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#31 Sep 29, 2019 3:41 pm

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Also, Bishop's own words...

After the defeat in January '74 the Party held its first major evaluation in April 1974, we were then exactly one year and one month old. We spent a few days, a whole week-end, looking at the Party and trying to decide where we went wrong and what corrective action was needed. That is when we decided in theory and in principle that we should build a Leninist Party. That decision was taken in April '74 but in practice that decision was not implemented for many years. In fact, there was a constant struggle within the Party to get Leninist principles, in practice and in a concrete way going but it was always an uphill struggle, particularly on the need for collective study. In this second period, that is from April '74 to June '77, the Party was very much going through its period of early childhood, though our contesting of the 1976 General Elections and our policy on Alliances were evidence of a developing political and ideological maturity.

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#32 Sep 29, 2019 4:57 pm

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Yeah, OK, I woz ill informed, I capitulate, Mea Culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa.

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#33 Sep 29, 2019 6:23 pm

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Well, a lot of people think that Bishop wasn't really much of a socialist so you are not alone.  They think it for two reasons...

1) That was the impression he wanted to give and,

2) They want to believe it.

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#34 Sep 29, 2019 6:38 pm

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The clash of big educated egos was sure to end in violence when the JCBs couldn't decide on a way to share the chair. They battled over who would rule an island of one hundred thousand hard working people that only wanted strong leadership that would allow them to be treated fairly. People that didn't know or care about political ideology, they just wanted fair access to health care, education, job opportunities, the right to raise a family and be compensated for a hard days work.
Would things be any different in Grenada today had Coard been executed and Bishop survived?

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#35 Sep 30, 2019 10:02 am

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houston wrote:

Would things be any different in Grenada today had Coard been executed and Bishop survived?

Things would have been far worse in Grenada than they are today.  The Revo would have lived on because the US wouldn't have invaded.  The socialism of the Revo wouldn't have worked in Grenada any better than it works in Cuba or Venezuela.  The collapse o the Soviet Union would have left Grenada without aid from the Soviet Bloc.

I don't know if the Revo could have survived the collapse of the Soviet Union but, if it did, it would have been an island o extreme poverty and no human rights.

I am not trying to justify the invasion of Grenada by the US.  The US did that for its own reasons, not really to do anything for Grenadians.  That said, the socialism of the Revo was what it always is: A beautiful, gilded road to hell.

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#36 Sep 30, 2019 8:57 pm

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I think they may have been far behind the 8 ball, but I have always had a sneaking feeling there were British black ops surveying the scene reporting back to Blighty. Who may..... as I concede have brought the wrath of Maggie down on Bishops head but too late in the day, but that's a maybe.... who knows.

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