Quote Of The Day

“Two other observations struck me during my visit to Cuba: 1. I don’t think I met anybody who truly believed in communism. I met with high officials at ministries and top people at the University of Havana and official think tanks, some of whom were very intelligent and quite sophisticated, and all of whom left me with an impression that cynicism about the revolution was widespread. 2. Discontent with the status quo among the general population was also widespread. To this day, the economy has probably not yet bounced back to the income or consumption levels that existed in 1989 or 1990. Food rations are skimpy and clinics cannot afford to provide basic medicines or supplies (patients must finance those goods themselves). Why put up with the lack of freedom if the revolution can’t even guarantee basic necessities?”–Ian Vasquez, blogging at the Cato blog over, Transition in Cuba: How Would Raúl Rule?

22 Responses to “Quote Of The Day”

  • it’s simple cuA was onl7y able to exist this long with the help of russia

  • Of communism, inteligence and sincerity:
    Pick two.

    If you are intelligent and sincere you are not a communist.

    If you are intelligent and a communist you are not sincere.

    If you are sincere and a communist you are not intelligent.

  • eerrr so you are saying communism is bad?

  • One of the oddest things about Cuba is how the government, which is getting close to 50 years old, calls itself “the revolution” – and even outside observers are willing to accept this exercise in branding.

  • eerrr so you are saying communism is bad?

    Communism isn’t intrinsically bad, but it fails miserably in considering the effects of human motivation and behavior. Are you happy to have the next guy receive “to each, according to his needs” the same as you, when he has not a tenth of your own ability or drive?

  • That is saying that the only measure of success is the amont of money someone pays you.
    If you remove the monetary aspect of employment you are free to pursue the career that is your passion and therefore you become better at it.
    How many times in my Life have I been forced to give up jobs I liked for jobs that PAID better?
    I hear and see people who work at jobs that give them ulsers, high blood presure, premature hair loss etc etc…. all because it grants them a lifestyle that means eating regulerly.
    And more to the point if a job was not of benifit to sociaty it would not exist, a doctor can not operate in a dirty room(staff infection would run rampid).

  • Of course, it’s not JUST money, but money is a surrogate for independent travel (gasoline, tickets etc.), the arts (theatres don’t have an infinite number of seats, and so they must be somehow rationed), and plenty of other goods and services we ALL like (or need) to have. Communism has never demonstrated that it can provide the range of human fulfilment we evil capitalists enjoy. 😉

    (Put another way, some people will always be more equal than others…)

  • We live in a country with its own natural resources, 78% of the land west of the mississippi is populated and there is enough wealth in this country to acomodate 20 times the present population, so if anywhere communisim can work here.(if there arent enough theater seats build more theaters).
    besides even capitalism has roots in communism since the barter system is essentially communist(I fix your fence because you cut my yard and your uncle deliverd my 2nd child and eats at my brothers diner etc etc etc….. in other words everybody takes part in sociaty for the greater good).
    Infact most frontier towns in america practiced a form of socialism, my great grand mother never paid for a doctor to deliver her babies he just ate dinner at her house on sunday.
    And you failed to address my comment about our lack of freedom to pick the job we want in a capitalist sociaty.

  • my great grand mother never paid for a doctor to deliver her babies he just ate dinner at her house on sunday.

    This wasn’t communist AT ALL. It was a voluntary contract, a friendly exchange of services in which each realized a benefit. The doctor wasn’t obliged by government to provide his services, nor your GGM to feed him.

    And you failed to address my comment about our lack of freedom to pick the job we want in a capitalist sociaty.

    On the contrary: You are free to choose any profession for which you can market your services at an agreed pay rate. If we have a surplus of streetsweepers, the pay will be sparse, and that is a simple motivator for you to seek and prepare yourself for a more productive job. If you are a MD working too many hours for your health, you are free to accept a pay cut in exchange for fewer hours and a healthier lifestyle. Such freedoms, and such incentives, seldom exist in real-life communism.

    That said, the powermongers at the top of the heap always seem to make out well in either system.

  • I can’t wait to see how Cubans deal with credit card debt, obsessive compulsive shopping disorders, obesity, property taxes, the dudeification of their women, jet-ski materialism and all of the other wonderful trappings of this amazing American life!!! It’s going to be wonderful when the Cubans are “one of us”! Yay!

