What Do Communists And Socialists Think Of The Collapse Of Cubas?

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What do communists and socialists think of the collapse of Cuba's economy following the dissolution of the Soviet Union?

Comparing Cuba with Haiti, just based on the fact that t are close geographically, is not a good idea. Any person who knows the scientific method is aware that, most of the times, the best way to compare is not to draw any comparison at all. In other words. comparing, in a rational way, is so hard to do that a good deal of the scientific method is devoted to the teaching of how to control and verify comparisons. If, for the sake of any ideological indoctrination, somebody dares to compare Haiti with Cuba then the least that person can do is to draw a comparison as logical as possible. To starts with, in the 1950s Haiti was so underdeveloped, in comparison to Cuba, that every year thousands of Haitians seasonal workers went to Cuba to work on the sugarcane harvest. At the end of every season t were hunted down by the Cuban authorities and sent back to Haiti. One of the reasons for such a difference between Cuba and Haiti was that, at the time (and probably still today), Haiti was not a fully developed capitalistic society. It is true that there was (and there is) private property in that country, but it is also true that most of the mechanisms that make capitalistic societies to thrive were absent or way under-represented in the Haitian economy. For a lot of time Haiti was an agrarian and semi-feudal society in which free market competition, free labor market, incentives for innovation and free capital movements were absent or almost not present. As a consequence of that, Haiti lacked the political and legal system that always accompanied the thriving capitalistic societies and, more importantly (at least for the fundamentalists of the Marxist credo) it lacked a real and powerful working class. Cuba, on the other hand, was an agrarian society in which the two major players, sugar and tobacco, required a good amount of post harvest transformations that were carried out by industrial workers. At the same time, Cuba had other industries and his legal and political system was way more functional than the one in Haiti. That’s one of the reasons why, at the moment of the so-called Cuban revolution (1959), the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Cuba was around 16 times higher than Haiti’s. If we insist on comparing Cuba with Haiti, we can ask ourselves how capable capitalism was of growing Haiti’s GDP, and how capable Socialism was capable of growing Cuba’s GDP. In 1970 Haiti’s GDP was $331, 200, 000 and in 2018 it was $9,658 billion, for a growing of around 30 times. Here is the source. https.//data.worldbank.org/country/haiti In 1970 Cuba’s GDP was 5,693 billion and in 2018 it was 96,851 billion, for a growing of around 16 times. Here is the source. https.//data.worldbank.org/country/cuba It is important to remember something that we Cubans know very well. Castro’s regimen always doctor number into its own advantage. But even accepting Castro’s numbers it is clear that the widely incomplete, deeply corrupt and brutally violent Haitian capitalism was capable of creating wealth at a rate that is almost double (double!) that the rate of socialist Cuba. One consequence of this fact is that today a lot of Cubans are more than willing to live in Haiti and, guess what, today there are no Haitians being hunted down in Cuba. Today Cuba is one of the poorest countries in Latino America. To say that Cuba ranks 6/20 is a blunt lie unless we clarify that the counting is from the bottom to the top. Here is the source. https.//nintil.com/2016/11/30/the-paradox-of-cuban-gdp/ If we want to answer if Cuba would have been better off without Castro we must take a look at how good Cubans are doing when t move elsewhere. The answer is that t are doing astonishingly well and, interestingly enough, it is the same answer we obtain when we compare east and west Germany, south and north Korea, or Venezuela and Colombia. The capitalistic societies are always the one receiving the huge number of immigrants from the “fairs” and “always beautiful” (for the American left) societies. When the Cubans started arriving to USA, mostly Florida in the early 60s, there were huge concerns about the collapse of the infrastructures required to accommodate them. Years later those infrastructures not only did not collapse, t were growing at a rate capable of accepting even more Cubans. Today, Florida is the center of Latino America, is one of the tops economies of the USA and has a growth that is, also, 30 times higher than the one it has in 1970. That year Florida’s GDP was 30,691 billion and in 2018 it was 1 trillion, for a growth of more than 30 times. Here is the source. https.//knoema.com/rhjjehg/list-of-us-states-by-gdp-1963-2014 The denial and silence of the Cuban immigration’s contribution to such a superb economical growing, and to the cultural, political and social development of the USA is today’s most blatant act of racism in America. The denial of how good it would had been for Cuba if that work force wouldn’t be obliged to leave its country is one of the most blatant defenses of the most murderous ideology in the history of humanity (100 millions of persons assassinated). Also, to pretend that the shortcomings of the under developed countries are due to what the American left calls “Imperialism” (t have no idea of the Leninist definition of imperialism) is a pathetic repetition of the indoctrination (disguised as instruction) t received in the so-called American educational system. To starts with, Karl Marx celebrated the annexation of Mexican territories to the USA. The reason he did it was that he considered such an annexation a necessary step for the pass of an agrarian, backward and semi feudal society, the Mexican at the time, to the more developed capitalistic society (USA’s). So, a good deal of what a lot of people call today “imperialism”, is no more than the expression of a process that Karl Marx (the real father of the American left) applauded. Also, the so-called imperialism is a general phenomenon that affects countries all over the planet. In some of those countries, like Singapore, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Chile, etc. the “imperialism” generates amazing economical growing and thriving societies. In some other countries, like Mexico, Haiti, Honduras, El Salvador, etc, etc. The blame for their shortcomings is in the same “imperialism” that didn’t affected (negatively) the above-mentioned countries. There is a lack of consequence in such a contradiction. There is an ideological approach, or a way of looking at reality as a way of confirming believes and not as a way to challenge and change those believes. Finally, Castro was working for the Cuban Communist Party way before the revolt he served, as a poster boy, gained power. To pretend that Castro fell into the USRR orbit as a consequence of the USA mistreating him is an infantile mythology, an act of active ignorance, and a cultural misappropriation of the Cuba history. The pro-soviet destiny of the so-called Cuban revolution was imprinted in its genome way before Castro came into the picture.

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