Esteban Morales Booted from Cuba’s Communist Party

Pedro Campos*

Esteban Morales. photo: Patricia Grogg, IPS

HAVANA TIMES, June 28 – Esteban Morales, PhD., has been “separated from the ranks” of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) for his publication of an article denouncing what he considers the counter-revolutionary corruption and bureaucracy that exists in the country.  The Playa Municipal Committee of the PCC communicated its decision to the grassroots level of the Party.

The phenomenon of corruption within the State (almost everything belongs to the State here) has been recognized by the highest leadership of the Party, everyone in Cuba knows about it, and articles have even been published on it in the official government-party media.

At this moment Morales is preparing his appeal.

His Party membership card was stripped from him by his punishers, though communist commitment remains in Morales.

In No. 55 of the Bulletin SPD (Participatory and Democratic Socialism) of this past June 17, I published an article titled: Dialogue Without Sectarianism: A Necessity for Revolutionary Cohesion, in which I pointed out that after the publication of his article, Esteban Morales had disappeared from the nightly Mesa Redonda news/commentary program.  He was customarily invited on there every time an issue concerning the United States was approached.  It appears I was not being subjective in relating those two facts.

I have known Esteban personally since 1991 when I worked under him as a researcher at the Center on United States Studies at the University of Havana, where he was the director.  From his extraordinary seriousness and academic depth, his high human qualities and from the revolutionary caliber of this scientist —who comes from a humble background— any honest person could testify on his behalf in any one of his qualities.

I won’t try to write the biography of someone who, for me, is the most accomplished researcher and expert on the US among our academics.  I simply want to record the fact that I have serious doubts about those who made that decision to remove him, as well uncertainties regarding their moral stature and their intellectual capacity.  Certainly, there action confirms the validity of the assessments made in Morales’s article.

If this bureaucratic sanction is not corrected quickly, very confused messages will be sent to party activists, to the Cuban people and to the international left.

We must all ask some disturbing questions:

Is the Party honored or dishonored by this decision?

Where does there remain the capacity for individual criticism by Party activists?

Is it only possible to be critical when, where and how it is decided upon by those above?

What relationship can this action have with “Fomenting frank discussion and not see a problem in there being discrepancies, but the source of the best solutions…” as was expressed by President Raul Castro this past April 4th when summarizing the Fourth Congress of the Young Communist League (UJC)?

Esteban Morales, right, on the Roundtable TV program. Photo:

Are they trying to show that Raul is proceeding in one direction and the leadership of the PCC —by not allowing criticism from within the ranks— is moving in another?

Should party activists and the general population reach the conclusion that the calls by the historical leadership for internal criticism and debate are false?

Can one be honest and a Party activist at the same time?

Is this part of some sinister plan concocted by factions of the political bureaucracy to destroy the Party so that people desert its ranks en masse?  Will this reaffirm the decision made by many youth to not join the party, or will they seek to take advantage of the double standard in the ranks of the Party and silence criticism?

Are the most retrograde elements in the leadership of the Party testing their strength to attempt even more reactionary and anti-democratic actions?

Are we confronted with yet another coup by the political bureaucracy of the Party (which is a group with its own activists and its own ideology) against the Revolution, against the future of socialism in Cuba, against dialogue between revolutionaries; against Fidel and Raul, who were the ones who asked the Party activists and the people to act critically against corruption and the bureaucratic strata, which have now placed the Cuban revolutionary process in danger of being reversed?

How does this Stalinist style repression fit in with the internal operations of the Party, with the negotiations that are taking place with the opposition via the Catholic Church?

Where is the party democracy that Raul spoke of?

Is the leadership of the Party distancing itself from its own left at the same time that it is entering into dialogue around “reconciliation” with émigrés, the opposition and possibly the US itself?

Might those in the international left be right when they estimate that the revolution has already begun moving backwards toward capitalist restoration, carried out by the hand of the State’s own bureaucracy?

