Neoliberalism

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With the start of mass layoffs, our authorities own official propaganda apparatus has announced their worst nightmare, the day the system collapsed. The drastic measure has been justified as a part of perfecting, or actualizing, the Cuban economic model, euphemisms with which they try to mask the growing use of market rules in the functioning of the economy.

What the current government is doing is a relief to the politicians of the future; it will be they who will get to announce the beautiful part of the transition, when civil liberties and economic rights will take center stage. Contrary to how it was presented by the regime’s propagandists, the rocks against which the ship of the Revolution is crashing, with all its conquests on board, are not along the far shore where the sirens of capitalism sing, but here, in the illusion of Utopia, on this shore.

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9 thoughts on “Neoliberalism

  1. An ignorant (benevolence is not an excuse) just made a comment on my posts. Typical. I am absolute and convinced scientific pragmatist. The only thing that matters is a scientific and rational intellectual analysis that leads to a scientifically verifiable and rational conclusion.

    And to confirm that the usa is a nazist abomination, here is more on the people who ultimately finance this loser calling herself “Yoani”, and a “pragmatic democratic capitalist”:

    http://www.infowars.com/

    That, and only that is what for yoani is serving obediently her masters. And a hope they will elevate her into some higher level servant once they fuck up her homeland.

    For a fisful of dollars.

    There are prostitutes in Cuba giving themselves to foreigners.

    And there are those like Yoani who sell themselves and their own people.

    All for a fistfull of fast falling dollars.

    Unlike the retard, Gerard Clemente is a respected authority and what he says may just happen. He accurately predicted fall of Soviet Union, Oil crisis, internet bubble and this last financial crisis.

    Read more from someone who knows better than these retards here spitting their imbecile hatred for Cuba.

    http://www.trendsresearch.com/index.htm

    Not that local idiots have brains to understand te reality around them, so here’s what one of the most prominent trend researches in the usa, Gerard Clemente says: revolution in the usa. Around the 8th minute of he video:

    No iranian secret services here. Just Clemente.

  2. Yoani, William James has put an interesting comment: choosing between Utopia and Capitalism.
    I was 22 in Cluj Romania in 1990, after the Fall of communism in the Eastern Bloc.
    In Romanian the regime was very hard, at the moment of shift it hasn’t been an organized movement of “right-wing” opposition, with clear ideology for o society with liberal economy.
    As a consequence, the first 6 years the neocommunists tried to take control over the former state enterprises, privatised through coupons toward their employees.
    After that, a coalition of non-pragmatics christian-democrats and liberals took power. They privatised some important enterprises to Western holdings, but the money were not used well to develop the country’s infrastructure.
    Last 10 years were the scene for efforts of integration in the economical structures of European Union, incomplete and expensive modernization of infrastructure and weakning of the health and education system.
    So there is a great possibility to fail in a transition from communism to democracy.
    The difference is that, along the existing “nomenklatura” from Cuba, who will throw at garbage the Marxism after the end of Castro, you have a strong elite in Miami.
    The succes of democracy in Cuba will depend of the possibility of reconciliation between those now ireconciliable parties.
    Of coures, there is a component of latino-american culture as a local caractheristic that I do not understand.
    Anyway, iti is very easy for me to identify from your opponents two categories:
    1. nomenklatura, as Damir, who injuries, but has strong interests to maintain and acquire new privileges, fearing that the “gusanos” will strip them from power and privileges.
    2. the idealists, like William James, the people who will be the most affected from the future changes.

  3. Yeah, mass layoffs. Whatever. Here’s what the neoliberalism is bringing to you Yoani. The proof of the things to come soon, very soon, for all resident derechistas. Better known as cuban mafia from the slums of Miami, misguided and confused “Yoani” included:

    http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/texassouthwest/stories/DN-broden_22tex.ART0.State.Edition1.33278a9.html

    The real revolution is near. Can you feel the tremors already? It is Broden who is saying openly that the armed revolution is being considered among the republicans (derechistas putas de perros).

    More here, directly from within the White House:

    http://www.presstv.ir/detail/147724.html

    Both news channels are a lot more serious than the Huffington Post that feeds this abomination called “Yoani”.

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  5. RADIO FREE EUROPE: Interview: Cuban Dissident Says Change Is Coming Whether Regime Wants It Or Not – Jose Luis Garcia Paneque was in prison for seven years-October 17, 2010

    When Cuban dissident and independent journalist Jose Luis Garcia Paneque was released from prison in July he weighed only 48 kilograms. After being incarcerated for seven years, he was one of the 52 political prisoners the Cuban government agreed to release in early July through a deal brokered between Spain and the Roman Catholic Church. Now living in Spain, he continues to suffer from a chronic intestinal illness.

