Paul Haven of The Washington Times reports on an interesting event. If Castro were a libertarian or conservative claiming that the free market system 'no longer works,' it would be front page news in the United States:
'Fidel Castro told a visiting American journalist that Cuba’s communist economic model doesn’t work...
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 if Cuba’s economic system was still worth exporting to other countries, and Mr. Castro replied: “The Cuban model doesn’t even work for us anymore,” Mr. Goldberg wrote Wednesday in a post on his Atlantic blog.
He said Mr. Castro made the comment casually over lunch after a long talk about the Middle East, and did not elaborate.
Even after the fall of the Soviet Union, Cuba has clung to its communist system.
The state controls well over 90 percent of the economy, paying workers salaries of about $20 a month in return for free health care and education, and nearly free transportation and housing. At least a portion of every citizen’s food needs are sold to them through ration books at heavily subsidized prices.
President Raul Castro and others have instituted a series of limited economic reforms, and have warned Cubans that they need to start working harder and expecting less from the government.
But the president also has made it clear he has no desire to depart from Cuba’s socialist system or embrace capitalism.'
Typical of Socialists: 'Our system doesn't even work for us anymore, but we're not going to abandon it!'
From Goldberg's article:
'He wasn't rejecting the ideas of the Revolution. I took it to be an acknowledgment that under 'the Cuban model' the state has much too big a role in the economic life of the country.'
And, Michael Moore, the Congressional Black Caucus, and others will still continue to sing the praises of the 'Cuban Model.'