Thursday, September 9, 2010

Socialism in Retreat? But in Cuba, not the U. S.

Reuters reports that Fidel Castro says Cuban model no longer works.

Jeffrey Goldberg, a writer for the Atlantic Monthly magazine, wrote in a blog that he asked Castro, 84, if Cuba's model -- Soviet-style communism -- was still worth exporting to other countries and he replied, "The Cuban model doesn't even work for us anymore." . . .

Goldberg said Julia Sweig, a Cuba expert at the Council on Foreign Relations think tank in Washington who accompanied him to Havana, believed Castro's words reflected an acknowledgment that "the state has too big a role in the economic life of the country."

Given that the United States has a written Constitution and a history of a Declaration of Independence the former constraining Leviathan (viz., 10th Amendment), the latter celebrating the individual's right to liberty and to pursue happiness (all of which are antithetical to state-mandated purchase of health insurance), might the Colossus of the North wish to listen to el Comandante and do an about-face on its march toward statism?

We can only hope . . .

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