Symposium: Marginalized Discourse: Voices from the Critical Left in Cuba

Collected, translated, and introduced by James Buckwalter-Arias, with contributions from Alexander Hall Lujardo, Lisbeth Moya González, Alina Bárbara López Hernández, Lynn Cruz, and Raymar Aguado Hernández

editors’ note: On Wednesday, June 14, 2023, Alina Bárbara López Hernández, one of the contributors to this symposium, was detained and taken to the police station in Matanzas, Cuba where she was interrogated for more than twelve hours. She was detained by State Security because she refused to appear for an unlawful citation to be “interviewed,” which is a method for threatening and pressuring citizens not to exercise their constitutional rights to freedom of expression and peaceful protest. At the time of this writing Alina Bárbara is under house arrest or “reclusión domiciliaria.”

In this symposium:

Introduction to Marginalized Discourse: Voices from the Critical Left in Cuba


James Buckwalter-Arias introduces the collection of contributions from critical leftists in Cuba.

The Historical Burden of Actually Existing Socialism


Alexander Hall Lujardo develops the emancipatory anti-capitalist critique of Cuban state socialism.

Cuba and the World


Lisbeth Moya González discusses how the international left can be in solidarity with the critical Cuban left.

The False Dilemma Fallacy


Alina Bárbara López Hernández rejects the Cuban state’s claim to be on the left.

The Cuban Reality


Lynn Cruz calls for situating Cuban politics in the context of the world capitalist system

The Cuban Left, More Critical and Decolonized


Raymar Aguado Hernández denounces Cuban state repression of critical leftists

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