Cuba: Consensus in Retreat

  • Haroldo Alfonso Dilla
Part of the Studies of the Americas book series (STAM)


Even at its most decadent, the Cuban Revolution continues to captivate global attention. The revolution turned the page on the radical anticapitalist projects that once won the minds and hearts of millions of people and in the name of Marxism and socialism, achieved the social justice, national independence, and economic development that peripheral capitalism failed to produce. But the revolution failed to construct a viable alternative to the capitalist order and has become an isolated dissident within the global capitalist system. Moreover, it has failed politically: Marxism plays the role of ideological legitimization, but endogenous authoritarian forms have prevailed. So the kind of transition that can be discussed in the case of Cuba is not fundamentally one toward democracy but rather toward some form of peripheral capitalism. This process is already underway and is perfectly compatible with many of the authoritarian habits of the Cuban political regime. The global capitalist system requires that Cuba establish clear rules for market competition and an adequate context for the “probability calculus” that Weber deemed vital for functioning mercantilism to flourish. The United States is a key player in all this, and its geopolitical ambitions demand that any new system in Cuba should entail an organic alignment with Washington, and the kind of government that can prevent undesirable situations such as uncontrolled surges in immigration flows, or operative freedom for drug traffickers.


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