Repairs


Domestic life imposes unpleasant obligations. The faucet leaks, the lamp refuses to light the room, the lock on the door sticks, and one evil day, horrors!, the refrigerator breaks down. Terrified we discover that the freezer is dripping and the appliance’s typical humming sound is no more. My neighbor José Antonio lived through a tragedy of this magnitude last week.

Early in the morning he called the nearest Domestic Repair Unit, but either they didn’t answer or he got a busy signal. He decided to go there and was met by a girl who was meticulously polishing her fingernails. Distressed, he told her the story of his appliance and described its symptoms. He was about to venture a diagnosis but at that moment she interrupted him to say that surely it was the timer and that they didn’t have the spare part. She explained that the workshop had a waiting list that stretched a couple of months. Like an intelligent man with some real life experience, the needy client formulated the correct question in a suitable tone, “And is there no other way to resolve this?” The woman paused in her manicure and shouted to a mechanic.

After agreeing on a price, everyone was satisfied. By midday the refrigerator was working again and the repairman went home with the equivalent of nearly two month’s wages. That night, my neighbor, who is a barman at a five star hotel, took to work several bottles of rum purchased on the black market. With these, he dispatched the first of the mojitos and tasty piña coladas that the tourists drink. They did not suspect they were helping to fill the gap left by the refrigerator repair, an enormous hole in José Antonio’s budget.

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38 thoughts on “Repairs

  1. If you put your IDEOLOGY before your PEOPLE! You should be kicked in you CULO real HARD! Same old Same Old! Trying to prolonge “THE AMERICAN ENEMY!!” BOOGY MAN!!

  2. Julio- I’m late getting back to the thread, but you asked why Cuba did not accept aid from the US after the devastating Hurricanes. I remember well- G.W.Bush offered $100,000 in aid(an insulting and Paltry amount) and insisted that US observers be given entry to Cuba to supervise its distribution. This was a callous and calculated offer by the Bush administration- they knew full well there was No way Cuba would accept these conditions. Bush’s face was still red from his stupefying failure in New Orleans after Katrina, and the inconvenient offer by Cuba to send emergency Medical teams to the US to help out. It could possibly be different today if a similar set of disasters struck Cuba. But maybe Not, given the way the Castros have maligned and denigrated Obama and his relaxing of the remittance limits and visits to Cuba by american based Cubans. They say it is “insufficient”! The collosal nerve of these egotistical brothers has absolutely no limit.

  3. Hank — very good video… I started it running and listened to every word as I multi-tasked a bit. I agree, I thought the points made by Carlos were crisp, clear and I agreed with them (more or less… I might have missed something I didn’t agree with so don’t hold me to that!). Julia seemed a little more “mushy”… not clear if it was because of her job, her desire to be allowed to continue to visit Cuba, or just her normal way of expressing herself.
    Anyway– thanks for posting it.

  4. WASHINGTON POST: Almost 300,000 Cubans abroad visited island in ’09

    By ANDREA RODRIGUEZ
    The Associated Press
    Wednesday, January 27, 2010; 3:37 PM

    HAVANA — “Nearly 300,000 Cubans living abroad visited their homeland last year, the island’s foreign minister said Wednesday, but he insisted a loosening of travel restrictions on Cuban-Americans coming to the island was “insufficient.”

    It was unclear if the 2009 figure was a record since the government rarely releases complete figures on the number of Cubans living overseas and the frequency of their visits. But Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said about 296,000 Cubans living abroad came back last year compared to just 37,000 in 1994.
    He did not say how many came from the United States, but the overwhelming majority of islanders overseas live in the U.S., mostly in southern Florida and New Jersey. There are other sizable Cuban communities in Spain, Mexico and Argentina.”

    “Rodriguez said Washington has sought to turn Cubans who choose to leave the island into “refugees who have fled in search of liberty.”

    Cuba’s government offers no statistics on how many of its citizens have left the island since Fidel Castro toppled dictator Fulgencio Batista on New Year’s Day 1959, though experts put the number at as many as 1.5 million – more than 13 percent of today’s entire Cuban population of about 11.2 million.”

    THEY WANT MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    “But even moving away from Cuba legally is not easy. Cubans wanting to emigrate must obtain official permission from the communist government to leave, a special passport and, often, a string of additional visas – as well as having to meet the requirements for the destination country.

