On the Emerging Normalization of Relations between the United States and Cuba
BY THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE | DECEMBER 21, 2014
The December 17 joint announcement by Barack Obama and Raúl Castro Ruiz, presidents of the United States and Cuba, respectively, on the immediate steps being taken to normalize relations between the two countries has stunned the world.
After more than 50 years of Cold War conflict, which included a failed invasion, a nuclear superpower standoff, and decades of covert warfare, espionage and economic blockade, both the U.S. and Cuba are now talking about the establishing of embassies, loosened restrictions on travel and money transfers, and increasing access to the Internet for the majority of Cuban citizens.
Clarifying Our Party’s Position and Fixing a Mistake Made by the Central Committee Bureau
Nearly every event in the class struggle represents a test for communists and their organizations. How we respond to unfolding events, even if they are a great distance away, speaks directly to the importance of our program and offers an opportunity to explain how we translate our principles into methods of practical action (if not allowing us to do so directly). Such events also expose areas of weakness or inconsistency between program and action, and allow communists the chance to review, analyze and ultimately correct the errors and divergences that may arise.
1. The rise of corporatism — the liquidation of the bourgeois-democratic content of state institutions; the replacement of law-making by deliberative legislation with law-making by judicial fiat; the merger of the public powers (the capitalist state) with private powers (corporate private security, mercenaries, etc.); the rise of the corporate welfare state as the underwriter and guarantor of credit, speculation and capital accumulation; the fundamental shift in the focus of the political government, from the arbiter of rights to the arbiter of “law and order,” and its seeming rise above the bourgeoisie and proletariat, on the backs of the petty-bourgeois bureaucracy, judiciary, military and police — has opened the door to a period of profound political and social crisis in the United States not seen since the secession crisis of the late 1850s and early 1860s.