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Castro and Successful Revolutions

Power to the People in the best and most sustainable way!
Fidel Castro, my favorite revolutionary leader (for so many reasons, but especially for what the 1959 Revolution did to improve the lives of black Cubans)--minus his autocratic suppression of political freedom, worst of all via the incarceration of political opponents--has passed away. It would have been easy enough to deal with--especially considering his advanced age of 90--if only it hadn't occurred in the midst of such a trying time for all so-called progressives, worst of all due to the election of one of the most monstrous excuses for a human being ever to live and the beginning of satanic Trump's--most likely--reign of terror spurred on by his Angry Republican White Supremacist base--who fortunately aren't even the majority of the voting populace, i.e. Trump lost the popular vote--but hey as Switchfoot says: "Welcome to the fallout / welcome to Existence." 

So what comes next? Hopefully simultaneous, successful worldwide revolutions focusing on Swadeshi and kaizen, thus producing the most successful, most fecund, and most pleasurable solutions--including Biotecture standard Estidama PF improvements in my native Caribbean. Yes, humbly let's turn our failures into holistically viable, thus environmentally sustainable improvements.

defining Successful down 27.Nov.2016 07:49

.i.

Grabbing and keeping power is your definition of Successful, then yes, Orwellian dictatorships are your thing.

Widespread poverty combined with the hopelessness of living under Castro's boot is not Success.

Central and South America has abandoned this form of government except for Venezuela which is sitting on a sea of oil, yet its citizens chase down grocery trucks in food riots and stand in line for toilet paper.

Response to "defining Successful down" 27.Nov.2016 12:42

Ainsworth France

Apparently appreciating research, nuance, and the true state of affairs doesn't appeal to you. Did you read anything more than the title of my work? A classic case of Donald Trump caliber twitter-sphere attention deficit disorder semi illiteracy. If you or anyone of your ilk would like to get beyond the soundbites, let's start with the first sentence of my tribute to the best of the 1959 Revolution:

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

my favorite revolutionary leader (for so many reasons, but especially for what the 1959 Revolution did to improve particularlives of black Cubans)--minus his autocratic suppression of political freedom, worst of all via the incarceration of political opponents... (Louis A. Perez, Jr., Cuba: Between Reform and Revolution, Oxford)

The parathetical citation refers to Perez's brilliant work which among other things: gives arguably the most thoroughly well-researched and descriptive analysis of Caribbean prehistory of any book I know, along with an equally insightful and veracious synopsis of Cuban history, including up to the present day, with phenomenal international context.

Perez makes it clear that: prior to the successful 1959 Revolution, most Cubans in the proletariat--including most black Cubans--faced rampant and constant oppression. Black Cubans couldn't even enter most hotels in Havana. And the rural poor, though better off in some ways, were victimised regularly by the corrupt Batista regime--the side that racist, capitalists, including most Cuban emigres defend along with their racist, sexist, white supremacist Trump klan members--including by the violent attacks of soldiers. These facts have a particularly significant resonance for me because I am a black Jamaican by birth; Cuba is our immediate neighbour to the west. To know that such a systematically racist regime was oppressing so many of our Caribbean brothers and sisters, within swimming distance of our shores, while we were on the verge of independence from Britain, strikes a significant chord to the point of illiciting rage.

Speaking of Orwell, whose work I know intimately well, having read and reread Animal Farm, 1984, and virtually everything else he ever wrote (including rarified tracts that mention Tolstoy and other genius, revolutionary writers--See The Orwell Reader), I take offense that you have attempted to cheapen his brilliant dystopian vision. As I mentioned in my first sentence in the original post, I know that Fidel Castro was repressive at times--another fairly well-balanced and recent take on his legacy comes from ANTHONY DePALMA
NOVEMBER 26, 2016 in the New York Times. However, Castro, as any remotely well-informed commentator will tell you, was no Stalin. The vast majority of Cubans benefited from his policies, especially in terms of racial equality, education, and health care. Yes, spurred on by the vengeful US embargo and CIA terror--which also destabilized and ravaged Jamaica because we dared to normalize relations with Cuba during the Manley administration, see the brave testimony of ex CIA agent Agee--Castro and his revolutionary allies found themselves constantly threatened. Did they always respond in the most humanitarian ways? No. However, of far greater importance is that they sought to improve the well being of as many Cubans as possible, even when that meant opening up the ports for disgruntled ones to leave en masse. As many of those would learn, America and capitalism is no Paradise. As a dual citizen of Jamaica and America, whose significantly brainwashed parents brought me to the US at a young age, I can testify that, including as a black man, America is far worse than my native Tropical Paradise, and the only reason why I haven't moved back permanently is because the capitalist satanic hordes and their system have trapped me regularly and alienated me from my own people. But one day at a time, including practicing hermitic moneyfree living as much as I can and seeking to establish Quaker Biotecture standard communes, gets me closer to the humble Daoist state of harmony that I hope to achieve as soon as possible and as much as possible.

Ainsworth France 29.Nov.2016 05:05

.i.

Kim Jun Il, Adolph and Benito all kept the trains running on time too. (just don't ask how).

These Revolutionary Friends Speak My Mind 01.Dec.2016 15:10

Maroons

 http://qz.com/315968/why-black-americans-love-fidel-castro/ Hey OD and enlightened friends, you and i know what's really at work here, but let's elevate our rhetoric; let's give the great Fidel Castro the appreciation that he is due. Also I want to thank the phallic challenged alt right lunatics who have made comments. You have made it far easier for intelligent black, latino, and Asian people to boycott your precious post-Columbus desperate, exploitative, capitalist money system--and when I do spend money it will be to uplift our besieged communities, including in the blessed lands of my native Caribbean Paradise.

Here are some more facts and experiences to consider:

"Castro did not just provide a haven for fugitive revolutionaries, who made the argument, accepted by perhaps a majority of Cubans under Fidel Castro, that blacks were an oppressed people fighting for fair treatment and an end to police abuses in their communities.
No, he was a kind of Martin Luther King with power. For example, before the Cuban revolutionaries led by Castro took over Cuba in 1959, there was fairly rigid racial segregation through the country, including, for example, Santa Clara in the interior of Cuba.
When I was in Santa Clara in early 2001, a woman there told me how black and white Cubans in the 1950s and earlier had walked along different paths around the beautiful downtown Vidal Park. (All it took in Cuba to be white was to have straight hair, be fair complexioned and not want to be called "negro.")
This racial division largely ended under the government of Fidel Castro. Moreover, Castro made an effort to reach out to blacks in the US.
When he came to New York in 1960 for a United Nations meeting, Castro got upset at the management of the hotel where he was staying, the Shelburne, and he packed his bags and took his entourage up to the Theresa Hotel in Harlem, where he famously leaned out of the window and waved to the black residents of the community. Thousands of Harlemites called out his name in a bonding-with-power they were totally unaccustomed to.
And it didn't stop there.
In the 1980s, before the end of the Cold War, Fidel sent some 25,000 troops to fight in Angola, on the side of those opposing the then-apartheid government of South Africa. This aspect of Castro's time in power was little reported in the US media. Fidel militantly opposed racist South Africa at a time when the US was diplomatically supporting it" (why black people love castro).