. He won the test of longevity.
He lost the test of leader who improved his country. He did half the job socially. But the other half not only limited the personal lives of everyone, it truncated the development of the society. Cuba is stuck in 1959. That is undeniable.
He’s gone. Cuba remains. He did not move the nation forward, though he did half of what was needed. Education, medicine and a heroic spirit are great achievements.
But the cost on the other side was too much. Tyranny is a horror, and he and his revolution became a tyranny and a horror.
Ideology always ends that way when it achieves power. The idea becomes all. And all is sacrificed for the idea.
Che was the spirit, the icon. Fidel was the beneficiary.
The Cuban Revolution, personified by Fidel, inspired many other revolutions, FMLN in El Salvador, the Sandinistas in Nicaragua, and others. It was historic. It was heroic. And it was tragically very flawed.
Fidel was consumed—intellect, heart and soul—by an ideology that permitted, as it did in the USSR, tyranny as its most powerful expression. However, the economic justice that ideology seems to espouse, centralized socialism, communism, whatever its form, requires a tyranny to enforce, and always has.
Unfortunately, the Cubans will lose the independence they seemed to have won. The only hope for them to remain singular and sovereign and become successful is if Russia and China can pump up the economy before it totally collapses like Venezuela.
The vultures in the US are poised to devour the remains of the Revolution, burden the people with reparations for seized assets and then reprogram the social meme as they have done elsewhere when a regime fails and falls into their hands.
“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Attributed to Lord Acton. Seems to be true, regardless of left, right, communism, fascism, and any other ‘ism or system that allows power to concentrate. Both Khrushchev and Reagan at different times labeled their main adversary as an “evil” or “imperialist” empire, and both were correct! Pot calling kettle black, and it matters not who is kettle, and who is pot.
The supposed genius of the American system and Constitution, was a system of checks and balances to limit aggregation of power. Even though power hungry people began trying to subvert it immediately, it did slow it down for a while, but over time the power, and concommitment corruption, increased to where by at least the US civil war it had become almost indistinguishable from most other corrupt power systems.
That is a good analysis.
The election to prevent the solidification of the Liberal tyranny and globalist hegemony that just put Trump in power was the last chance for America. It’s system had been overwhelmed by Statists, Khazarians, Oligarchs, the MIC and the Deep State.
Some how, Liberty grabbed hold of enough people and got them into action. The world can breath a sigh of relief for the moment. Now, the hard work of rooting out the conspiracy and the most dangerous operatives.
In the name of America, democracy, human rights, and international laws the US has been a global menace. Trump speaks frequently of the hundreds of thousands and millions who have suffered just in Iraq and Syria and Libya. So, he has a consciousness about the chaos and death caused by hegemonic schemes.
We don’t know if he can win the war against these internal powers who have controlled the US for so many decades. But one month ago, we didn’t know he could win the election.
“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Attributed to Lord Acton.”
Lord Acton was a catholic who also said something about wishing every Black person would kill a Jew and then be hanged for it, or vice versa, I’m not sure which. Not that it makes any difference. The sod was a typical manifestation of corruption of his own time and now, and was a precursor of the fascism catholic capitalists introduced to fight against working class empowerment.
