Reinaldo Escobar, Translator: Unstated
Underlying the idea "to change everything that has to be changed," is a
contradiction between the subject and the object of change. When Cuban
communists turn this maxim into their new motto, that are thinking
"everything that needs to change" in order for socialism to survive, and
what they don't realize is that for the survival of the nation what has
to change is socialism.
When I say "socialism" I'm talking about the political, social and
economic model with a limited dose of flexibility whose golden rule has
four inviolable parts:
The purpose of producing to satisfy the ever-growing needs of the
That each contributes according to his capacity and receive
according to what he contributes.
That the fundamental means of production are socially owned.
Implementing the dictatorship of the proletariat to eradicate the
bourgeois class and to prevent new generations born under the system
from resuscitating the appetite for property, the insatiable desire to
prosper more than others.
To reject any one of these rules constitutes, according to Lenin, an
unpardonable revisionism with disastrous consequences. What the Cuban
Communists have not detailed in their Sixth Congress, and probably won't
detail in their upcoming Conference, is whether among what they propose
to change is the ideological basis of Marxist-Leninism. If so, they are
deciding once and for all to change the name of their organization and
baptize it the Cuban Fidelist Party, or whatever occurs to them. This is
where you go to find a guaranteed failure if what you are trying to
change is human nature, far from the fanciful laws of history imagined
in the nineteenth century.
24 April 2011