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

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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 ...

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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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“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 CollegeThe 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: 9781412808798
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/31/2008
  • Pages: 620
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.80 (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

1960s: Guerrilla Dictatorship 1

1 The Stalinization of Fidel Castro 3

2 Castrologists and Apologists: True Belief in the Service of False Sentiment 18

3 Cuban Communism and Marxist Revisionism 30

4 The Missile Crisis: A Decade in United States-Cuban Relations 58

1970s: Consolidation of Communism 69

5 United States Policy toward Cuba in a Latin Context 71

6 Capitalism, Communism, and Multinationalism 84

7 The Militarization of Guerrilla Communism 104

8 Military Origins of the Cuban Revolution 122

9 Ideological Euphoria and Post-Revolutionary Cuba 143

10 Authenticity and Autonomy in Cuban Communism 166

11 Institutionalized Militarism of Cuba 175

12 The Cuba Lobby: Supplying Rope to a Mortgaged Revolution 191

13 Institutionalization as Integration: The Cuban Revolution at Age Twenty 213

1980s: Militarization of the Regime 222

14 C. Wright Mills and Listen, Yankee 224

15 The Role of Cuba in the Pacification of Central America 237

16 Fidel's "Soft" Stalinism 250

1990s: Regionalization and Retreat 254

17 Small Nation, Global Pretensions: Fidel Castro Redux 256

18 Revolution, Longevity, and Legitimacy in Communist States 264

19 The Dictator Who Would Be King 286

20 New Beginnings and Familiar Endings 296

21 Totalitarian Options in a Post-Communist World 306

22 American Foreign Policy toward Castro: Paradox, Procrastination, and Paralysis 317

23 The Conscience of Castrologists 329

24 Social Science as an Instrument of Democratic Struggle 348

25 The Cuban Revolution: The Myth of Theory and the Theory of Myths 365

26 Consequences of the American Embargo 386

27 On Socialist Economics and CommunistPolitics 401

28 The Jewish Experience in Cuba 408

29 Castro and the End of Ideology 412

30 Military Autonomy and Dependency in Castro's Cuba 417

31 Cuban Models and Democratic Choices 426

32 Endless Celebrations for an Old Dictator 434

33 Reality Avoidance and Political Pilgrimage 439

34 Three Points of Light: Long Term U.S. Policy Responses to Cuba 453

35 Cuba Lobby Upgrade: Plus ca Change, Plus Cest la Meme Chose 460

36 The Cuban Embargo and the American Interest 477

2000s: Dissolution of Political Power 485

37 The Two Cubas of Elian Gonzalez 487

38 Cuba after Castro: The Historical Limits to Dictatorship 494

39 Humanitarian Capitulation 499

40 One Hundred Years of Ambiguity: U.S.-Cuba Relations in the 20th Century 509

41 The Conflict between Economy and Ideology in Cuban Communism 521

42 Transition Scenarios for a Post-Castro Cuba: Speaking Loudly but Carrying a Small Stick 535

43 Castro's Corn: Petroleum and Globalization 547

44 Rocky Shoals of Reform: Castro and the Caudillo 555

45 Cuba, Castro, and Anti-Semitism 564

46 Semper Fidel 575

47 Mi Vida: The Manichean Face of Dictatorship 584

Index 595

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