[Marxism] Fierce critic of Castro & Evo Morales defends Mark Phony
walterlx at earthlink.net
Fri Oct 13 09:29:09 MDT 2006
One of Fidel Castro and Evo Morales's fiercest critics comes out four-
square in defense of Congressman Mark Phony, himself a very strong
critic of Fidel Castro. Here are excerpts from two of his commentaries.
If it weren't so pitiful, one could laugh at this, but the author evidently
takes himself and these issues with considerable seriosity.)
The Mark Foley scandal: Where is the crime?
Down with this reactionary crusade!
by Fred Bergen
Since when has the capitalist state, its police, its courts, its laws,
stood for the rights of the exploited and oppressed? Reformist
objections of this sort only prove that socialist revolution, and the
consequent abolition of social inequality, is necessary to liberate
sexuality from the chains of capitalist "morality", while at the same
time they demonstrate the reformists' fundamental loyalty to the
repressive capitalist state.
We will not conform to this bourgeois anti-gay morality crusade. Our
demands are: Stop this witch-hunt! Down with the reactionary,
hypocritical "family values" crusade! Cops and courts, out of the
bedroom! For women's and gay liberation through socialist revolution!
What the transfer of power in Cuba means
By Diego Dalai, From La Verdad Obrera (Buenos Aires),
August 3, 2006
The Castro-ite bureaucracy, for its part, is trying to show that nothing
serious is taking place, that the delegation of power is "provisional," and
that it is set in the framework of the legal line of succession. Its policy is
one of an "orderly succession," that permits the bureaucracy to stay in power
and, by keeping the masses under strict control, to officiate as a
dialogue-partner with the imperialist interests. It would be a "Castroism
without Castro" with which they will try to keep their enormous privileges that
they get from their connections to foreign investment, from hierarchical posts
in the state enterprises connected to exports and tourism or from the profits
that the black market yields.
However, the "succession" would give a much weaker regime without the
irreplaceable figure of Fidel, which would probably weaken the bureaucracy's
relation with the masses and unleash the internal struggle for spaces of power
for its different wings. In addition, as we have seen, the "succession" does
not have the backing of the United States, at least for now.
As we said some years ago, "the revolution is still alive. Neither the
imperialist blockade nor the disastrous bureaucratic leadership has yet been
able to exhaust its strength . . . In case of military aggression we would be
unconditionally on the side of Cuba for the defeat of imperialism. But in no
case would it mean giving political support to the Castro-ite leadership, which
is leading the conquests of the revolution to ruin, demoralizing the masses and
opening the road to the restoration of capitalism. It is not possible to
separate the struggle against imperialism from the tasks of the political
revolution by leaving this for a 'second stage.' The defense of the revolution
puts front and center and has as its condition, the intransigent struggle
against domination by the bureaucracy and for a regime of workers' democracy .
. . based on organs of workers' power, democratically organized from below to
above, made up of directly elected representatives, with a mandate from the
base, representatives that can be recalled at any moment and who do not earn
more than a skilled worker gets."
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