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Michael Balter wrote:
> Let's have one last go at this. The clear lack of freedoms in a country 
> like Cuba, which too many leftists still see as a last beacon of 
> socialism, discredit socialism in the eyes of most of the 
> world--including those who would have every reason to embrace socialist 
> ideals otherwise. Those who make excuses for the lack of democracy, as 
> Louis does consistently on this list, give objective aid to the 
> discrediting of socialism, just as those who defended the Soviet Union 
> through thick and thin objectively helped doomed the socialist project 
> for generations. Full stop.

But you are not interested in socialism except in the sense that Michael 
Harrington was for it. You are a liberal, not a socialist. That 
confusion has existed since the early part of the 20th century. In the 
thousands of words you have unleashed on this poor mailing list, you 
have never once addressed the question of *economics*. It does not make 
sense to talk about socialism without addressing the mode of production. 
Cuba was forced to tighten controls over the political system because it 
tightened controls over the economy. When American corporations saw 
their assets being returned to the Cuban people, they promoted military 
aggression. If Latin American history in the 20th century has taught us 
anything, it is that radical economics invites American intervention. In 
order for American intervention to be successful, it needs an open door 
into the political process of the country it seeks to overthrow. It uses 
the NED and other such subversive institutions in order to corrupt the 
political process. Marc Cooper and the bourgeois media promote the right 
of the NED to throw millions of dollars around in Cuba in order to 
create "dissident" movements. I can understand why you would support 
this right since both of you look at the world through the eyes of the 
millionaires who employ you. How sad that 1960s radicals could end up in 
such a groveling, sycophantic state. Just look at Cooper's tirade at 
Jeremiah Wright today to see how far to the right people like you have 
traveled.