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By Samuel Farber

Uncritically lauded by means of the left and hastily denounced by way of the appropriate, the Cuban Revolution is sort of universally seen one dimensionally. Samuel Farber, considered one of its so much knowledgeable left-wing critics, offers a miles wanted serious evaluation of the Revolution's impression and legacy.

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While his book claimed to be a sciεntinc treatise it contains passages like the following abollt black people: When we reRecr on rhe narure of rhese men and rheir dissimilariry ro rhe resr of mankind, musr we nor conclude rhar rhey are a dif­ ferenr species of rhe same genus? nor, for what hirherro appears, do they seem ar aIl inferior in rhe inreIlecrual faculries to many of rhe Negro race... 1he amo­ rous intercourse berween rhζm may be frεquenr... An oran-ourang... ’l 1hough most people in Britain had never seen a black person the ideas of the slavers gained currency, particularly at the top of society.

The island of Mauritius in the 1ndian Ocean provides a useful example. Here as many as one in seven slaves had come from south 1ndia and atter slavery was abolished through the British Empire in 1838 1ndia remained a‘primary source oflabour. “ One plantation owner noted the benefit of the coolie system in 1835: “The cost is not half that of a slave’얀’ Mauritius had a complex history as most slaves were African, but some were 1ndian or even Chinese. Once slavery was abolished the majority of coolies were 1ndian, but some were African-mosdy from Madagascar.

He would havε gone to the moon, if necessary, for labour. ' 1he slavers tried a series of justifìcations, including Noah’s curse on Ham from the Bible. 1hey argued that black people were descended from Ham and as such were born to serve. In the εnd they preferred a more forward-looking myth, one that fìtted with the developing new scientifìc taxonomies. Black people were a different, and inferior, species. An early opponent of these developments spotted the class rela­ tions that caused the bigotry in a book called The Negros and /;ηdia껴 Advocate published in 1 680.

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