New Book Announcement: CUBA‘S REVOLUTION SOLD OUT?

 

 

 

(1) Introduction

 

(2) Back Cover Text of the Book

 

(3) Book Details and Special Offer

 

(4) Book’s Table of Contents

 

(5) About the Author

 

(6) Contact Details

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The RCIT is proud to announce the publication of a new book. It’s called CUBA‘S REVOLUTION SOLD OUT?. The book’s subtitle is: The Road from Revolution to the Restoration of Capitalism. The book is in English-language. It has 5 chapters plus an appendix, 108 pages and includes 19 Tables and Figures. The author of the book is Michael Pröbsting who is the International Secretary of the RCIT.

 

 

 

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The following paragraphs are the back cover text of the book which gives an overview of its content.

 

 

 

In Cuba‘s Revolution Sold Out? Michael Pröbsting analyses the character of the Cuban Revolution 1959-61, its bureaucratic degeneration, and the recent march of the Castro leadership towards capitalism.

 

The author demonstrates how the Cuban Revolution, despite the initial modest intentions of its leaders, was spurred forward to more radical policies by grass roots struggles of Cuban workers and peasants. In fact, the very abolishment of capitalism by the Cuban regime was no part of the original game plan of either Castro’s Movimiento 26 de Julio or of the official Cuban communist party (PSP), but rather was a product of precisely such pressures from below.

 

Cuba‘s Revolution Sold Out? describes in detail how a number of relatively recent political, economic, and social measures were purposely taken by the Cuban government to open the road back to capitalism. Pröbsting elaborates the key role of the world’s new great imperialist power, China, in Cuba’s state policy as exemplified in the June 2011 Sino-Cuban agreement for a first Five-Year Plan of cooperation between these two states.

 

Cuba‘s Revolution Sold Out? examines these developments from the viewpoint of Marxist theory, the nature of the ruling bureaucracy in Stalinist states, and the process of restoration of capitalism under such regimes.

 

In conclusion, the book proposes a socialist program for political and social revolution in Cuba to halt the advance of capitalism and to eradicate the country’s bureaucratic dictatorship.

 

 

 

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Title: Cuba‘s Revolution Sold Out?

 

Subtitle: The Road from Revolution to the Restoration of Capitalism

 

Author: Michael Pröbsting

 

Book Format: Paperback, A5, 108 pages

 

Price: 8 Euro / 12 US-Dollars / 7 British Pound (plus delivery charges)

 

A Publication of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency

 

 

 

If you order the book as an e-book, it costs 5 Euro / 7,5 US-Dollars / 4,5 British Pound

 

 

 

Readers from countries in the South can buy the book for 6 Euro respective 9 US-Dollars. They can buy the book as an e-book for 4 Euro respective 6 US-Dollars.

 

 

 

If you want to order the book please contact us (see below for full details).

 

 

 

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In order to provide a better insight we reprint below the book’s table of contents with the chapter headings and subheadings.

 

 

 

List of Tables and Figures

 

List of Abbreviations

 

 

 

Introduction

 

I.             The Cuban Revolution 1959-61

 

Misery and Imperialist Super-Exploitation before the Cuban Revolution in 1959

 

Revolutionary Upheavals and Treacherous Stalinists

 

The Petty-Bourgeois Castroite Movimiento 26 de Julio

 

Background of Cuba’s Liquidation of Capitalism

 

i) The Cuban Working Class as an Active Force in the Revolution

 

ii) Aggression of US imperialism

 

iii) Support and Alignment with the Stalinist Soviet Bureaucracy

 

Cuba’s Bureaucratic Social Revolution towards a Stalinist Degenerated Workers State

 

The Cuban Working Class and Its Political Expropriation by the Castroite Stalinists

 

 

 

II.           Stalinism, Permanent Revolution and Capitalist Restoration in the Light of Marxist Theory

 

i) Trotsky’s Theory of the Permanent Revolution

 

ii) The Nature of the Stalinist Bureaucracy in a Degenerated Workers State

 

iii) Trotsky’s Program of Political Revolution against the Stalinist Dictatorship

