By Susan Eva Eckstein
This ebook has lengthy been considered as the definitive historical past of Castro's communist regime, starting in 1959 throughout the Nineteen Nineties. This up to date, moment version includes a new epilogue through the writer that covers the decade, together with such newsworthy occasions because the Elian Gonzalez controversy, the turning out to be immigrant neighborhood of Cuban-Americans in Florida, the position of Cuban-Americans within the 2000 presidential election, the withering U.S. revenues embargo and the inevitable transition of strength now that Castro is in his mid-70s.
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52 Since an organization of disciples is essential for charismatic rule not to be strictly personal and transitory, the marriage between Castro and Communism was well suited to the problem of routinizing charisma. Yet this aspect of routinization tends to generate its own set of problems, for as Weber recognized, only a small group is likely to be sufficiently idealistic after the initial stages to devote their lives purely to their call. Disciples and followers come to make their living, materially, out of their calling.
Afro-Cuban culture has remained important because of and not merely despite the Marxist-Leninist state, and its articulation reflected Castro’s appeal, in part, to tradition as a basis of legitimation. Castro’s stance toward religion similarly combined tolerance with selective repression and control. Recognizing Marx’s famous dictum that “religion is the opiate of the people” and the early anti-Communist stance of the island’s Catholic hierarchy, Castro restricted but never outlawed religious activity.
Oscillation between market and plan each set off political and economic pressures for the alternative coordinating mechanism, to correct emergent imbalances. However, even when reforms raised production and productivity and improved consumer satisfaction, they typically did not resolve state fiscal exigencies. 9 Market reforms reduce the share of the surplus directly appropriated by the state, in allowing enterprises to retain some of the profits they generate and in allowing small-scale private (or cooperative) activity that is difficult to monitor (and tax).
Back From the Future: Cuba Under Castro by Susan Eva Eckstein