Its very easy to talk of economic stagnation. But without the causes being said.Its certain that the Revolutionary government has made mistakes. But those are not the main causes of the economic problems Cuba has. Its important to look at Cuba in 1959 to see the main problems.Cuba worse than almost any Latin American country was controlled by the US.Almost everything except the most basic goods were imported from the US (or Europe,but mostly the US).The electric systems were built by US companies. So all the parts were US made.The vehicles were almost all imported from the US. Meaning all the parts for them had to be imported from the US. Basically every piece of mechanical equipment used in Cuba was imported from the US. And the US owned or controlled most of the bigger corporations inside Cuba. They also took most of Cuba’s exports.It was the classic colonial economy.When the US turned the screws on the Cuban economy. It wasn’t like the mild sanctions the US and EU put on Russia. It was full out economic war against a tiny helpless country.If that wasn’t enough they “actively encouraged” the upper,middle,and technical classes in Cuba to leave the country and come to the US. Can you imagine what response you would see if the US was to say to people in Mexico,”anyone wanting to come here we want you”. But that’s exactly what they did with Cuba.Their plot was to totally destroy the Cuban economy that way. They failed to “totally” destroy it. But they harmed it badly. And have kept that up for over 50 years.They have used their power to punish and frighten other countries for trading with Cuba.Cuba for years was forced to trade (mostly) with only the USSR and its bloc countries.And getting the needed goods for a tropical country thousands of miles away was very hard.The US “blockade” has cost the Cuban economy years of process. And monetary values of over a trillion dollars.If that was not bad enough they “actually” attacked the economy using sabotage. Sneaking onto ships bound for Cuba to sabotage imported equipment (with the knowledge of European countries whose ports the ships were docked in).By low-flying planes sent over Cuba to sabotage crops in the fields.And poison animals on farms. They used terrorists to blow up factories,and power-lines. Almost every dirty trick in the book they’ve used to retard the Cuban economy.And then they stand back with the air of innocence and say “see how bad the Cuban Revolution has ruined the Cuban economy”. In the same way that they blame Russia’s problems on Putin,instead of the Western sanctions. Its just a good thing that the Russian people are able to see through those lies. And know where the blame belongs.Let me finish with this. All the improvements in education and health brought by the Revolution, were accomplished at the same time that the Revolution had to fight for its life against the US economic warfare.Which makes them even more remarkable an accomplishment.
Re ” Forget about Netanyahu, Obama, Blair, Sarkozy, Bush, Truman, Churchill, and countless other Western genocidalists overtly gloating in their crimes”
One problem seems to be that these people’s crimes simply are ignored in “the West.”
I don’t understand how this is possible, but it is so.
How many Hillary supporters had even an iota of awareness of the deaths for which she is responsible? None. Yet they go on and on about what Trump *said*—no concept of weighing actual actions and consequences and collateral damage against the potential damage of words only. And that is just Hillary.
Before Blair, Bush et al. can join the Hitler/Stalin pantheon, or line-up, I think a much more effective communication effort is needed regarding their crimes. Surely just as bad as Holocaust denial. Or worse, because the concept of the Holocaust exists so can be denied. Whereas these other crimes to do exist in public awareness “qua” crimes.
Very important information and perspective on the ongoing sabotage of the Cuban economy.
People I know who have spent quite a lot of time in Cuba:
1. Very left-wing friend, supporter of Palestine, etc. Loves Cuba—partly I think for ideological reasons and partly because it is or has been an escape from suffocating American culture.
2. In-laws. Enjoy their stays in Cuba, traveleing around and seeing everything, but complain about the food, in particular, the lack of fresh fruit and vegetables. This surprised me, in light of the (I supposed) successful agricultural response to the fall of the USSR and loss of petrol and other economic supports and trade. But they say that there is an immense distribution problem: no veg or fruit in the markets or shops; restaurant food is almost uniformly poor quality, also as a result of economic priorities and lack of any distribution infrastructure or even the priority to supply the country with fresh food. People do not have their own gardens. They feel that their neighbors will be “looking at them” if they show some initiative and grow their own produce to eat or to sell.
3. Totally apolitical friends (naively militant Hillary supporters).who sail there. love Cuba, uncritically. Love the people. No political awareness in either direction.
So, it seems like life is still hard for most Cubans, but they are in much better shape than in most other Caribbean island countries. As for “dictator,’ in the Cuba context we mustn’t forget the dictator Batista who was a “banana republic” proxy dictator providing a playground for the US elite and also an offshore haven for the Mob.
Most of the Cuban people see through the lies, also, Uncle Bob. Only the young are easily misled as they didn’t live through the history of the ongoing US blockade.
