Thursday, February 27, 2014

Raul Castro Loud and Clear on Cuba’s Future

Raul Castro Loud and Clear on Cuba's Future
February 26, 2014
Pedro Campos

HAVANA TIMES — Cuban President Raul Castro has just summarized the
outcome of the 20th Congress of the Cuban Workers Association (CTC). His
statements were very clear:

"We must never forget that the economic system that will prevail in
socialist, independent and sovereign Cuba will continue to base itself
in the people's ownership over the fundamental means of production and
that State companies will continue to be the main form of organization
of the domestic economy – and that the building of our socialist system
will depend on their performance."

Thus, Cuba's "prosperous and sustainable" socialism will continue to
depend on State companies, those that exploit the salaried labor of
Cubans with miserable wages and have demonstrated their utter
inefficiency in the course of over fifty years. Free labor associations,
cooperatives or free individual work – these, the forms of production
that Marxists believe should predominate under socialism, will not be
the basis of the system.

Raul Castro should be congratulated for being so clear and sincere. If
anyone had any doubts about the possibility of important changes under
his leadership, everything is now clear as day. Many of us were already
aware of the situation some time before, but some continued to wait for
true reforms.

I imagine fewer and fewer people continue to believe that Cuba's State
monopoly capitalism can mutate into a form of socialism.

After these pronouncements, does anyone still have any doubts that
democratization is a condition of socialism?

To say anything else would be to harp on the same old issues.
Pedro Campos:

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