Castro is a great leader if you agree with him and his communist doctrine. Cuba has excellent healthcare and they do allow some enterprise and economics. If, however, you disagree with him, you're in for it.
He's had to be hard, given all the US pressure on Cuba and anyone trading with Cuba over the decades. In truth, Cuba is much more socialist than communist. Had the US never imposed embargoes (and pressured others into cutting off Cuba economically), they wouldn't be in the mess they're in and would have succeeded quite admirably.
The American government could never allow that to happen though. People might start questioning authority, 'Hey, how come we always have to have an enemy?', 'How come there's such a disproportionate waste of tax dollars on the military industrial complex?'. Then when they put those two questions together and find out it's all been smoke and mirrors, the system would have to change. People in power like staying in power, so that would never do.
Speaking of which I just picked up an inteesting new book from Harvard Prof, Samantha Power (I can never say Samantha normally after all those years of Tony Danza saying Samanta), titled, "A Problem From Hell : America and the Age of Genocide".http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0060541644/qid=1059094636/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/102-0836175-7780958?v=glance&s=books
Seems pretty interesting so far. It's a great reminder of how political capital (which comes from plain old capital) has created a political oligarchy from which "democracy" as we know it is little more than a joke, and words like "freedom" are nothing but so much jingoistic bull.
America and the "west" in general really need to wake up to what's going on domestically and start making some real changes before it's too late.
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