To give just a couple of examples, Cuba has a significant nickel mining industry. To prevent Cuba from selling it’s nickel to anyone, the US trade embargo stipulates that if any trace of a Cuban product can be found in any item it cannot be imported into the US. So for instance, if Cuba wants to sell nickel to Japan, Germany, France, or South Korea in exchange for busses or whatever, the US will then block the import of any Japanese, German, French, or South Korean product that may contain any trace of Cuban nickel in it’s stainless steel or other components. The effect being to prevent any country from purchasing any nickel (or any other Cuban product) for fear of having their products locked out of the US and US controlled market.
Another example is the time Cuba purchased and paid for 200 city busses from Leyland in Britain. The busses were duly built and loaded onto a freighter for delivery to Cuba. As the ship steamed down the English Channel an ancient rusted WW II US Liberty ship with no markings, flag, or port of registry deliberately rammed into it, sinking the freighter and killing some crew members. The Liberty ship was scuttled and the crew picked up by a US destroyer and delivered to a US navy base in Holland where they promptly disappeared. Divers eventually determined the mystery Liberty ship had been mothballed in a fleet of old WW II relics owned by the US military in Chesapeake Bay in the US until a month or so before ramming and sinking the ship delivering the busses to Cuba.
The net effect was to delay delivery of the new busses for Cuba by years as all the insurance litigation proceeded with a mystery uninsured ship involved, and eventually new busses were ordered, built, and delivered. So people waiting for the bus in Cuba had to wait longer for years afterward. That is only a couple of examples of the full spectrum ongoing crimes against Cuba carried out by the US crime machine, aka “government”, to this day.
Some have a little historical memory….and only see the straw in the other´s eye….
RFX/ Algunos tienen poca memoria histórica (1765)
“Cuba is stuck in 1959.”
No, you are.
“Fidel was consumed—intellect, heart and soul—by an ideology that permitted, as it did in the USSR, tyranny as its most powerful expression.”
That statement betrays your ignorance or bad faith, or both, amidst many other tendencious slanders. Fidel Castro was not even a “leftie” when he rebelled against the brutality of the US sponsored tyrant Batista. After the revolution he even tried to get loans from US banks (Batista took all hard currency to the US) to keep the government running but was snubbed and then the blockade was imposed to the strangle Cuba, hoping the people would topple the new government. In fact Kennedy opened the way for Castro’s conversion to socialism.
Another slanderous lie relates to the sentence of death against Ochoa. Corruption is a capital offence in Cuba, as is in China and was in the USSR and perhaps all socialist countries. Relying on information from the Angolan government about a diamond smuggling operation and subsequent investigation on drug running activities, four army officers, including Ochoa, were arraigned before a military jury of 40 members and then directed to stand trial before a Court Martial. The court proceedings lasted one month and were open and televised, and Ochoa was sentenced to death.
Of course the US media saw “another Stalinist show trial” and many people are incapable of rational thoughts or critical thinking to go beyond the garbage they are fed. If there was a close trial, it would be a secret execution; if open, then becomes a show trial. The US media also believes that there is no corruption and when a socialist country charges someone, it is politically motivated. Larchmonter is also such a believer, his source the impeccable Wikipedia or the numerous anti-Cuba pimps which just covers all US media.
If Jill Stein won’t be a Spare Tire of Clintons & Co, then Trump might have some similarities with Lenin:
But still is too far because:
On October 1917 Lenin went to Smolny and said “Tovarišči rabočie, soldaty, krest’jane ivse trudjaščiesja! Berite vsju vlast’ v ruki svoix sovetov!” and started a real Russian revolution.
Hard to say if Trump has what it takes or if America can be turned. Globalism is, of course, the real fascism of our era. Totalitarian bundling of economic interests, progressive ideology, market exploitation and politics by another name (war) . . .
Trump is indeed a prince/monarch at heart politically – classical conservative, not the American libertarian variety. How far does he want to go and is he a trigger puller if it becomes necessary? Stay tuned. Is he just a male chauvinist or does he really intend the patriarchy replace the matriarchy?
So far, there’s a lot to appreciate.
If a president governs by Executive Orders like Barky, he’s a fascist.