    Paneque was in Prague earlier this week to speak at Forum 2000, an annual gathering of Nobel laureates, dissidents, and human rights activists. He spoke to RFE/RL correspondents Courtney Rose Brooks and Golnaz Esfandiari about life as a dissident, Cuba’s future, and the bewildering choice of rice in Spain.

    RFE/RL: You were in prison in Cuba for seven years, and were released in July, and since then have been living in exile in Spain. How does it feel to be free, and to be living in a country like Spain after spending your whole life in such a closed society?

    Jose Luis Garcia Paneque: Look, mankind is born free, but not everyone is allowed to be free. In reality, for me to recover my freedom feels very good, but I can’t tell you that I am happy, or that I have triumphed. No one who lacks freedom or the ability to vote in their country can feel content or happy, or feel pleasure, or say that “I have triumphed. I am free, I am free,” no. In reality, although we are no longer under pressure, it is not welcome, and therefore we can’t sing, triumph, or say that we have earned anything. We were simply deported to another country, we were sent to Spain, we were put here in this new year. There is work here to continue fighting for the liberation of my country, for democratic changes on the island.

    RFE/RL: During your time spent in prison you were in solitary confinement for 17 months. What was it like? What was the most difficult experience you had in jail?

    Paneque: The pressure scarred us, and really, all the moments in prison were hard, but the time spent in silence was much harder. They confined us to isolation cells. This was a system of punishment where you lose all links of social interaction. When a person no longer has those bonds they come apart in a vicious cycle. It’s as if time doesn’t exist. This devastates the bodies of human beings. But I have to carry this cross, and I am actually also very proud of that.

    Really, I feel proud of what I have done, because the pressure is gone, I don’t feel any shame, and I feel content. What is more, I give the most thanks to God because I am free from prison. Today I have been able to come to Europe without hate or resentment. I haven’t come here because I hate my country; completely the opposite. I have come to Spain — I have come to Europe — to request solidarity. I have come to Europe so that people will listen to me, so that they will know of the suffering of more than 11 million Cubans who have been drowning in a dictatorship for more than 51 years. Really, this is what hasn’t changed; [my wish] for peaceful lives, for democratic lives.

    RFE/RL: You were sentenced to 24 years in jail after being arrested for publishing a magazine. Could you elaborate on your arrest and the charges against you?

    Paneque: We were the most visible. We put ourselves in a position of being antiestablishment; we made ourselves the opposition to the regime that governs my country. I was an alternative journalist. I was part of a group, an association of independent journalists that’s called the Manuel Marquez Sterling Journalists’ Association. We published a magazine within Cuba, and the magazine was called “De Cuba.” We managed to publish first, within Cuba, three issues. By the time the third issue came out we had already been arrested. This was the primary reason for us going to prison, for our position against the regime. For opposing it; nothing else.

    RFE/RL: After spending your entire life in Cuba, where food and other goods are rationed, what was it like transitioning to being surrounded by the relative abundance in Spain?

    Paneque: We went to a market, and honestly, for me it was really shocking. I’m going to give you an example. Just imagine, we went to the aisle for dairy products, and I had to choose milk. I had to choose between more than 10 different kinds of milk. In Cuba, this is not a problem. In Cuba, they made only one [kind of milk], in a bottle, and when children turn seven years old they stop giving it to them. Here, for me, it was a big problem, to have to choose milk — if it is full-fat or skim, or soy, or, I don’t know, there are so many things that it’s impossible.

    You know Cubans are great consumers of rice. It’s the staple of the Cuban diet. The same rice, two times a day, at lunch and at dinner; that is what we do in Cuba. And really, to arrive here, and look at, I don’t know, 15 or 20 different kinds of rice and say, okay, which is the one? In Cuba this is also not a problem. In Cuba it’s a little bit bigger, or in little balls, or it’s more or less sticky. [It can be] rice that is cultivated in Cuba, or imported and brought from China. But here it’s more complicated. Here you must choose between the different brands. Look, I can tell you, when I finished with this task, I had a headache and I told the person that accompanied me: I’m finished with this because I don’t know how to do this. Really. And still, I don’t go to the store. I don’t go. Because honestly, it hurts me.

    Life Under Raul

    RFE/RL: What is your view on the trade embargo the United States has enforced on Cuba? Would you like to see more pressure, or the removal of some or all of the restrictions?

    Paneque: Cuba’s problem is neither the U.S. embargo nor its relations with Europe. We need the relations we have with Europe because the idea is to put pressure on the regime, not on the Cuban people. [Pressure] on the regime so that it begins to make democratic changes, so that it begins to bring about structural changes to the country. The structural changes mean transforming to a democracy, to having free elections, being free from pressure, [allowing] freedom of association so that the political parties can function, so that civil society can express itself freely, and [freedom of expression] among Cubans. But by Cubans I mean Cubans on the island as well as Cubans like me who are in the diaspora, because I am still Cuban and the moment that the island changes and lets me return, I would return and would help in any way I can.

