The unelected communist dictatorship of Cuba
- like North Korea
and the Soviet bloc behind the Berlin Wall
- a prison state whose citizens are forbidden
to leave the country.
The communist dictatorship
denies free speech,
political opposition, and
freedom of religion.
It has wrecked Cuba's economy,
and has killed 70,000 people so far,
by executions, camps,
and the deaths of refugees (boat people) trying to escape.
Communism has been a failure and it is time for Cuba to abandon it
democracy, free speech,
and freedom of religion.
How Castro's revolution failed Cuba:
The black line shows the stagnation of the GDP per capita of Cuba
since the Cuban Revolution of 1959.
GDP per capita was
(1990 $) 2,067 in 1959,
(1990 $) 1,926 in 1995.
Cuba was even poorer in 1995 than it was in 1959.
The blue line shows the growth of the world's average GDP per capita over that time
(not even the best countries in the world, just the whole world).
Stats from Angus Maddison.
Why Havana Had to Die
by Theodore Dalrymple, Summer 2002.
- "Fidel Castro is no
eighteenth-century English gentleman, and Havana is not his private estate
The ruins of Havana that he has brought into being are, in fact, the habitation of over 1
million people, whose collective will, these ruins attest, is not equal in power to the will of one man."
about Cuba's health and education systems:
"Who, in their right minds, would want to risk being eaten by sharks
in order to get away from first-class health-care
Go Live There, Then
- Tim Blair, August 29, 2003, on leftist idiots' support for Cuba.
He is responding to the credulous British Labour MP Brian Wilson.
believes everything Cuba showed him for his propaganda film
Sicko in 2007.
believes everything a
closed communist dictatorship
with no free press
This clip on
adds the basic scepticism that
(and that the Cuban media lacks).
The unfeeling, malevolent clown
mocks the idea that Elian's mother
wanted to live in freedom:
"You are being told that your mother died trying to bring you to freedom.
I am so sorry to have to tell you, that's not true.
The truth is your mother and her boyfriend snatched you and put you on that death boat
because they simply wanted to make more money.
your mother placed you in a situation where you were certain to die on the open seas (as most of the rest did) and that is unconscionable. It was the ultimate form of child abuse".
It's not often that one gets to see
a smug, well-fed
make fun of a desperate poor person.
Still Useful, and Idiotic,
John Derbyshire, May 1, 2000,
on Michael Moore.
He points out that Moore is fool enough to believe
Cuban government statistics
on literacy and infant mortality.
Obama resumed US relations with Cuba in 2014,
even though it was still a communist dictatorship.
Raúl Castro was still President.
And, to add insult to injury, Fidel Castro was still alive.
Dumbass American President visits communist Cuba, Mar 2016, and tells them they are great.
From Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.
On his March 2016 visit,
Obama thanks the dictatorship of Cuba for criticising the democracy of America.
"President Castro, I think, has pointed out that in his view making sure everybody’s getting a decent education or health care,
has basic security in old age, that those things are human rights as well.
I personally would not disagree with that.
I actually welcome President Castro commenting on some of the areas where he feels we're falling short
because I think we should not be immune or afraid of criticism or discussion".
What is wrong with Americans that they voted for this guy?
supports the Book of Condolence:
"Good to hear @LordMayorDublin opening book of condolence for Fidel Castro.
Cuba is a better place for him
& Ireland has good relations with it."
Cuban exiles in Miami celebrate Castro's death, Nov 2016.
"Cuba Sí! Castro No!"
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"we must follow the road of liberation even though it may cost millions of atomic war victims."
- Che Guevara, 1962.
"The trial had taken place at the height of the Cuban [missile] crisis and under the atmosphere of the threat of
a third world war. Unquestionably my sympathies lay with Cuba. The rise of the first Socialist State
in the western hemisphere, the revolutionary means whereby Fidel Castro had seized power, the
rapid improvement in the living standards and conditions of the people within the first few years of
a socialist society, Castro and his people's unequivocal opposition to colonialism and their full
support for the liberation movements, had made a favourable and lasting impact throughout the
world. The ability of a new and small state to defend its interests and its independence, to repulse
repeated attempts by the mighty USA to destroy it, not only shows the popularity of Fidel Castro and
his government, but demonstrates in no uncertain terms the superiority of socialism over capitalism."
- Communist tosser Nelson Mandela
of his book
Long Walk to Freedom (1995).
"So long as there is a single rock in all the world's oceans without socialism,
there will be boat people."
- Jean-Francois Revel
sums up Cuba
and North Korea, East Berlin, and all the other socialist hellholes).
Who I block on Twitter:
I will debate almost anyone.
I love ideas.
I will not debate (and will block) people who:
(a) target my job,
(b) target my appearance, or:
(c) libel me.
Also, since 2016, abusive reporting has become a thing.
I was targeted with abusive reporting by
an Israel-hater pretending to be "Jewish".
So I now also block:
(d) any account that even hints that it reports its enemies,
(e) any Israel-hater that claims to be Jewish.
It is just self-defence.