    Once outside, immigrants face strict Cuban government rules on how long they have to wait before they can visit the island anew, and how long they can stay.
    The foreign minister’s comments kicked off a three-day immigration forum featuring 450 Cubans who live overseas, including 200 from the United States. Those invited were considered supportive of the single-party communist system.”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/27/AR2010012703400.html

  5. CNN: Protests continue in Venezuela following 2 deaths

    January 27, 2010 — Updated 0354 GMT (1154 HKT)

    “Protests over media freedom continued in Venezuela Tuesday, a day after two student protesters were killed in separate clashes.

    Student leaders opposed to cable operators’ decision to drop five television channels, including an opposition station, for failure to follow broadcast laws pleaded for an end to the violence at a demonstration in front of the state-run broadcaster.”

    “”Pulling a television station from cable and satellite distribution because it chooses not to carry every word uttered by a politician would be laughable if this weren’t Venezuela,” Carlos Lauria, CPJ’s senior program coordinator for the Americas, said in a statement. “The action against RCTV is a disturbing sign of the growing censorship imposed by President Hugo Chavez. The authorities must restore all stations to subscription TV immediately.”

    The Venezuelan embassy in the United States released a statement challenging the way the RCTV incident was being portrayed, citing “distortions in U.S. press coverage.””

    “In other developments in Venezuela, the president of state-owned Banco de Venezuela, Eugenio Vazquez Orellana, announced his resignation Tuesday. The resignation follows two other high-level resignations from Chavez’s upper ranks. Over the weekend, Venezuela’s vice president and defense minister Ramon Carrizalez, and minister for the environment Yuviri Ortega, also resigned. ”

    http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/americas/01/26/venezuela.protests/

  6. Hank
    Carlos is right on the money that is exactly my thinking!

    That is what we have been talking about for a while here about the regime how it likes to be in this position of victim of the US.
    While victimizing the people of Cuba and how the regime every time they get a friendly administration looks for cover. They do not want change. Why kill the goose of the golden eggs?

    They will not know how to deal with change.

    Imagined that 2 million american tourist and no embargo!!
    How will they survive that american touristic and products invasion? :-)

    How will they excuse themselves as to why their system still does not work?

  7. Carlos makes a number of excellent and well-articulated points. The transcript has apparently not been posted on the CFR website yet, so I won’t attempt to paraphrase what he said. But I thought he was especially good when Julia said that she did not see any acts on the part of the Cuban government that could have prevented the US from lifting the recently-debated travel restrictions. Carlos rattled off about five different things that the Cuban government has done to worsen the situation and reduce the likelihood that the ban will be lifted…the island-wide military exercises, arresting the contractor, the ramped-up rhetoric against Obama, refusing entry into Cuba by the Spanish government official, and the total lack of any reciprocal gestures.

    Julia’s position on Cuba is much less clear to me. She seems to be more about understanding and explaining the phenomenon in Cuba than taking a stand on it. Maybe her job at the CFR requires this. I frankly do not know what she thinks about the Cuban dictatorship.

  8. If you have 65 minutes or so, the following is a link to an interesting panel discussion hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations on the topic of Cuba. The discussion took place on January 21st. The panelists were Carlos Saladrigas and Julia Sweig.

    The link is to the CFR home page, you have to scroll down a bit to find the video link. Very interesting discussion.

    http://www.cfr.org/

  9. The process by which a democracy converts into a totalitarian regime I have been calling it cubanization like in the case of venezuela. Is there any word in english to describe such process?

    Anyone?

    I am rethinking the idea of calling it cubanization sice we will eventualy be able to reverse that process back so the cuba does become a fully funtional democracy again so the name will not fit anymore. So I was thinking maybe such process of converting a democracy into a totalitarian regime should have a different name.
    A name came to my mind

    How about calling it castroization ?

    So what is currently happening in venezuela is the venezuelan castroization!!

