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Che Guevara, Economics and Politics in the Transition to Socialism

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Quoting extensively from Guevara's writings and speeches on building socialism, this book presents the interrelationship of the market, economic planning, material incentives, and voluntary work; and why profit and other capitalist categories cannot be yardsticks for measuring progress in the transition to socialism.
Paperback, 293 pages
Published May 1st 1998 by Pathfinder Press (NY) (first published July 1989)
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Max
Dec 08, 2010 Max rated it liked it
Interesting insight into Cuban experiments in economic planning, centering around Che Guevara's proposed Budgetary Finance system. Tablada discusses Marx's analysis of the law of value and international trade at length, providing a very good, if a bit dense, explanation. However, he glosses over the details of the failure of this system through policy changes made after Guevara left his position as Minister of Industry. He notes a series of directives made by departments of the Ministry of ...more
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Sep 04, 2015 Jim rated it it was amazing
Powerful book.

Explains the difference between economic methods and systems designed to move working people forward, "to create a new man," as Che put it, and the systems implemented by Joseph Stalin after the counter-revolution in Russia, designed to protect the special interest of bureaucratic layers, and explained as necessary because working people are supposed not "smart enough" to run factories, banks, mills, mines and governments in their interest, as they did and do under the leadership o
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many of the political philosophy books i have read fail to point out that economics alone will not change our society. a change in our consciousness is also needed. che strongly addresses that in this book.
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