    RFE/RL: The Cuban government recently decided to lay off 500,000 state employees in order to cut costs and restructure the economy to allow more people to work in the private sector. What do you think of this move?

    Paneque: Look, this is a shame. This is a shame. Really, after 51 years of a regime that says it will offer more than a million jobs in the labor force, employed [by the state] — the only employer. Look, the government is the employer. The employer and the judge. If only the whole world knew. When [the government says] one person is missing [a salary] there are really four [people missing their salaries]. They are distributing the salary of this person among four people. Therefore, no one works, no one produces anything, the productivity is in the dirt. We have a saying: Cubans pretend to work and the government pretends to pay them. When a Cuban goes to work, it is to see if he can to steal something. This is what you are seeing. It is always like this in times of crisis. It isn’t the first time they have done it, and it is the first time we are seeing them let go of some office [governmental] professionals.

    RFE/RL: Have there been any major changes in Cuba since Raul Castro became president in 2003?

    Paneque: It’s a very difficult situation. It’s very hard when a dictator is still living, and there is also a successor. Raul Castro is not really president, and Fidel Castro is not yet really ex-president. To put it simply, this creates a totalitarian system governed by the [Communist] Party structure. And supporting it is a system that disseminates information based on the state’s own interests and security. And you saw the result of this over the last few months. This is a sign that Raul Castro is not the true president and Fidel Castro is not the ex-president. Each time, in fact, they make it appear that we have more control in society than we actually do…. Remember that in Cuba the culture of fear prevails. [It is] a chronic situation for more than 51 years. There is not a single Cuban that doesn’t feel like there are police following them, including here in Spain. I see them, I feel that they are still there, and it will be years before we stop looking over our shoulders before talking, because we are afraid.

    RFE/RL: To what extent are young people in Cuba politically active? We have both been to Cuba, and we got the feeling that economic survival is the main focus of youths’ lives.
    Paneque: Look, the youth have always been part of the changes in every country. The recent appearance of Fidel Castro on the staircase in the University of Havana [in full military dress] is a clear sign of this, that he is worried about the students. The students were having in that moment a small debate within the university, which was rebellious, and something very interesting happened. Ricardo Alarcon, the president of the Cuban parliament, went to the next debate, at the university’s information sciences. He was about to leave but the students stopped him and asked him why there was no freedom to travel, why there was no freedom to demonstrate. They wouldn’t leave him alone. And well, it cost some students their positions, but it was worth it to take the risk.

    RFE/RL: What do you think Cuba will look like in 10 years?

    Paneque: Look, you can’t say when the changes are going to come, but they’re coming whether or not the regime wants them to. They will come. Now we can’t deny them. The changes are the responsibility of the Cuban people. I speak of Cuba to you and all of Cuban civil society, all those who are inside it as well as those who are outside, but, really, we still need [help] — we ask the international community for help, to keep supporting us. I believe that Europe is doing this very well and I believe that North America, at this moment, is in a very constructive position.

    It depends on the Cubans to decide what kind of society we want. We have programs that work, but we don’t want to support the regime. We [also] don’t want abrupt changes in Cuba. We don’t want a violent change. We want a democratic change, because [otherwise] we are running the risk of a violent change that brings a new dictator — with generals controlling the government. What we want is a real democracy. It would be a great fatality for the Cubans, and it would also be our responsibility, as Cubans. We would seize it. We would seize it ourselves for the future of our children.

    http://www.rferl.org/content/Interview_Cuban_Dissident_Says_Change_Is_Coming_Whether_Regime_Wants_It_Or_Not/2192938.html

  6. Yoani, must the ship of Revolution lose all its conquests when it crashes? Must Cuba choose between “the sirens of capitalism” and “the illusion of Utopia”? Odysseus escaped both Scylla and Charybdis. Can Cuba?

  7. A recent Radio Canada TV documentary on the changes showed people speaking out openly in criticism. My sense is that we are nearing the end of the age of fear and coercion, and there are big changes ahead. But the example of the collapse of other dogmatically marxist states does not bode well. None of my Cuban friends are sanguine.

  8. MESSAGE TO STUPID AMERICAN SOCIALISTS AND COMUNISTS
    (Including a superidiot who defend Daniel Ortega’s rapes on own child of name )
    William Grigsby http://www.axisoflogic.com/artman/publish/Article_29453.shtml

    Were’nt socialism highly superior to all other economical systems?
    It is still possible that American looser believe socialism and comunism should be solve American people’s problems? Honestly, I do not believe wild liberalism should be better, please read my essay in Spanish at
    http://www.ipaebooks.org and monografias.com/trabajos81/teoria-racionalista-micro-y-macro-economia…
    If you reading this have any contact to Obama’s geniuses, please tell them to read it, as this should be a solution to stop savage liberalism and putting a lite order in the financial system, and at the same time recapitalizating people of lower incomes. How? Please, read it.
    Regards
    Carlos

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