The Long Night of Dark Intent: A Half Century of Cuban Communism

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Overview

The Cuban Revolution of 1959 was a benchmark of triumph and a harbinger of tragedy to come. Rather than herald a new era of Cuba joining the world community of nations as a paragon of democracy as many fervently hoped and believed it would, it became instead a new stage in authoritarian rule in the Western hemisphere.

For more than a half century since then Cuba has been defined by the capacity of a single family to command and determine the fate of a nation—and to do so with a minimum of opposition. Incredibly, even those professing adhesion to democratic norms have been ready to forgive the dictator his excesses. This volume explains the theory and practice of this absence of internal opposition and the persistence of external support for the Castro family and its entourage.

The Long Night of Dark Intent is chronological in order, with the author indicating major points in each of the five decades covered. The volume covers five centers of system analysis: economics, politics, society, military, and ideology. Who or what "determines" events and decisions is the stuff of real history. It is precisely due to variability in causal chains in society that we have huge variance in levels of predictability. The course of the Cuban Revolution gives strong support for such an approach to the Castro Era. This is a unique, unflinching account with a strong emphasis on the importance of U.S. policy decisions over time.

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Editorial Reviews

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“In compiling The Long Night of Dark Intent: A Half Century of Cuban Communism, Irving Louis Horowitz gave himself a difficult task. A prolific writer on topics Cuban, hemispheric, and indeed global, Horowitz has no dearth of material from which to choose. And it shows: the 594 pages of text include articles, lectures, reviews, and congressional testimony on topics as varied as the nature of the Castro regime, anti-Semitism in Cuba, the value of Cuban-American social scientists, Cuban militarism, and the ‘Cuba Lobby,’ among others. . . . Horowitz’s keen intellect and acerbic style are on full display.”

—Joshua H. Nadel, Contemporary Sociology

"The story of the Castro regime through the Salinization lens is not a pretty one. Horowitz's defense of his position necessarily involves detailed exposition of the violent, repressive side of the Cuban Revolution, including many events that have typically eluded the gaze of sympathetic foreign visitors, including many foreign scholars. The book is rife with descriptions of personalistic dictatorial rule in Cuba, as well as ongoing repression of dissent, destruction of civil society, militarization, Soviet sponsored export of the Revolution throughout the Third World, purges, show trials, and widespread human rights abuses...For those unafraid to confront Trosty-eque truths, The Long Night of Dark Intent offers a wealth of historical material that has not been previously compiled, combined with engagingly forthright sociological analysis."

– Katherine Hirschfeld, Human Rights Review

"Horowitz exemplifies Raymond Aron's realization that even though objectivity might be impossible for the human species, fairness is not. Indeed, the latter can be attained by maintaining rigorous distinctions and comparisons and by concretely defining terms. The Long Night of Dark Intent illustrates this point. Like Robert Frost's "night of dark intent" socio-political canvas will rank always as a trustworthy and necessary resource."

– Laura Ymayo, Tartakoff, Society

"The Long Night of Dark Intent is superb. There are few people who have a grasp of what happened in Cuba during the past fifty years like Horowitz. The division that he makes by decades is very pertinent."

– Ernesto F. Betancourt, First Director (ret) Radio Marti, United States Information Agency

The great virtue of The Long Night of Dark Intent is to explore the facets of totalitarian dictatorship, and the inevitable joining of Communism and the autocratic state. Castro's dual affinities with militarism on the one hand and populism on the other, has led over time to statist solutions that exceed the bounds of party organization. Horowitz offers an invaluable window into social science activity about Cuba during this same period.

– Howard Schneiderman, Professor of Sociology, Lafayette College The Long Night of Dark Intent: A Half Century of Cuban Communism constitutes a magnificent compilation of Horowitz's writings on Cuba.

– Carmelo Mesa-Lago, Professor of Economics. The University of Pittsburgh

The Long Night of Dark Intent is not only the authoritative guide to tragedies unleashed by Castroism in all its phases but a moving and instructive account of the author's own anti-totalitarian odyssey since the early 1960's. Each of those moments or levels of the book are of real interest and importance. Horowitz makes plain the feeble, tentative nature of the social order imposed on things by those who would be gods.

Daniel J. Mahoney, Professor of Political Science, Assumption College

The Long Night of Dark Intent is an enlightening book by a learned man who has probably done more to promote a scholarly understanding of post 1959 Cuba than anyone else in the United States.”

– Dario Fernandez-Morera, Chronicles

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412842242
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/28/2011
  • Pages: 620
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Irving Louis Horowitz (1929-2012) was Hannah Arendt Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Political Science at Rutgers University. He was the founder and served as chairman of the board and editorial director of Transaction Publishers. A prolific writer, he authored more than fifty books, as well as hundreds of articles and essays.

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Table of Contents


Preface     ix
Acknowledgments     xix
1960s: Guerrilla Dictatorship     1
The Stalinization of Fidel Castro     3
Castrologists and Apologists: True Belief in the Service of False Sentiment     18
Cuban Communism and Marxist Revisionism     30
The Missile Crisis: A Decade in United States-Cuban Relations     58
1970s: Consolidation of Communism     69
United States Policy toward Cuba in a Latin Context     71
Capitalism, Communism, and Multinationalism     84
The Militarization of Guerrilla Communism     104
Military Origins of the Cuban Revolution     122
Ideological Euphoria and Post-Revolutionary Cuba     143
Authenticity and Autonomy in Cuban Communism     166
Institutionalized Militarism of Cuba     175
The Cuba Lobby: Supplying Rope to a Mortgaged Revolution     191
Institutionalization as Integration: The Cuban Revolution at Age Twenty     213
1980s: Militarization of the Regime     222
C. Wright Mills and Listen, Yankee     224
The Role of Cuba in the Pacification of Central America     237
Fidel's "Soft" Stalinism     250
1990s: Regionalization and Retreat     254
SmallNation, Global Pretensions: Fidel Castro Redux     256
Revolution, Longevity, and Legitimacy in Communist States     264
The Dictator Who Would Be King     286
New Beginnings and Familiar Endings     296
Totalitarian Options in a Post-Communist World     306
American Foreign Policy toward Castro: Paradox, Procrastination, and Paralysis     317
The Conscience of Castrologists     329
Social Science as an Instrument of Democratic Struggle     348
The Cuban Revolution: The Myth of Theory and the Theory of Myths     365
Consequences of the American Embargo     386
On Socialist Economics and Communist Politics     401
The Jewish Experience in Cuba     408
Castro and the End of Ideology     412
Military Autonomy and Dependency in Castro's Cuba     417
Cuban Models and Democratic Choices     426
Endless Celebrations for an Old Dictator     434
Reality Avoidance and Political Pilgrimage     439
Three Points of Light: Long Term U.S. Policy Responses to Cuba     453
Cuba Lobby Upgrade: Plus ca Change, Plus C'est la Meme Chose     460
The Cuban Embargo and the American Interest     477
2000s: Dissolution of Political Power      485
The Two Cubas of Elian Gonzalez     487
Cuba after Castro: The Historical Limits to Dictatorship     494
Humanitarian Capitulation     499
One Hundred Years of Ambiguity: U.S.-Cuba Relations in the 20th Century     509
The Conflict between Economy and Ideology in Cuban Communism     521
Transition Scenarios for a Post-Castro Cuba: Speaking Loudly but Carrying a Small Stick     535
Castro's Corn: Petroleum and Globalization     547
Rocky Shoals of Reform: Castro and the Caudillo     555
Cuba, Castro, and Anti-Semitism     564
Semper Fidel     575
Mi Vida: The Manichean Face of Dictatorship     584
Index     595
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