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Cuba & liberalism : Fidel castro admit that the communist economy system isn't working anymore

Discussion in 'General political debates' started by ungovernable, Sep 9, 2010.

  1. ungovernable

    ungovernableAutonome Staff Member Uploader Admin Team Experienced member


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    So after apologising for the persecution of homosexuals during the revolution,
    ( see here: viewtopic.php?f=8&t=4909 )
    Fidel Castro continue to question himself and review the positions he defended during years under his dictatorship. Now he is admitting that the communist economy doesnt work anymore. Looks like he finally agree to reform the economy. Cuba is probably going to follow the path of China and reform his economy. Castro clearly stated that the state takes too much place in the communist economy. Sounds obvious that Cuba is now going liberal (liberalism is all about limiting the role of the state in the economy and free trade laissez-faire)

    here is an article translated from french to english with google translator:



    Fidel Castro said the Cuban economic model no longer worked, reported Wednesday a journalist based in the United States who has recently interviewed the former president.

    Asked whether the Cuban model could still be exported abroad, Castro replied: "The Cuban model does even more for us", noted in his blog Jeffrey Goldberg, Atlantic Monthly.

    These remarks seem to confirm, and that Castro had already suggested in an editorial published in April in Cuban media, agrees that the modest reforms initiated by his younger brother, President Raul Castro, the Cuban economy to stimulate.

    Goldberg added that Julia Sweiger, a Cuba expert who accompanied him to Havana, Castro recognizes that "the state plays too large a role in economic life".

    Such a view is likely to help deal with Raul Castro, Communist Party members opposed to his attempts to liberalize the economy, "said Goldberg Sweiger.

    Goldberg wrote in his blog Tuesday that Castro had invited him to Havana to discuss his recent article about the risks of conflict between Israel and Iran, with the possible involvement of the United States.

    He reported that Castro criticized the Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial.

    Since its reappearance in public in July, after a deduction of four consecutive years to intestinal surgery, Fidel Castro, aged 84, said fear of nuclear war.

    He said such a conflict is feared if the United States and Israel are trying to impose international sanctions against Iran over its nuclear activities.

    Former Cuban president also criticized his own attitude during the Cuban missile crisis in 1962, telling Goldberg that it "does not really worth the trouble" to encourage the Soviet Union to use nuclear weapons against the United States.

    During their visit, Goldberg and Sweiger went at the invitation of Fidel Castro, see a dolphin show at the National Aquarium in Havana.

    They were accompanied by Adela Dworin, leader of the local Jewish community, that Castro has embraced for the cameras, perhaps to send a message to Iranian leaders, Goldberg suggests in his blog Wednesday.

    The journalist also writes that Castro appears physically fragile but very quick-witted.

    Jeff Franks, Nicole Dupont for the French service
     

  2. Bakica

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    Can I have link to the article ? on french - english whatever ( if ya have on english, would be nice)
     
  3. nodz

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    Perhaps Castro has realised that the Stalinist version of Communism (dictatorships) doesn't work but from his point of view the socialist/liberalist version can, provided that capatlism is avoided.
     
  4. punkmar77

    punkmar77Experienced Member Staff Member Uploader Admin Team Experienced member


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    As much as I hate what he did with the peoples revolution, I think you might have a really good point, I mean I can't think back to any of the communist dictators that ever admitted they were wrong about anything, not while still alive anyway. We can only hope Nodz, that you are right, and that the influence of 'socialistas libertarios' will be greatly renovating Cuba with a new revolution, as is appropriate.
     
  5. killedbydeath

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    i read the atlantic monthly blog article a month or so ago but i don't know if i will be able to find it again. he didn't mention any sort of leftist political ideals or models besides denouncing cuba's form of communism. if there were hints towards cuba's future in the article, i got that they would be looking towards the US' and capitalism. this wasn't directly stated but i was left with it from the article, whether it was castro's opinion or that of the author, i don't know.
     
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