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Castro: Cuban model doesn’t work

September 9, 2010


— Fidel Castro told a visiting American journalist that Cuba’s communist economic model doesn’t work, a rare comment on domestic affairs from a man who has conspicuously steered clear of local issues since stepping down four years ago.

The fact that things are not working efficiently on this cash-strapped Caribbean island is hardly news. Fidel’s brother Raul, the country’s president, has said the same thing repeatedly. But the blunt assessment by the father of Cuba’s 1959 revolution is sure to raise eyebrows.

Jeffrey Goldberg, a national correspondent for The Atlantic magazine, asked whether Cuba’s economic system was still worth exporting to other countries, and Castro replied: “The Cuban model doesn’t even work for us anymore,” Goldberg wrote Wednesday in a post on his Atlantic blog.

He said Castro made the comment casually over lunch following a long talk about the Middle East, and did not elaborate.


Stuart Evans 7 years, 4 months ago

I'm wondering if he's beginning to get a taste for theocracy since he's been hanging around the Iranians. Or maybe his comment means that the US has embroiled the entire world so deeply into capitalism that no country can escape it.

kansasredlegs 7 years, 4 months ago

There can be no Communism with private ownership. Communism is a wonderful idea in theory only. Seems that senility is finally bringing some sense to the Castro brothers.

vuduchyld 7 years, 4 months ago

Socialism won't work? You can call it what you want to call it, but our economy and the economies of every other developed country in the world have plenty of Socialist elements.

You want pure capitalism? I'm not sure where you would find it. Maybe Somalia?

Have fun there. I won't be joining.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 4 months ago

They're not working? Tell that to the millions of retirees whose healthcare and livelihood are dependent on them.

While claiming that they "don't work" may work as feel-good ideological sloganeering, the beneficiaries of these programs aren't sick, destitute and/or living in the streets as millions of older Americans were 75 years ago.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 4 months ago

Eliminate (or raise) the cap on the income levels on which it's collected, and it's solvent forever.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 4 months ago

Cut the defense budget by 75% (which would make it a true "defense" budget) and none of that is all that much of a problem.

Do that along with adopting a single-payer healthcare plan, and the deficit is paid off in ten years or less.

"Do we go the way of Greece?

What way is that?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 4 months ago

"Sheeesh!! Listen to yourself Bozo...that line of thought is just ridiculous. Socialism does not work."

Argument by assertion?

"You have got to be putting me on."

I guess that means you really don't understand what's going on there (or how Wall Street/investment banks are involved.)

bad_dog 7 years, 4 months ago

Sorry but I have a hard time characterizing Medicare and Social Security (something I've paid into since age 16) as "entitlements". I'd be happy to have my deductions back to add to the investment portfolio, but that isn't going to happen.

notajayhawk 7 years, 4 months ago

In other words, tax the heck out of those of us still working to pay for your retirement, Herr Klowne?

The problem with collecting more is that eventually you have to pay out more. So no, clownie, it doesn't stay "solvent forever".

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 4 months ago

" Herr Klowne?"

I can see that you haven't had any sudden onslaught of adulthood.

Flap Doodle 7 years, 4 months ago

Imagine the shocked look on bozo's face.

notajayhawk 7 years, 4 months ago

"Cuban model doesn’t work"

No kiddin'.

Gee, this is about as big a news story as that one a few days ago about the state employees union endorsing a Democratic candidate. Thank god for the press, without whom we'd never know these things.

bad_dog 7 years, 4 months ago

It's only newsworthy due to the source, not because it's a revelation to us.

notajayhawk 7 years, 4 months ago

Not sure if it's even newsworthy with the source. He didn't seem to surprised himself by the revelation, and there are an awful lot of people who suspected - or at least should have suspected - that he's known this all along.

bad_dog 7 years, 4 months ago

Perhaps I should have placed "newsworthy" in quotes? Can't argue with the rest of your statement...

beatrice 7 years, 4 months ago

Cuban model doesn't work? I thought this was going to be a story about the Dallas Mavericks.

notaubermime 7 years, 4 months ago

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