 

iv) The Program of Political Revolution against the Castroite/Stalinist Regime in Cuba

 

v) Stalinism and the Restoration of Capitalism

 

 

 

III.          Capitalist Restoration in Cuba: How it Took Place

 

Social Gains of the Revolution in Danger

 

Many Roads Lead to Capitalist Restoration

 

Crossing the Rubicon in Cuba: The 2010/11 Reforms

 

Implementing the Law of Value in State-Owned Enterprises: Restructuring and Mass Lay-Offs

 

Promoting Capitalism in the Agrarian Sector

 

Promoting a Private Capitalist Sector

 

Helping to Strengthen the Formation of a Domestic Capitalist Class of Private Property Owners

 

Cutting Back the Social Benefits to Create an Industrial Reserve Army of Labor

 

Women Particularly Affected by Capitalist Restoration

 

Opening the Economy for Imperialist Capital

 

Semi-Colonial Cuba to Get on Imperialist China’s Bandwagon

 

Keeping the Authoritarian Rule of the Stalinist PCC

 

Excurse: A Short Note on Cuba and the Maccabiah Games

 

 

 

IV.          The Program for Socialist Revolution in Cuba

 

Defend the Social Achievements!

 

Down with the Castroite dictatorship! Democracy for the working class and the popular masses!

 

Down with US Embargo! Defend Cuba against US imperialism and the Gusanos!

 

Expropriate and Expel the Chinese Imperialists!

 

A Program for Workers Power!

 

Internationalization of the Revolution!

 

For a Revolutionary Party! For the Fifth Workers International!

 

 

 

V.           Summary

 

 

 

Appendix: Major Events in Cuban History 1868-1962

 

Bibliography

 

About the Author

 

 

 

 

 

Final note by the Editor: The whole book consists of newly written material.

 

 

 

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About the Author

 

 

 

Michael Pröbsting was born in Vienna (Austria) in 1967. He became politically active when he was 14 years old and has been an organized Trotskyist militant since the age of 16. After five years of membership in the United Secretariat of the Fourth International of Ernest Mandel, he joined the League for a Revolutionary Communist International (later renamed to League for the Fifth International) in February 1989. He served on the leadership bodies of the Austrian section from 1989 and of the LRCI/LFI since 1994, until he and his comrades-in-arms were expelled by the majority of this organization in April 2011. Soon after this, they founded the Revolutionary Communist Organization for Liberation in Austria and the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency which has sections in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Occupied Palestine/Israel, the USA, and Austria. He serves as the International Secretary of the RCIT.

 

As part of his international political work, Michael Pröbsting has spent lengthy periods in Occupied Palestine (Israel) in 1985, Eastern Germany during the political revolutionary process of 1989-91, Britain in 1994, and during the revolutionary period in Argentina in 2002. In addition, he gained experience in workers’ and anti-imperialist movements during numerous visits to Sri Lanka, Lebanon, Turkey, Greece, Kosovo, Serbia, Ukraine, Russia, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Germany, Britain, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Sweden, and the USA.

 

Michael Pröbsting is the author of many articles and pamphlets in both German and English. He has also authored books on Migration (Marxismus, Migration und revolutionäre Integration, 2010) and the Arab Revolution (Die halbe Revolution. Lehren und Perspektiven des arabischen Aufstandes, 2011). In addition, he has contributed to a book on Rosa Luxemburg (Rosa Luxemburg – ”Ich bin ein Land der unbeschränkten Möglichkeiten”, 1999) as well as to the The Credit Crunch – A Marxist Analyses (2008), the latter of which has been published in English, German, and Turkish). In 2013, he published his latest book, The Great Robbery of the South, which analyses the super-exploitation and oppression of the semi-colonial world (often referred to as the “Third World”) by the imperialist powers and monopolies.

 

 

 

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