Che Guevara's Enduring Legacy: Not the Foco But the Theory of Socialist Construction

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Che Guevara's Enduring Legacy: Not the Foco But the Theory of Socialist Construction

Subject

The Theory of Socialist Construction

Description

Che Guevara’s most enduring legacy in Cuba has been his indelible contribution to socialist political economy and economic management. Between 1959 and 1965, Guevara set up the budgetary finance system to prove that it was possible and necessary to develop consciousness and productivity simultaneously in the transition to socialism. The sys-tem was openly articulated as an alternative to the economic management system operat-ing in the Soviet bloc. Thus, Guevara took up the challenge at the heart of the revolutionary process: achieving economic development with equity from a position of underdevelopment without relying on capitalist mechanisms that would undermine col-lective consciousness and new social relations. His approach to this problem remains relevant today in Cuba, where his ideas are associated with the vitality of Cuban social-ism. On the fiftieth anniversary of the Cuban Revolution, contemporary developments, reforms, and debates are still best analyzed in terms of their proximity to Guevara’s theory of socialist construction.

Creator

Helen Yaffe

Publisher

Timothy C Platt, MSM

Date

2009

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Che_Guevaras_Enduring_Legacy_Not_the_Foc.pdf

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Citation

Helen Yaffe, “Che Guevara's Enduring Legacy: Not the Foco But the Theory of Socialist Construction,” The Che Guevara Files, accessed September 22, 2017, http://comandantecheguevara.org/items/show/62.