Death of Fidel Castro

After 90 years on this planet Fidel Castro has died. What was his legacy?

Castro started out as a Cuban nationalist. He followed  the Soviet model with its one party police state after relations with  the United States took a turn for  the worse. Like the Soviet system a national elite ruled alone without any democratic control by the people.

The Soviet  system has collapsed and Cuba has moved to the Chinese model. In China the national elite has become personally wealthy. China has moved from a Stalinist system to a classical fascist state. Could Cuba go the same way?  The great advantage of the Chinese  model for the elite is that they have wealth and power.  The Cuban elite would like  to move in that direction too.

Socialism must be based on liberty and democracy. No matter how well meaning Castro was his political life shows us how not to liberate people.

John O Brien.

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Author: irishfabian

I am a member of the Irish Labour Party in Cork East.

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