The Cuban Revolution as Socialist Human Development by Henry Veltmeyer

By Henry Veltmeyer

The e-book argues that the Cuban Revolution warrants a more in-depth glance as a version of socialist human improvement. A re-reading of the Cuban Revolution from this perspective engages unresolved concerns within the concept of socialist humanism and the concept of human improvement popularized by way of the United international locations improvement Programme (i.e., predicated on capitalism). UNDP economists and different businesses of overseas cooperation for improvement provide a human face to a capitalist improvement strategy that's something yet humane. Socialism in Cuba has taken a really assorted shape (socialist human improvement) than it did in other places within the 20th century. The Cuban Revolution's particular features enabled it to outlive hostile stipulations - a 'near-perfect hurricane' - that also threaten its evolution.

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The Cuban Revolution as Socialist Human Development

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Some would argue that the UNDP’s approach to development and its annual report provides not so much an alternative as a supplement to the World Bank’s approach and Report. This is because both institutions and reports agree that development is multidimensional, requires an integrated approach and is predicated on capitalism as the underlying system, which is needed to bring about development understood as improvement in the human condition and institutional reform. e. it is concerned with the possibilities of bringing about human development within the existing system, identifying specific areas of intervention, rather than with systemic constraints or structural change.

9 7 For a formulation of this theory in its diverse permutations, and a succinct outline and summary of its basic propositions see Hunt (1989). 8 A very clear and succinct examination of the thinking behind this strategy is perovided by the World Bank in Meeting the Challenges of Global Development: A LongTerm Strategic Exercise for the World Bank Group (2007: 39–42). 9 For a contextualised ‘structural’ analysis of these developments and their dynamics—from a ‘development and globalization as imperialism’ perspective—see, in particular Chapter 2 of Veltmeyer and Petras (2010); also Petras and Veltmeyer (2009).

For this reason, Babeuf—and his follower, Adolphe Blanqui—could only conceive of a revolution made by a minority, a revolutionary vanguard motivated by (in the words of Che Guevara some hundred and twenty years later) the ‘love of humanity’ and committed to bringing about a new world of a communist society. e. in conditions of freedom and equality), a s­ ociety constructed not by an enlightened elite but by mass action—a social revolution constructed not in ‘un golpe’ through an assault on the state, but in due course via the agency of ‘public action’, a combination of actions taken by the government and an actively mobilized people.

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