Friday, December 2, 2016


JFK+50:  Volume 7, No. 2147


Havana, Cuba (JFK+50) Fifty-five 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 CIA 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 defense of bourgeois oppression."

*Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz (1926-2016) was born in Biran, Cuba.  His father had fought in the Cuban War for Independence on the side of Spain and in the Spanish-American War.  Castro, who was raised in wealth, studied law at the University of Havana. 

Fidel Castro served as prime minister (1959-1976), president (1976-2008), and 1st secretary of the Communist Party (1961-2011).

**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,

"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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