A rebel against Soviet Political Economy

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Title

A rebel against Soviet Political Economy

Subject

Ernesto 'Che' Guevara

Description

In January 1962 Guevara told colleagues in Cuba's Ministry of Industries (MININD): 'In no way am I saying that financial autonomy of the enterprise with moral incentives, as it is established in the socialist countries, is a formula which will impede progress to socialism'. He was referring to the economic management system applied in the Soviet bloc, known in Cuba as the Auto-Financing System (AFS). By 1966, in his critique of the Soviet Manual of Political Economy, he concluded that the USSR: 'is returning to capitalism.' This paper will demonstrate that Guevara's analysis developed in the period between these two statements as a result of three lines of enquiry: the study of Marx's analysis of the capitalist system, engagement in socialist political economy debates and recourse to the technological advances of capitalist corporations. At the same time Guevara was engaged in the practical experience of developing the Budgetary Finance System (BFS); an alternative apparatus for economic management in MININD

Creator

Helen Yaffe

Publisher

Timothy C Platt, MSM

Date

2006

Files

Ernesto_Che_Guevara_a_rebel_against_Sovi.pdf

Collection

Citation

Helen Yaffe, “A rebel against Soviet Political Economy,” The Che Guevara Files, accessed December 17, 2017, http://comandantecheguevara.org/items/show/53.