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Race, Ideology, and the Decline of Caribbean Marxism$
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Anthony P. Maingot

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813061061

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813061061.001.0001

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Cuba, the Last Holdout

Cuba, the Last Holdout

“Organic” Intellectuals Defend the Revolution by Abandoning Marxist-Leninism

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Race, Ideology, and the Decline of Caribbean Marxism

Anthony P. Maingot

University Press of Florida

Cuba always had a small but influential Marxist-Leninist movement. It was, however, highly dependent on the U.S. Communist Party for ideas and funds. This propensity to dependence continued as U.S. invasions and embargoes pushed the Castro regime into a tight alliance with the USSR and later with Venezuela. Because the economy has not prospered, large numbers of influential organic intellectuals are now advocating serious changes in the economic model. This, plus changes in U.S. attitudes toward associations with Cuba, appear to be harbingers of improved relations, which should make future changes in the ideological and economic orientation of Cuba possible.

Keywords:   Marxism-Leninism, USSR, Venezuela, Castro regime, dependence, organic intellectuals, Cuba-U.S. relations, improved relations

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