Thursday, June 14, 2007

Capitalist vices

A conga-line of Fidel Castro apologists and other assorted fellow travellers is currently meeting in Havana for the grandly named Fifth Congress on Culture and Development.

And true to form, most speakers appear to have heaped praise on the 80-year-old dictator (shameless, I know), while attacking the US and the evils of capitalism.

In fact, they have gone one further, according to reports in the official Cuban media - they have actually listed “the vices of capitalism” as racism, mercantilism, colonisation, lack of solidarity and banality.

Now, I don’t know about you but I can think of a few other capitalist vices much more serious than banality.

Anyway, one of the highlights of the talkfest was a speech delivered by someone by the name of Miguel Barnet, who is described as a Cuban “writer and ethnologist”.

After decrying globalisation as an imperialist tool, etc, etc, he called for the “uncensored use of the Internet” as a way to “achieve diversity rather than anarchy”.

Given the Castro regime’s well documented restrictions on Internet access for ordinary Cubans (as opposed to cash-carrying foreigners), Mr Barnet obviously has just discovered that other great capitalist vice, irony.

Wish him well.


Blogger Agustin Farinas said...

There is probably a few European leftists among this "august gathering" extolling the benefits of the Revolution for the uneducated masses of this people from the Third World. You can tell them apart very easy, just look for them in their Che tee shirts and mojitos in their hands. A truly disgusting sight.

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