Without transparency in politics and in the institutions that govern our daily lives, we can’t build socialism.
Samuel Farber was born and raised in Cuba and has written numerous books and articles on that country. His latest book is The Politics of Che Guevara. Theory and Practice published by Haymarket Books.
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Far too often, US intellectuals either defended Cuban Communism uncritically or fed into Washington propaganda.
Che Guevara was an honest and committed revolutionary. But he never embraced socialism in its most democratic essence.
President Obama visits Cuba tomorrow, where he will draw the ire of a Cuban right that has long curried favor with Washington.
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