  • Isn’t it THEIR choice?

    I fully support their free decision for whatever political and economic system most appeals to them.

    And for 47 years, many of them have voted with their feet (oars, paddles, sails, …)

  • No, it won’t be their choice. Just like it’s not most of our choice to live as exquisitely as we do knowing the rest of the world doesn’t…Cuba will be sold off, much to the chagrin of the natives, to the highest bidder(s). I predict a Palestine-like Pueto Rico situation there within a few years. The cool part though? The Black Eyed Peas will have free reign over the entire Beny More catalog and people like HP and his ilk will just LOVE it! “Bacardi Mojitos, anyone?” USA! USA!

  • Dear Cuba Libre:

    Doesn’t it strike you as odd that people will risk their lives to get OUT of Cuba !
    “Palestine-like Pueto [sic] Rico” What is that all about?

  • No, it doesn’t strike me as odd at all. I’ve actually been there and it’s a pretty depressing place. What I meant to say by “Palestine-like Pueto [sic] Rico situation” is that I fear that Cuba will not be allowed to exercise its autonomous will as a nation when Fidel admits he has died. Instead, it will become a playground for US companies (which is fine, right, because that’s the way the market works and everything?), its people, subjects of the the same soul-sucking greed machine that’s got us all. Plus, do you think it will be easy for the exiles to get their ancestral lands back? I don’t. There will be hold outs, people who feel entitled to the land Fidel “gave” them. And we will be told to call them “fidellin” and that they are the “bad guys”.

  • …do you think it will be easy for the exiles to get their ancestral lands back? I don’t. There will be hold outs, people who feel entitled to the land Fidel “gave” them.

    What in your view is an equitable solution?

  • I wish I could think of an equitable solution, or even something funny to say, but I can’t. The way I see it, this is yet another one of those quandaries that is going to inflame people into taking extreme views, much like the Palestinian-Israeli predicament and, much how in that situation one’s opinion labels one either a Zionist or a Terrorist, this one will see a spike in All-American Capitalist and America-hating Communist punditry. If the status quo is hurting Cubans, the inevitable change that must take place on the island has the potential to hurt even more Cubans. However, I think we owe it to them to allow them to decide their own fate, free from our well-menaing Monday morning quarterbacking and nation-building intrusions. Sadly, I don’t think the transition will happen without the US playing a major role, and possibly fudging it. Has to happen, though, no?

  • How about returning the land to the original ownership (thus restoring the desperately-needed investment capital to these resources), on the condition that the “fidellin” remain as talented, interested employees? They’ll probably be better off than under the communal system.

  • Cuba Libre:
    I have no doubt that Cuba is a depressing place. You can thank communism for that!

    “it will become a playground for US companies … its people, subjects of the the same soul-sucking greed machine that’s got us all.”

    What “soul-sucking greed machine” are you talking about? You sound pretty sad. Just be gratefull to G-d that you were able to leave Cuba, others are not so fortunate.

  • There are places in this country that are more “depressing” than Cuba and you can’t blame this on communism. (Hear that, Detroit and New Orleans? I’m talking to you, East St. Louis!)
    What “soul-sucking greed machine” am I talking about? If you have to ask, you’re probably a happy part of it and congratulaions to you, ramoncito. You were either born rich or figured out a way to “make millions of dollars by placing tiny little ads in newspapers”. In your Mc Mansion, you should be thankful to G_D that you are priviliged with the ability to see things so simplistically. USA! USA!

  • Those places are ‘depressing’ because they are run by people with the same mentality as communists – big government.

  • Mi querido Cuba Libre:

    I was not born rich, in fact I was born in Tegucigalpa Honduras, one of the poorest countries in this hemisphere. I was raised by my grandmother (she called me ramoncito) in Chicago. I did not “figure out …in newspapers”, what I did figure out is that if I stayed out of gangs, got an education and worked hard I could earn a decent living.

    I am thankfull to G-D that I live in this country. Claro que si, nunca lo dudes!

  • Wonder who contributes more pollution, more wasted effort, more “greenhouse gas” per capita? This may make you think a bit.

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