Gringos are the # One dupes in the world and they don’t know it because they’re blinded by their arrogance and are filled with shit by the Jewish media.
After they committed that aggression against Noriega in 1989 the true Americans wrote graffiti on a monument of a Mexican rider in Tijuana; “Gringos Asesinos”. Six month later, it was there as one year later too. Possible it’s still there because it reflects what Americans think about Gringos and they country Gringolandia.
Castro outlived a lot of his enemies. His also outlived one major political ideology.
Sorry, but this piece was very confusing to read and the entire connection of Fidel with Trump and Communism with the US political situation was completely unnecessary.
Otherwise Mr. Escobar is a very entertaining writer.
Pepe’s discussion: It is a glib analysis. The parallels are strained between Leninist Russia and present day USA to the point of being alternate universe divergent. It is, however, a “sparkly” essay but I find it devoid of substance.
A discussion on how to handle a counter revolutionary info-war might be more pertinent to present US reality.
As for Castro: there are two big lies.
1. His regime did not kill thousands of people–they left into exile by the droves and over the years there were several waves of them. Sorry guys, no Red terror there.
2. People starved. No, there were periods of strict rationing due to the effect of world politics and the 60 year strain of the US embargo.
The alt right has a few whipping boys ( Iran figures rather prominently and of course the Palestinians) and their attacks have a note of irrationality about them. Beware.
Trump appears ready to negate the Executive Orders and legislation that have removed the protection of the US Constitution from US citizens. That is not fascism, that is the opposite.
The Russian airforce continues to run humanitarian aid air drops into Deir ez Zor which is still beseiged. It also runs military aid drops. Someone at Hmeim airbase caught sight of something a little more meaty waiting to be loaded onto one of the transport aircraft heading that way. A pair of Zu-23 autocannon with amunition boxes on wheeled transporters. I am certain these wont be dropped into wahabbist hands ‘accidentally on purpose’ US-style. They will be gratefully received at Deir ez Zor and put to good use.
When I read this kind of piece from Mr Escobar, I am reminded about how constrictive the old left/right paradigm was; which was it’s purpose. Originally I was confused when commentators last decade were stating that the Neo Cons were all old International Trots; this made absolutely no sense to me. That seemed to me to be on the total opposite ends of the political spectrum. I was also confused to read Mussolini was a Socialist during the WWI, and he based Fascism on what he saw the Bolshis do in the USSR.
An old Left warrior explained it to me years ago, that the political spectrum is not a line, but a circle. The old ‘far-left’ and ‘far right’ almost bend around and touch. What is missing is true popular rule (Anarchy/Grassroots Democracy) has been erased from the circle, breaking it and turning it into a line. The old far-right and far-left sit either side of the invisible Popular Rule option, they can see each other across the missing ground, if they cared to look.
If Trump’s program seems confusing, it is because he has positioned himself on the invisible throne of Popular Rule, and what we see as the old far-left and far-right are sitting right next to him on either side. The true spectrum is popular rule as the Centre, and the politics get less ‘radical’ and more Elite-friendly the further away you travel. From this perspective on the other side of the circle, old centre-left and centre-right politics are the extremes; trojan horses manufacturing consent to facilitate Oligarchy.
Trump may be a phony, he might be as often happens using the popular crown to triangulate citizens into supporting Establishment policies. But by sitting on the Invisible Throne, he exposes its existence. If the people are awake enough, they may actually start to see the outline of the Throne, and in the end kick off the False Prophet and climb up to it ourselves.
“the politics get less ‘radical’ and more Elite-friendly”
“Trump may be a phony, he might be as often happens using the popular crown to triangulate citizens into supporting Establishment policies”
Well, that´s my conclusion about what you and the others pondering everywhere but mainly in the cafe, are trying to convince us who not belong to your organizations/parties, without success.
I was also confused to read Mussolini was a Socialist during the WWI, and he based Fascism on what he saw the Bolshis do in the USSR.
That´s a humbug, where did you read that? Obviously not a scientifically rigorous book.
