Monday, August 13, 2007

Socialismo, not sociolismo

To mark Fidel Castro’s 81st birthday, today’s edition of The Australian publishes an interesting article by British academic and journalist Neil Clark.

According to Mr Clark, what Cuba needs a good dose of socialism. With a capital S.

By which he means more egalitarianism.

“Apartheid may have come to an end in South Africa but in Cuba it lives on, only people are not divided by the colour of their skin but whether or not they have access to Cuban convertible pesos, the currency all tourists are forced to spend,” he writes.

“While its people make the sacrifices, the Cuban elite continue to enjoy the good life,” he says, pointing out that the regime has just ordered a new fleet of BMWs for all its ambassadors - and a Series 5 model for Raul Castro.



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