  10. Very illuminating this information about what is currently happening in Venezuela

    http://politica.eluniversal.com/2010/01/25/pol_art_a-hugo-chavez-le-at_1736800.shtml

    “Marchamos hacia un proceso electoral que tiene aterrado al Gobierno ante la posibilidad de perder la mayoría en la Asamblea Nacional. Al mismo tiempo se está desarrollando una crisis global que se manifiesta en los ámbitos político, institucional, militar, ético y económico. Toda esa palabrería de Chávez sobre la pobreza se remite a una masa cautiva mantenida a base de misiones y de la cultura de la dádiva, que no tiene nada que ver con la justicia social, uno de cuyos principios fundamentales es la universalidad. “Yo te ayudo si te pones una camisa roja”. Eso es clientelismo político aquí y en cualquier parte del mundo. La crisis de valores se manifiesta en una corrupción que está carcomiendo al régimen luego del fracaso rotundo por parte de un gobierno inepto a la hora de administrar al país. ”

    We are going towards an electoral process that the the current government is horrify to go thru because they may loose the majority in the National Assembly.
    At the same time a Global crisis is developing in the political, institutional, military, etical and economical.

    All the words from Chavez about poverty is sent to an imprisoned mass that is maintained with the culture of giving and that has nothing to do with social justice.With has as one of the fundamental principles is that of universality.
    “I help you if you wear the red shirt” … corruption is eating up the regime now showing an inept regime unable to administer the country.

    This same words could be said of Cuba!

    The opposition in Venezuela needs to unite under one banner in the coming elections otherwise they will be doom. I wonder if the church and other organizations can help the poor stay out of Chavez vote buying! Before it gets to be the full blown Cubanization of Venezuela.

  11. Our job is to make sure the regime is not the intermediary giving the money to the Cubans because otherwise we are back to square one.
    Paternalism and dependency that is what gives power to the regime over people.
    Having them literally eating from their hands.
    Just the same that Chavez does to Venezuelan poor

    That is why in the Case of Chavez as with Fidel

    their objective from day one is to create as many poor as they need to assure they will be in power for life!

    Fidel’s case is different since he was never elected and he has kept in power by brute force.

  12. And that’s exactly what they want!! :-)
    They do not want the 50,000 bunch brash talking Yumas
    That is danger to a regime holding itself on a spider thread

    The danger is not even what they talk but the money that comes in will eventually end up in the hand of many Cubans that therefore be independent to express themselves and to maybe dare do something about it.

  13. Julio- I was previously in favor of ending the travel restrictions for US citizens, but have changed my mind. Flooding Cuba with a bunch of brash talking Yumas might have a positive effect- I always said let’s send them 50,000 Spring Breakers and see how Cuba likes That! But, as I say, I have changed my mind. Obama ended travel restrictions and limits on remisas sent to Cuba by those with relatives in Cuba. And what has Cuba done to reciprocate? A long winded diatribe by Fidel on the front page of Granma castigating Obama. It is Impossible to accomodate these Despots, Fidel and Raul! The more you Do, the more they Crow and talk the Regimes Baloney. Nothing more from the US to help the Masters continue their subjugation of the Cuban People.

  14. I think Castro is happy with the travel ban imposed by US. CIA agents could go in Cuba as tourist in thousands, gather intelligence then mastermind an uprising. You just need one spark at one of those huge rallies. This is how the Romanians threw out of their dictator from his palace. He organized a mass rally where he condemned the uprising happening in a different city ( where his secret police killed over 40 people). There were some “troublemakers” with fireworks at the rally and disturbes his speech. It is funny…go youtube Ceausescu last speech. it was live on Tv….This is how he lost it. After the rally ended ,thousands of protesters were fighting with police for 24 hours then with the “help” of some general the people won the fight.

  15. I agree Y_que that it will give money to the regime but it will also allow many Cubans to be independent economically from the regime.

    The more independent economically they are from the regime the more free they will be to express their thoughts.

  16. One wouldn’t wish the Haitian tragedy on anybody but what would be happening in Cuba today if the quake had hit Habana or Camaguey or Santiago. How would the disastrously incompetent regime have handled the situation? Would the regime have accepted US aid? Would their comrades in China, Russia and Venezuela come to their aid has they have shamefully not done to any significant degree in Haiti?

  17. The Government strategy in Cuba is to make everything needed to survive Illegal. Then All Cubans are guilty All the time. By selective enforcement the Authorities are able to imprison “anti-social” elements- see Dr. Darcy Ferrer, imprisoned and Beaten for possession of two bags of cement for which he had no Gov’t. receipt. And Julio- if you end the travel restrictions it will just be another $Billion dollar per year Windfall for the Masters to further the Repression. This is the very Last carrot in the US’s bag- we must not give it up without some positive action on the part of Cuba. Bad behavior must Never be rewarded.

