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.