“An old Left warrior explained it to me years ago, that the political spectrum is not a line, but a circle. The old ‘far-left’ and ‘far right’ almost bend around and touch”
That could be an old left warrior by your/his own words, but that not necessarily imply that being true nor anything he said, just an opinion so outlandish as others spreaded in this blog, mainly in the cafe section.
“Mussolini’s career as a Socialist agitator began at age eighteen as a writer for various left-wing magazines…. Although Fascists and Communists alike were anxious to deny it later, Karl Marx was the biggest single influence on Mussolini and he considered Marx “the greatest of all theorists of Socialism.” http://www.thehistoryforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=62&t=30139
“In 1912 Mussolini was the leading member of the National Directorate of the Italian Socialist Party (PSI). Prior to 1914, he was a keen supporter of the Socialist International, starting the series of meetings in Switzerland that organised the communist revolutions and insurrections that swept through Europe from 1917.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benito_Mussolini
After this debacle, maybe you want to revisit your other not-so “scientifically rigorous” positions.
Karl Marx = Industrialist/Zionist agent
Mussolini = Zionist agent
That all is Western propaganda to demonicize communism and the left, as is being proved here by the considerable effort a bunch of you are making from months ago on confussing Nazism with Bolshivism/Communism/Socialism. This is no other thing that the work needed by the declining Western Empire to, again, install a fascist world order .
To debunk all the past Western propaganda against the USSR, communism and socialism, I leave a note from the Soviet diplomacy published in February 1948, which gives testimony on the deep interlacing amongst the German heavy and chemical industry and banking pre-WWII and the corresponding in the US, GB and France, as well as the closed relation amongst Allen Dulles, the Rockefellers, the CDU, German biggest industrialists/bankers and the preparation of the Nazi machine of war, obtained from documents requisitioned after the take of Berlín by the Red Army:
“The counterfeiters of history (Soviet note published in February 1948)”
The document has been translated into Spanish fro that site, being quite long I can not translate it here, so translate with a translator, since it´s worth it.
There’s left right, up down, near far, in just three dimensions. Some string theorists speculate 11 Look at all the color diagrams, and descriptions like hue, saturation, and luminance — for an eye with only two types of cells and 4 variables (RGB and brightness). But for politics, just a line, or a circle, and not even considering time as a variable?
Thanks Blue, let me to ponder the fourth Political Dimension for a bit. All I can say so far is that in politics, it seems like time is circular. Damn revolutions, round and round, always back to where we began.
It is much worse. The controllers have psycho-engineered the left/right divide such that anyone who chooses – left or right doesn’t matter – defeats himself by creating instant cognitive dissonance.
No sane, whole, holistic, mature person is left or right. His/her spectrum of opinions, beliefs, principles, persuasions will invariable feature a set of standpoints that transcend the idiotic left-right predictive programming scheme.
You tell me, who are you? Your left or your right hand?
I guess I’ll have another Cuba Libre ,I don,t have the best stuff ,but Havana Club 7 anos is still pretty good .My last trip there last year was rather up and down . Down in the sense that the Beer served in the all inclusive resorts was to be frank -the shits .The rhum that was doled out at the hotel bars was also the shits .So I made a few adjustments .I would buy my rhum at the kit shop and considering the price I paid in Tips at the bar ,the quality for price made up for it .As far as drinking beer went ,it was most appreciated at the local Cuban bars along the beach in the evening .The beer was cold came in bottles and was damn good -at 1 pesos a pop it was cheaper than the garbage served at the Resort. Now I do realize that the tourist business is one of the largest cash cows of the Cuban Economy next to perhaps their most excellent health care programs and internationally recognized Doctors. So I went on one of their excursions (the Jeep Safari) and that is where I was mesmerized by the life in the country side ,it was like a chapter of Peter Kropotkin’s most excellent book ‘Mutual Aid’ ,that’s the best way to describe it and that trip stays in my mind to this day because hell the old Comandante knew a thing or two that we ALL can learn from .