  18. Igor

    I think it will be very beneficial for the US to allow Americans to travel so that they can see all this things we talk about.
    They may even get to bribe a few officials :-)

    Some may want to experience this level of exploitation on themselves. I think Andy at one time wanted to feel like a Cuban living in Cuba.

    Maybe we could setup some tours with knowledgeable tour guides that could give full explanations about how the whole system works!
    And really take tourist to the places the Cuban regime does not want people to see. Where we can still find kids without shoes and with bellies full of worm.

    As I had said it before they talk the talk by they do not walk the walk.

  19. But the regime dilemma there is that if they legalize this then they loose control over Jose Antonio, the repair man and everyone else working for them!!

    Loosing political control over these people means they will not be able to do the rallies they do (even now as it is they keep showing the same person doing the same statements ) on those “spontaneous manifestations of support for the regime” ! then imagine what it will be like if people did not depend economically from them!!!

    They know this. And that is why their preference for survival is to bring the capitalist outsiders without scruples like Mr Delaney or the other Europeans doing business with the Castro regime.

  20. At the 3 star hotel I was staying I’ve noticed that at 5 pm when most of the staff working at the hotel went home there was a security guy at the gate searching through their purses and bags. It felt like watching Schindler’s List

  21. Going back to the repair man the bar tender and everyone else that is corrupted on the way.

    How can we solve these problems?

    The solution is not to place all this people in prison.

    That is not it.

    The solution is to legalize what they do.

    Is to allow simple normal Cubans to have their own businesses!

  22. Forgot to mention that Jose Antonio to get his liquor he also had to corrupt a few other people that work on different places. So you see how the regime is allowing all this corruption to be?
    Would you believe they do not know?
    And if they know why then will they allowed it?

    It is generalized corruption at all levels.

    I can not prove this but I will say that an environment like that is something that will likely benefit the one stealing the most. That is the leader in the country.

    The lack of transparency in the Cuban regime and the lack of free press and freedom are added benefits.
    So now the leaders are able to steal left and right and nobody can see and nobody can tell!

  23. John Two

    Yes is not incompatible and the reason is that the Communist regimes in China, Vietnam and Cuba are interested in one thing above everything else.

    their own survival in power

    That is what is really incompatible with is with something all humans will want for themselves in one way or another

    FREEDOM

    Igor John Two’s explanation of Yoani’s post is correct!
    You guys are understanding now how things work in Cuba!! :-)

    Even a step further. What Yoani is saying is that the government does allow this corruption and because the repair man does not earn enough to live by he needs to find a way to solve his personal problems at all cost so he needs to steal from the state and by doing that he is also forcing Jose Antonio to steal from the state. Now
    Going even one step further. The regime knows all this is happening but does not care. Why?

    Because now they have a wonderful mechanism to control Jose Antonio and the repair man when they try to disagree with the regime!!
    This mafia like behavior of the regime is what I find most repulsive!

    Do you now get the picture Igor?

  24. Igor, let me take a stab at answering your question.

    I assume what Yoani’s neighbour did is buy cheaper liquor on the black market rather than the more expensive liquor from whatever government monopoly is set up for that purpose, and then pocketed the difference in the markup to pay for the refrigerator repair. Just another illustration of how the Cuban government shoots itself in the foot through its dysfunctional economic policies, while inadvertently contributing to the growth of an underground economy.

  25. Julio, I agree with your analysis in post #6.

    Unfortunately, countries like China and Vietnam are showing that a totalitarian political system and a capitalist economy are not incompatible. That’s why the struggle for political freedom is every bit as important as greater economic freedoms.

  26. Guys, I don’t understand something in the posting. Why does he need to bring his own liqueur to serve clients ? Julio can you shine a light on my dilemma ?

    “That night, my neighbor, who is a barman at a five star hotel, took to work several bottles of rum purchased on the black market. With these, he dispatched the first of the mojitos and tasty piña coladas that the tourists drink.”

