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    Re: Capitalist storm clouds loom over Havana after state cuts 1m jobs

    It's great in comparison to most of the rest of Central/South American countries.
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    Re: Capitalist storm clouds loom over Havana after state cuts 1m jobs

    Quote Originally Posted by Khayembii Communique View Post
    It's great in comparison to most of the rest of Central/South American countries.
    How many of those countries use armed guards to keep their successful citizens from defecting?
    People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.

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    Re: Capitalist storm clouds loom over Havana after state cuts 1m jobs

    Quote Originally Posted by Khayembii Communique View Post
    It's great in comparison to most of the rest of Central/South American countries.
    Im in Centrak America right now and have travelled all over the place.

    Which Central American countries are you referring to_

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    Re: Capitalist storm clouds loom over Havana after state cuts 1m jobs

    This is a corrupt system where the party leaders and the apparatchik get their rewards, while the common people are kept on a short leash with do-nothing jobs and ration cards to stifle their initiative as well as keeping track of them so as to prevent any self initiative that would upset the ruling class that call this socialism. It is nothing but totalitarianism to benefit the party elite.

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    Re: Capitalist storm clouds loom over Havana after state cuts 1m jobs

    All progressive, Marxist governments do exactly the same. This is the way they have devised to keep as many "masses" as possible quiet and loyal. Anyone who has witnessed government runs restaurants inside Cuba with absurdly high meal prices and mediocre food is familiar with the meaning of the word "underemployed." To see waiters and staff languish around all day without even one patron occupying a table is to know the true nature of communism in the real world.

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    Re: Capitalist storm clouds loom over Havana after state cuts 1m jobs

    The simple truth is that with employment guaranteed, regardless of price, product or demand, there is no real incentive for creativity. Even if needed change was desired, how difficult to be "permitted." This truth lies at the heart of the problems facing the brothers regime. This system collapse simply from the absurdity and evil of its own nature.

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    Re: Cuba to cut 500,000 gov't workers, reform salaries

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    The Associated Press: Cuba to cut 500,000 gov't workers, reform salaries

    Huge news out of Cuba that will have an incredible impact on the future of that country. It will certainly create short-term difficulties for the 10-20% of the population that will lose their jobs, but if this leads to increased economic freedom, it should help the country as a whole in the long term.
    This is great news. I think that once Raul is firmly in command (as he now appears to be, given Fidel's recent statements that communism has failed), Cuba is poised for a China-like economic boom that spans decades. Raul may be Cuba's answer to Deng Xiaoping.
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    Re: Cuba to cut 500,000 gov't workers, reform salaries

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    This is great news. I think that once Raul is firmly in command (as he now appears to be, given Fidel's recent statements that communism has failed), Cuba is poised for a China-like economic boom that spans decades. Raul may be Cuba's answer to Deng Xiaoping.
    This is once again the triumph of hope over experience.

    Leftists once had the same hopes for his older, and smarter, brother. Sooner or later these tyrants are exposed for what they are, but often too late for those whose lives have been destroyed during their dictatorships.

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    Re: Cuba to cut 500,000 gov't workers, reform salaries

    Quote Originally Posted by Grant View Post
    This is once again the triumph of hope over experience.
    Experience? Raul has only been in power for a few years, and he's already proven himself to be much more of a reformist than Fidel. Hope seems to be completely justified in the case of Cuba.

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    Leftists once had the same hopes for his older, and smarter, brother.
    Uhh I've heard people say a lot of things about Fidel Castro, but "economic reformist" hardly comes to mind. Unless, of course, you're referring to his "reforms" from the Batista regime. Fidel Castro is as reactionary of a central planner as anyone in the world, except for Kim Jong-il.

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    Sooner or later these tyrants are exposed for what they are, but often too late for those whose lives have been destroyed during their dictatorships.
    Being a dictator and being a reformist are not mutually exclusive.
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    Re: Cuba to cut 500,000 gov't workers, reform salaries

    How can a country the size of Cuba with great weather depend on outside help for food? The inefficient Castro brothers regime now imports about 85% of the food it rations to the people. The rationing book accounts only for 1,000 daily calories per capita, a third of the calories recommended by FAO. In 1958 the consumption in Cuba was 2,870 daily calories per capita (source: UNO Demographic Yearbook, 1955-1959. FAO).

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