COMMUNIST Party of Cuba Second Secretary Jose Ramon Machado Ventura says imperialism today seeks new alliances and attempts by all means possible to stifle and destroy social change.
Machado Ventura also said the October Revolution was one of the most significant events of the 20th Century.
Speaking at the political-cultural act to mark the centennial of the Great October Socialist Revolution at Havana’s Karl Marx Theatre, Machado Ventura said Vladimir Lenin’s Bolshevik revolution of 1917 ushered a new era for humanity.
“Today, in some media, there is a tendency to diminish the importance of the Revolution that led to the founding of the world’s first socialist state and opened a path of hope, giving way to a new social regime that would show that a world free of exploiters and the exploited was possible. Attempts are made to diminish and even disregard the role played by its eminent leader, Vladimir Ilich Lenin,” MachadoVentura said.
“Comandante en Jefe [Commander-In-Chief] Fidel Castro Ruz, on referring to Lenin stated: ‘He was a brilliant revolutionary strategist who did not hesitate to assume Marx’s ideas and implement them in a vast and only partially industrialized country… Lenin was a truly exceptional man, capable of interpreting all the depth, essence and value of Marxist theory.’ He had the merit of taking advantage of a moment of crisis of imperialism, provoked by its own war, and the growth of the labor movement in Czarist Russia, to carry out the socialist Revolution. He was the man who was met with incomprehension in his own surroundings, but at the same time he had, like no other at that time, the greatest understanding of the humble, of the workers aware that the seizure of political power was the only way to lead them to their emancipation.”
He said events that followed the October Revolution demonstrated the relevance of the global social revolution for which the Russian revolution was just a prologue.
“The process of decolonization would not have been possible without the enormous influence of the October Revolution, in that it decisively contributed to the right of the peoples to self-determination and independence becoming a reality in many countries of the world. An undeniable contribution of this great feat was the beginning of the process of political-economic structuring of a new system: socialism,” Machado Ventura said. “The Revolution favored the drastic change in the correlation of world forces, demonstrated that the elimination of exploitation was possible, that there were other forms of government and democracy, and that alternatives existed beyond the formulas offered by capitalism, generating wars and divisions, overwhelming peoples and nations. In the field of international relations, it inaugurated a new way of doing and acting. In the Decree on Peace and in the Declaration of the Rights of the Peoples of Russia, expressed were the principles that should govern the relations between states and peoples, which are still fully valid today. The USSR achieved, in a historically very short period, technological and industrial development. It eradicated illiteracy, generalized schooling, reached a high scientific level, ensured employment and social protection, eliminated discrimination against women and proclaimed their rights, as well as those of children and young people. These achievements were obtained in the midst of military, economic and political aggression. The nascent socialist state made the postulates of its Revolution a reality through blood and fire, and began to build itself in a country totally ruined, bled dry and blockaded, which required no less hard and heroic efforts.”
He said there were many contributions and efforts from the peoples that made up the Soviet Union but that none more significant than the defeat of fascism deserved eternal gratitude.
“The influence of the October Revolution and the battle for multifaceted development being waged in what was the most backward imperial country of its time, also reached Latin America, where the ideas of the Revolution were disseminated and communist parties began to emerge, including that of Cuba, in the midst of the conditions of first an invaded, and later a neocolonial republic. In this and other Cuban revolutionary groups that confronted imperialist domination and its complicit governments of the day, present were, along with the ideas of Martí, the ideas of the October Revolution, the ideas of Marxism-Leninism,” said Machado Ventura.