JFK+50: Volume 6, No. 1784CASTRO PROCLAIMS HE IS "A MARXIST-LENINIST"
Havana, Cuba (JFK+50) Fifty-four years ago today, December 2, 1961, Fidel Castro of Cuba announced in a televised address that he was a Marxist-Leninist* and added "and shall be one until the end of my life."
Castro went on to say:
"Marxism or scientific socialism has become the revolutionary movement of the working class."
Castro led successful guerrilla warfare against dictator Fulgencio Batista in 1959. Within two years he became Prime Minister, survived an attempted coup directed by the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States and formed an alliance with the Soviet Union.
In a radio interview in the summer of 1963, Lee Harvey Oswald proclaimed that he was a "Marxist-Leninist" but in notes taken by FBI agent James Hosty at the interrogation in Dallas in the aftermath of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Oswald said he was a "Marxist", not a Marxist-Leninist.
According to Lenin...
"the Marxist doctrine is omnipotent because it is true. It is comprehensive, harmonious, and provides men with an integral world outlook irreconcilable with any form of superstition, reaction or defence of bourgeois oppression.
It is the legitimate successor to the best that man has produced in the nineteenth century, as represented by German philosophy, English political economy and French socialism."
*According to the New World Encyclopedia Marxism-Leninism is defined as "an adaption of Marxism developed by Vladimir Lenin which led to the first successful communist revolution in Lenin's Russia in November 1917 (and) formed the foundation of the world communist movement."
"Lenin's Collected Works," Progress Publishers, Moscow, 1977.
"The Marxist-Leninist: a revolutionary communist website, www.marxistleninist.wordpress.com/
"The Three Sources and Three Components of Marxism," by Vladimir Llyich Lenin, Marxists Internet Archive, 1996.
Soviet Banner of Marx, Engels and Lenin
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