Castro’s death

I don’t think that many people in the US will be upset that Fidel Castro has finally died. He had been ill for several years.  There is no doubt that Fidel was a historic figure.  But, his prancing around in his guerilla fatigues showed his self-conscious image building.  It seems he was very bourgeois, he had several mistresses and several families, and he acquired American consumer goods, all at the expense of the people.

Such is the stupidity of a Communist regime that it becomes an oligarchy, so his nearest family member succeeded Fidel, namely his brother Raul Castro.  Raul himself is already 82 years old, and that is typical of all Stalinist regimes. The “great leader” stays in power until he more or less dies and then another member of his family succeeds to the throne. As in No. Korea and the former USSR, the leaders have absolute power over life and death with no form of civil protection.  Like going back to Medieval times.

Raul is supposed to be more pragmatic than Fidel and has opened Cuba up to the US, mainly in exchange for a removal of sanctions.  But, there is no imminent chance that Cuba will revert to a democratic system any time soon.  On the contrary, after Raul and under a President Trump, there may be a reversion to a more hard-line policy.  Like China, Cuba may want to ease economic control, but to maintain political control.  This is nonsense because if anything Communism and Marxism are meant to be economic systems, the State being in control of “production, distribution and exchange.”  In the asbence of that it remains what it is, a brutal authoritarian regime.   Nevertheless, one cannot conceive of the Cuban people putting up with this nonsense forever.  There are now only five Communist countries in the world, No. Korea, China, Vietnam, Laos and Cuba.  Hopefully their days are numbered.

The big question is can Pres. Trump reverse the recent improvements in relations between Cuba and the US?  It seems unlikely, since the Cuban-American community is in favor of such warming relations, particularly now that Fidel has gone from the scene.  How this wll play out remains to be seen.

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