You sound really bad going on and on about the uneducated white trash who elected Mr. Trump.
I won’t even mention my own ‘education’.
I work at a high level, and everyone where I work was very satisfied with the election results.
Do you think that everyone ‘educated’ just lives in the supposedly Clinton regions?
Grow up and get a clue.
You are probably not in the U.S. from my guess.
Comment about where you live please.
Ah, you may have misinterpreted and miscast what Pepe actually said. The exact quote on Americans’ education was:
“… a “revolution” – led by, and in the name of, white, non-college educated, blue collar US masses.”
Trump reminded America it wasn’t shameful to be white, blue collar and non-college educated. Trump embraced their social legitimacy and gave them and many white collar workers and minorities as well, hope for a better America.
Pepe does not seem to be attacking Trump or blue collar workers.
Pepe did not at any point introduce the term ‘white trash’.
Pepe Escobar was born in Brazil, been a foreign correspondent since 1985, and lived in London, Paris, Milan, Los Angeles, Washington, Bangkok and Hong Kong. He has written analysis about and from those locations, and has been particularly critical of his home country, Brazil.
Pepe Escobar has been published in many of the worlds leading MSM and alternative news sources.
Part of being educated, is doing the basic homework. No college degree subs for being able to learn and self-educate.
Love your word work Escobar BUT the carbon dollar is coming…it burns in your hand…it is a debt dollar…you are born with a free carry carbon quota…which morph’s into carbon debt which you get to pay down as you go…reach your limit and you get to pay it down voluntarily…can pay it off but won’t…forced labour…still won’t/can’t…reclamation ensues.
You think Don gets in.? Phah.!
The recounts are to prevent Electoral College votes being used in a majority for either. No 270+ and a Congress who can’t agree and we end up sometime in January 2017 having a President selected who did not take part in the elections.
…”that no man shall buy or sell save he who hath the signifier of all life”..carbon
After reading this speil does any one feel better informed about Castro, Lenin or trump?
I found it hard to follow. It might be helpful to see Bannon’s actual CV—what he has written, etc.
It certainly is true that many figures who are generally viewed as right-wing fascists or proto-fascists started out as left-wing revolutionaries. Wagner is one of these. And don’t forget the Socialism part of National Socialism.
It is my own personal observation that far left and far fight can end up in very similar places. At t his point I really do not know whether to define myself as right or left, although I have always been on the left. But as so many have pointed out, also on this thread, what is now called “the left” is either the ghoulish remains of the Dem Party or else a ridiculous epithet thrown at Obama for such rightish activities as Obamacare and drone warfare and invasions of Libya and Syria and regime change in Ukraine. So the term “left” has been robbed of any meaning by both those who claim the mantle and those who attack it. There is hardly anyone left (ha ha) to defend (and define) the idea of “the left.” Except for identity politics
Anyhow, the Pepe piece was entertaining, as usual, but some of its propositions need to be worked out in more detail. Time will tell . . . Bannon sounds like an interesting character, one who defines his own terms, and in that respect he and Trump may be a good match.
No, so the aim was not to inform….
But, do not tell me that tha idea of Bannon being a Leninist does not follow floating in your mind?
Then, when Bannon say or do anything outrageous yourm ind will go immediatelly to Lenin.
That´s how it works.
Everybody knows that Fascism, even when trasvesticized at first, before grabing power, as national-socialism, once in power lose the socialist epithet on the first seconds to display the terror needed to contend the population who could remain claiming socialist demands
Don’t be fooled re PA claptrapping on about Stein failing to get 3 voters from each precinct and the bollocks about half the precincts having already certified etc…none of that is valid….the issue to be tested is whether it is fair to ask for 3 from every precinct in the first place and then in equity ask how making a recounting of tallies of votes in PA rather than votes themselves can serve a public good. PA has always known since they employed their voting machines that there can be no recount of votes…only tallies from each voting machine..the 3 voters from each precinct are meant to stop that fact ever being adjudicated….similar issues apply elsewhere.