Critiques of Cuba
However much respect the Cuban government and people have earned by their refusal to back down to US imperialism’s pressure this does not mean they have all the answers for the oppressed and exploited of the planet.
Many of the policies pursued by the Castro government, from the very early days, were determined more by pragmatism (and not a certain level of opportunism) when reacting to the problems they faced. The relationship with the Soviet Union, the attitude towards the ‘Great Polemic’ in the International Communist Movement, the ‘theory’ of ‘focism’ and the country’s participation in the Non-Aligned Movement are all matters that display a lack of cohesive ideology in the country’s leadership.
The small number of articles below were produced by comrades in the United States. We may not agree with all the ideas contained in these documents but they are reproduced here as part of the necessary debate all Marxist-Leninist-Maoists must have.
Criticism of Castro and Cuba by Foreign Revolutionaries
Cuba – The Evaporation of a Myth – From Anti-Imperialist Revolution to Pawn of Social-Imperialism, by the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA. Originally an article published on February 15, 1976, in the RCP newspaper Revolution, then reissued as a pamphlet in 1976. This version is the second printing, slightly revised, June, 1977, 40 pages.
What is Socialism? by Scott Harrison – A letter on December 20, 2013 to Bob Weil about how one determines whether a country is a socialist one or not, and specifically focusing on Stalin’s USSR and Castro’s Cuba. 6 pages.
Criticism of Che Guevara and Focoism
Guevara, Debray and Armed Revisionism, by Lenny Wolff. This important 36-page article originally appeared in the RCP’s magazine Revolution, No. 53, Winter/Spring 1985.