How long will they keep committing these acts of nonsense?

Are they working to see a new party created by us, the communists who don’t fit into the Communist Party of Cuba?

The list of questions could be expanded. Several more come to mind, but I prefer not to write them down.

Let’s hope that someone up there up soon revokes this divisive, sectarian and irresponsible decision.  It’s the sole answer that responds to these questions.

*  Pedro Campos articles can be read in Spanish in the SPD bulletin.  

18 thoughts on “Esteban Morales Booted from Cuba’s Communist Party

  • May 18, 2012 at 10:06 am

    You’re absolutely right! From Cuba, actually everyone is allowed to say bullshit or profound and wise ideas against peoples, actions, laws, decisions ….so and so on, whatever you want to, except the magic and sacred endless trilogy: Fidel Castro, Raúl Castro and Cuban Revolution .

    This gibberish speech of deep appearance but of pitiful essence, it is a great disparate without foundation and without veracity. He touches the points traditionally taboo of the Cuban reality, and that is fine; but conceals mixing a mountain of reasons and new realities that are opposed equally at the same time, and explain the Cuban disaster that this author try to defend. Defending what….? This personage belongs to the same amoral faction like Esteban Padura. Padura points Stalin like a monster and recognize Cuban Revolution follows the Stalinism methods, but no matter what, Fidel Castro is a very good man who loves mankind.

  • July 2, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    Juegen con la cadena, pero con el mono no.

  • July 1, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    I strongly disagree, Grady – who the heck could say what would’ve happened if Trotsky an his allies won the political battle in the USSR back in the 1920’s? This is nothing but futurology.

    You over-simplify Marxism, be careful – if you say it’s a quasi-religion, then I might just say Mondragon is your personal quasi-Jerusalem… and then we’d be even 😉

  • July 1, 2010 at 5:04 am

    I wonder if all the readers here do realized the fact that many in Cuba think different than the unanimous party line the regime tries desperately to portrait as a solid block!
    The reality is that Cuba is no different than any other country.
    Why then repress everyone in order to keep this dysfunctional system going?
    The utopian society became soon a dystopia , why continue?
    It is time to wakeup from the nightmare.
    With regards to Marx and Engels both saw a type of capitalism that does not exist anymore therefore what they talked about is not longer valid. Why take their word as gospel? They were as fallible as any human.

    You are correct Grady. I think they will keep beating the same dead horse. In my opinion I think they were smart to realized that what they try to do was an impossible task. I just think from what have seen Fidel Castro express that they were more interested in keeping themselves in power than anything else.
    That explains why they turned to capitalists measures when they lost the soviets help!
    If socialism and the plan economy are so good economically then how come they had to do those things?

    I am sorry for all the people who really tried to make it work to find out now when they are old or midle age that they were pursuing an impossible dream!

    Cuban socialism equates to slavery!

  • July 1, 2010 at 1:21 am

    Julio de la Yncera is correct. Trotsky, if he had won the bureaucratic battle with Stalin, would have been a bureaucratic thug similar to what Stalin became. Those who idealize Trotsky are simply adding one more Jesus Christ cult-figure to the Marxian quasi-religion.

    Socialism-destroying bureaucracy is not a deviation from Marxism. It is the inevitable result of state ownership of everything in sight, and this stupid formula comes directly from the capitalist Engels and his bourgeois friend Marx.

    The sad fact is that Fidel apparently is going to keep beating the dead horse of Marxian economics until either he is gone or the Cuban Revolution has passed away.

  • June 30, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    Should I point out that Trotsky or any other would have probably done the same thing too if given the chance?

    Absolute power corrupts absolutely!

    It is intrinsic property of the system to be corrupt.
    Replacing by others just like the example in Elaine’s post others will get corrupted and will jump to the opportunity to make some money.

    It is very obvious everyone is just waiting for the grand finale when the old leader passed away!

    Then we will see Cuba hopefully turn back to Democracy and freedom and out of this nightmare.

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