  27. REUTERS: UPDATE 1-Venezuela students protest TV station’s suspension
    * Police fire gas as Chavez supporters clash with students

    CARACAS, Jan 25 (Reuters) -” Police used tear gas to disperse thousands of students who marched in Venezuelan cities on Monday to protest the government’s widely criticized suspension of a TV station opposed to President Hugo Chavez.

    Venezuelan cable providers, responding to government orders, stopped showing RCTV Internacional on Sunday. The station is critical of Chavez, who pushed its parent RCTV off free-access television in 2007.”

    “This is not an attack on the freedom of expression, it is an administrative sanction under the law,” Bernardo Alvarez, Venezuela’s ambassador to Washington, told Reuters. He said the suspension was not politically motivated.

    Students from universities and schools in the capital marched with their hands painted white and tried to reach the offices of the government media regulator.

    They were repelled by a small group of Chavez supporters and then chased off by police in riot gear who fired tear gas after a rock was thrown.

    In other cities some students were injured in clashes with the police and arrests were made, local media reported.”

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN2520473020100125

  28. For those of you that have not read Animal farm
    Is awesome to read the full text here

    http://www.gutenberg.net.au/ebooks01/0100011h.html

    Read this is the very end

    Mr. Pilkington, of Foxwood, had stood up, his mug in his hand. In a moment, he said, he would ask the present company to drink a toast. But before doing so, there were a few words that he felt it incumbent upon him to say.

    It was a source of great satisfaction to him, he said–and, he was sure, to all others present–to feel that a long period of mistrust and misunderstanding had now come to an end. There had been a time–not that he, or any of the present company, had shared such sentiments–but there had been a time when the respected proprietors of Animal Farm had been regarded, he would not say with hostility, but perhaps with a certain measure of misgiving, by their human neighbours. Unfortunate incidents had occurred, mistaken ideas had been current. It had been felt that the existence of a farm owned and operated by pigs was somehow abnormal and was liable to have an unsettling effect in the neighbourhood. Too many farmers had assumed, without due enquiry, that on such a farm a spirit of licence and indiscipline would prevail. They had been nervous about the effects upon their own animals, or even upon their human employees. But all such doubts were now dispelled. Today he and his friends had visited Animal Farm and inspected every inch of it with their own eyes, and what did they find? Not only the most up-to-date methods, but a discipline and an orderliness which should be an example to all farmers everywhere. He believed that he was right in saying that the lower animals on Animal Farm did more work and received less food than any animals in the county. Indeed, he and his fellow-visitors today had observed many features which they intended to introduce on their own farms immediately.

    He would end his remarks, he said, by emphasising once again the friendly feelings that subsisted, and ought to subsist, between Animal Farm and its neighbours. Between pigs and human beings there was not, and there need not be, any clash of interests whatever. Their struggles and their difficulties were one. Was not the labour problem the same everywhere? Here it became apparent that Mr. Pilkington was about to spring some carefully prepared witticism on the company, but for a moment he was too overcome by amusement to be able to utter it. After much choking, during which his various chins turned purple, he managed to get it out: “If you have your lower animals to contend with,” he said, “we have our lower classes!” This BON MOT set the table in a roar; and Mr. Pilkington once again congratulated the pigs on the low rations, the long working hours, and the general absence of pampering which he had observed on Animal Farm.

    And now, he said finally, he would ask the company to rise to their feet and make certain that their glasses were full. “Gentlemen,” concluded Mr. Pilkington, “gentlemen, I give you a toast: To the prosperity of Animal Farm!”

    There was enthusiastic cheering and stamping of feet. Napoleon was so gratified that he left his place and came round the table to clink his mug against Mr. Pilkington’s before emptying it. When the cheering had died down, Napoleon, who had remained on his feet, intimated that he too had a few words to say.

    Like all of Napoleon’s speeches, it was short and to the point. He too, he said, was happy that the period of misunderstanding was at an end. For a long time there had been rumours–circulated, he had reason to think, by some malignant enemy–that there was something subversive and even revolutionary in the outlook of himself and his colleagues. They had been credited with attempting to stir up rebellion among the animals on neighbouring farms. Nothing could be further from the truth! Their sole wish, now and in the past, was to live at peace and in normal business relations with their neighbours. This farm which he had the honour to control, he added, was a co-operative enterprise. The title-deeds, which were in his own possession, were owned by the pigs jointly.

