Soc 140 Dis Nov 27 - Post 1960s-Lenin says that we move...

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Soc 140 Dis Nov. 27, 2007 Cuba - you need to institutionalize revolutions to restructure the state and create a form of government o Why were there no efforts to institutionalize the revolution in Cuba until the 1970s? o (revolution happened in 1959) Prior to 1959 - State – (dilemma – how could 82 men overthrow the government?) - Was a weak state - Lack of bureaucracy (institutional vacuum) – legal system, monetary system, army (police too), o Most of these things were missing o Legal system corrupted o No parties (political structure wasn’t that developed) o Also dependent on foreign capital - Under-developed class system – bourgeoisie – presence of a strong bourgeoisie is crucial for advancement o The bourgeoisie is completely dependent on foreign capital (in this case the US – mostly from sugar cane plantations ) - The state is getting it’s funding from Foreign capital and it is corrupt Disintegration of the state (1969) - (there was no need to destroy the state because it had already disintegrated by itself)
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Unformatted text preview: Post 1960s-Lenin says that we move from capitalism to communism by first you have to destroy the capitalist state (but in this case it was already disintegrated) then building/institutionalizing som which automatically turns into communism. Remove the inequalities, etc. -Fidel didn’t establish a new state (why is that?) -When you want to establish a state, the following factors will help you: o Lack of Money/material resources o Leaders view (Fidel wanted unity – pg 74) o External pressures (logic was that we don’t want to institutionalize anything because we need to be flexible to deal with external pressures and internal discord, we’d be constrained by the institutional framework-Fidel let other groups come to power, and they all failed, Fidel’s group was the only one left without the bad reputation of not being able to pull the country together o Fidel had patience...
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This note was uploaded on 09/11/2008 for the course SOC 140 taught by Professor Enriquez during the Fall '07 term at University of California, Berkeley.

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