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Central Committee of the CPDA

Communist Party of DeviantART
Central Executive Committee and Commissariats


:iconthe-necromancer: General Secretary of the CPDA
:iconknofear: Commissar of Theory and Ideology
:iconthe-laughing-rabbit:Commissar of External Affairs
VACANT DUE TO RESIGNATION Commissar of Internal Affairs
:iconrenjikuchiki1: Commissar of Literary Affairs
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:iconkiev-45: Deputy Commissar of Theory and Ideology
:iconfrenzywolf: Deputy Commissar of External Affairs
:icondarkzaitzev: Deputy Commissar of Literary Affairs
:icondeathlesslegends13: Deputy Commissar of Literary Affairs
:iconrenegadeofpeace: Former Commissar, Observer
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:iconnurizin: Former Commissar, Observer
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Fulfilling the CPDA's One Year Plan. Details are provided here: communism.deviantart.com/journ…
To All CPDA Members,

In an attempt to stir discussion and creativity among our user base, I've decided to begin posting questions with some regularity so that we may see how we wish to approach certain issues. This will also allow all of us to hone our own ideas and thoughts surrounding our ideology(ies), as well as practice our writing/debating skills which are useful when conversing with those not in the group.

This brings us to the question at hand: should we refrain from criticizing Cuba? Among communists and socialists alike, modern Cuba is usually considered about the most left-wing state in existence. It is about as close to our goals as has been achieved in this day and age, although we have come closer to our dreams in the past (i.e. the Paris Commune, revolutionary Catalonia). As a result, we are quick to jump to Cuba's defense on the international scene, and we are normally in the right to do so given Cuba's tireless battles with imperialism from the 1959 Revolution to today.

However, what I wish to know is whether all of you think we should be open to criticizing Cuba. And I don't mean just among each other, I mean at all. We know that capitalists and imperialists are more than gleeful to latch onto any news piece which paints Cuba in even the faintest of negative lights, regardless of whether or not such stories are truthful or spun in nefarious ways. If we heap nothing but praise upon Cuba and its policies, we will have more than enough ammunition to counter such accusations while also gathering the interest of the common person at the same time. Our strength is in numbers, and thus the more followers we gain through such an approach would be highly beneficial.

And yet, doing this would be dishonest. Modern Cuba is not without its faults, and progress can certainly still be made (for example, Cuba does not currently allow for gay marriage/adoption). Cuba is a long way from communism, even if it is further along than most any other nation. But is it in our best interest to poke holes in our tidied balloon? If we are willing to criticize Cuba when doing so is honest and legitimate, we may simply be fueling the anti-communist flames, even if we learn lessons about the best way to move towards communism through such debate and criticism.

Lastly, we must ask ourselves if "bad press" really exists. Even if we do criticize Cuba, in doing so we may generate discussion and interest among the lay citizenry. Even when capitalists do this, it can stoke the watchful eyes and ears of the proletariat. But if bad press does exist for sure, then criticizing Cuba is playing into the hands of our rivals in the great ideological battle of history that we fight.

Feel free to leave your answer below.

Signed,
KnoFear
Commissar of Theory and Ideology
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anupespe Featured By Owner May 9, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
how thoughtful...why not everyone wealthy instead??
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PokeTitan Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015
I'm a social democrat and think communism is unrealistic myself, but in the distant future when robots do most of our work, it may inevitable. But in the meantime, I consider myself a far leftist but I don't see how communism can work yet. Regardless, I just wanted to say congrats being so open and honest with your views, everyone. Good luck Red Flag Waving 
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awesomefishguy Featured By Owner May 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It's hard to take you seriously when you have full faith in robots doing work for us in the future.
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PokeTitan Featured By Owner Edited May 23, 2015
www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&…  If you haven't seen this yet, please watch the whole thing. It may not be as crazy as you think.
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Skargill Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Good day, just for some users here would be interested in an PDF archive  I made of Libcom articles about working class history and revolutionary theory. Since my criteria was `I like it` its a bit all over the place but there should be something of interest and value libcom.org/forums/libcommunity…
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anupespe Featured By Owner Edited Mar 19, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
i believe the real enemy of communism are the people who are spoon fed from their childhood to  fear communism....in simple words, them people who fear communism but doesn't really know what is communism or why should they be afraid of it..

the bitter truth is that the only people who should really fear communism are the ones who are greedy and exploit the hard work of the poor and care nothing about them
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The-Necromancer Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015
Living in America, I know exactly what you are saying. But fortunately, due to some of my nation's politicians and their hate-mongering, many young people have started to ask questions and look at what Socialism and Communism really are. Instead of smearing President Obama (although some do believe such garbage), the Republican ultra-conservatives have done nothing but to make people think, discover, and consider that there are other options to the reality we know.

The irony is most amusing.
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anupespe Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
yup...I have heard many Americans proudly say that unlike many other countries, America only has 2 major political parties,
and that its simple for them to decide which one.

I laugh at them inside knowing that in any given situation..having to decide between only 2 choices is always dumb.
its like you are being asked - death by sword or death by bullet?...don't you have a 3rd choice at all?......to live
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The-Necromancer Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015
...sadly, no. There is no real third choice in American politics. There are many third parties out there, but none get any major support, fewer still even get on a ballot.
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PeteSeeger Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  Student Writer
You seem to hold a romanticized view of the harsh realities of communism, and a semi-hagiographical reverence for the leaders who were, in absolute honesty, evil.
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The-Necromancer Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015
Some may. But a good many of us are rather aware of the bad blood of our movement. We try and learn from the mistakes of the past, so that we may not repeat them again. Building the Socialist society is no easy goal, nor one that has been done entirely right before. But, just as Marx taught us, we strive to understand the how and why of these failings, their connection to the class struggle that continue or continued to exist, and of course the failings of overcoming Nationalist sentiment and tendencies.

The-Necromancer concedes fully that many of the "big" figures in the Communist movement have been rather despicable. Some more so than others. And it is again to the modern Communist to try and evaluate, understand why that is and how it failed. Historical Dialectic is not merely for the struggle against the Capitalists. It should also be applied to our own cause, so that we may always be aware of our own failings.
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PeteSeeger Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Student Writer
A good percentage of your picture are of the likes of Stalin, Mao, Ho CHin Minh, so on and so forth. Y'know, the guys who have a collective body count in the hundreds of millions.
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anupespe Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
the west knows the exact number of people killed by Stalin, Mao, Ho Chi Minh and so on...but doesn't know of any suffering or deaths that occured while these places were ruled by the Tsars or the Qing Dynasty or French colonial empire.

the same applies to any communist state which was previously ruled by feudal lords.
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The-Necromancer Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015
That is true.

And it is also true that every submission is voted on. We have rejected a good many such submissions as well as accepted them.

Did you dig through the entire gallery? Just curious. You may find the likes of Camus and several others alongside the "usual suspects". And then there are the writings and AgitProp which have absolutely nothing to do with Uncle Joe et. all.

If you wish to criticize, at least be constructive about it...
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