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Man and Socialism in Cuba Guevara wrote Notes for the Study of Man and Socialism in Cuba in the form of a letter to Carlos Quijano editor of Marcha an independent radical zoeekly published in Montevideo Uruguay It bore the dateline Havana 1965 In addition to appearing in Marcha it was printed by Verde Olivo the magazine of the Cuban armed forces It is translated in full below Though belatedly I am completing these notes in the course of my trip through Africa hoping in this way to keep my promise I would like to do so by dealing with the theme set forth in the above title I think it may be of interest to Uruguayan readers A common argument from the mouths of capitalist spokesmen in the ideological struggle against socialism is that socialism or the period of building socialism into which we have entered is characterized by the subordination of the individual to the state I will not try to refute this argument solely on theoretical grounds but I will try to establish the facts as they exist in Cuba and then add comments of a general nature Let me begin by sketching the history of our revolutionary struggle before and after the taking of power As is well known the exact date on which the revolutionary struggle began - which would culminate January 1st 1959 - was the 26th of July 1953 A group of men commanded by Fidel Castro attacked the Moncada barracks in Oriente Province on the morning of that day The attack was a failure the failure became a disaster and the survivors ended up in prison beginning the revolutionary struggle again after they were freed by an amnesty In this stage in which there was only the germ of socialism man was the basic factor We put our trust in him - individual specific with a first and last name -
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