    He did not believe, he said, that any of the old suspicions still lingered, but certain changes had been made recently in the routine of the farm which should have the effect of promoting confidence still further. Hitherto the animals on the farm had had a rather foolish custom of addressing one another as “Comrade.” This was to be suppressed. There had also been a very strange custom, whose origin was unknown, of marching every Sunday morning past a boar’s skull which was nailed to a post in the garden. This, too, would be suppressed, and the skull had already been buried. His visitors might have observed, too, the green flag which flew from the masthead. If so, they would perhaps have noted that the white hoof and horn with which it had previously been marked had now been removed. It would be a plain green flag from now onwards.

    He had only one criticism, he said, to make of Mr. Pilkington’s excellent and neighbourly speech. Mr. Pilkington had referred throughout to “Animal Farm.” He could not of course know–for he, Napoleon, was only now for the first time announcing it–that the name “Animal Farm” had been abolished. Henceforward the farm was to be known as “The Manor Farm”–which, he believed, was its correct and original name.

    “Gentlemen,” concluded Napoleon, “I will give you the same toast as before, but in a different form. Fill your glasses to the brim. Gentlemen, here is my toast: To the prosperity of The Manor Farm!”

    There was the same hearty cheering as before, and the mugs were emptied to the dregs. But as the animals outside gazed at the scene, it seemed to them that some strange thing was happening. What was it that had altered in the faces of the pigs? Clover’s old dim eyes flitted from one face to another. Some of them had five chins, some had four, some had three. But what was it that seemed to be melting and changing? Then, the applause having come to an end, the company took up their cards and continued the game that had been interrupted, and the animals crept silently away.

    But they had not gone twenty yards when they stopped short. An uproar of voices was coming from the farmhouse. They rushed back and looked through the window again. Yes, a violent quarrel was in progress. There were shoutings, bangings on the table, sharp suspicious glances, furious denials. The source of the trouble appeared to be that Napoleon and Mr. Pilkington had each played an ace of spades simultaneously.

    Twelve voices were shouting in anger, and they were all alike. No question, now, what had happened to the faces of the pigs. The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.

  29. This other part is to the kernel of what I was discussing with Macheteamor

    “Delaney’s claim appears quite correct across the company’s global divisions, but then labour disputes aren’t exactly encouraged in Cuba. According to Daniel Wilkinson of Human Rights Watch, the Castro regime has systematically repressed virtually all forms of political dissent, denying its citizens such basic human rights as freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, and the right to organize in pursuit of better wages and working conditions.”

    Since the Cuban people are not allow to have this basic freedoms by the regime. At a minimum the regime in his paternalistic role should have negotiated better wages for these Cubans working for Sherritt international. But on the other hand that is the attraction that a country like Cuba holds for the international capitalist.

    To have a subdue working force that is totally unable to protest the injustice and making the regime the allied of this level of exploitation and clearly denying that the regime is for the working class!

    This is the same type of capitalism of China and not the one I will like to see in Cuba.

    That is why is so important to have freedom back.

  30. John Two I was reading the link about Cuba’s favorite capitalist

    And found this statement from Delaney very self serving

    Delaney says, “We have to be careful we don’t induce inflation. If the average wage is $2 a day, you can’t just start hiring people for $10 an hour.”

    from

    http://www.walrusmagazine.com/articles/2009.12-business-castros-favourite-capitalist/3/

    Let me explain.
    The merchandise sold in Cuba is already inflated by the regime implicit devaluation of the Cuban peso. So Delaney statement is to justify the slavery like payments of 50 dollars a month to people working in Cuba (given that that is much better than the average salary in Cuba) it is not even a 1/10 of a salary paid in other countries.

    So not only is his company stealing resources from Cuba he is also paying Cubans the same slavery wages the regime pays to Cubans.
    If he was paying more reasonable wages then it will create pressure on the regime to pay better. Plus the regime could not charge more than what it currently charge for the products sold. Since the prices are as high as prices in Europe.

    This reminds me of the last part of Animal farm when the animals get to see the party between the pigs and the men and they could not distinguish who was the pig (an animal ) and who was the man.

    (Meaning there was no distinction between who was a communist or a capitalist they were both working for exploiting the people!)

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