Monday, January 07, 2008

Death of Michael Moore's Dystopia

Has the pending leadership change in Cuba been mentioned by any presidential candidates? Whether or not this topic has received fair consideration will not change the fact that Castro is out and a new era in Cuba is about to begin. Better still, the US is positioned to control every step of the transition -- if our next president chooses. The US can take steps to flood the island with prosperity, turning Cuba from a prison to an oasis. Or the US can step back and allow Cuba to remain an island prison.

If we end the embargo, we will initiate a boom in the Caribbean.

Cuba's Transition Begins

Without a hint of irony, Fidel Castro asserted twice last month in columns in Cuba's Granma newspaper, that he is not one "to cling to power." The truth is that few world leaders in modern times have ruled as long as he has. On New Year's Day he began the 50th year of his dictatorship.

But now, at the age of 81, handicapped and incapable of providing coherent leadership, the end of his historic reign is imminent. He has not been seen in public for more than 17 months after ceding authority "provisionally" to his brother Raúl, Cuba's defense minister.

So it seems all but certain that, voluntarily or not, he'll vacate the Cuban presidency early this year, though he may symbolically hold onto some new, wholly honorific title.

The transition at the top will probably set in motion cascading reassignments of civilian and military officials. Raúl Castro will call the shots, but mostly from behind the scenes. And at the age of 76, with many years of hard drinking under his belt, he is probably viewed by most in the leadership as a transitional figure, better to be courted than challenged.

Raúl's style guarantees that Cuba will be governed differently. He'll rule more collegially than his brother, consulting trusted subordinates and delegating more.

On his watch, Raúl has broken some previously sacred crockery as well. He has admitted that Cuba's many problems are systemic. In his disarmingly accurate view, it is not the American embargo or "imperialism" that are the cause of problems on the island, as his brother always insisted, but rather the regime's own mistakes and mindsets.

By acknowledging state failures, Raúl is playing with fire, and if the lid is going to be kept on, those challenging the regime have to pay a price. As to his own future, in the leadership realignments he plans, he will probably move up one rank and assume command of the Communist Party as first secretary.

In an address last July dedicated primarily to massive failures in agriculture, Raúl called for "structural and conceptual" change. Given his past sympathetic references to the laws of supply and demand, his advocacy of liberalizing economic reforms in the 1990s, and the many for-profit enterprises his military officers have been encouraged to run, he probably plans to introduce market incentives in the countryside. That might prove the first step toward adopting something akin to the Chinese or Vietnamese economic development models.

After nearly a half century of Fidel's suffocating control, the transition will be daunting. His successors are inheriting a bankrupt and broken system, a profoundly disgruntled populace, and acute economic problems. The worst of these are the dysfunctional public transportation and agricultural sectors, a housing shortage, decrepit infrastructure, unemployment and the widening gap in living standards between Cubans with access to hard currency and the more numerous poor who must subsist on worthless pesos.


Anonymous myron johnson said...

Approximately 5 million of the world's 13 million Jews live in the United States! Any everyone knows that they run the complete banking system in the USA!

"They're real crafty. Listen, they are hated all over the world, so they've got to be crafty. They've got a lot of power in this world, you know what I mean? Which I think is great. I don't think there's nothing wrong with it. If you look in most professional sports, they're run by Jewish people. If you look at a lot of most successful corporations and stuff, more businesses, they're run by Jewish [people]."

Here is the proof: in the latest issue of Commentary magazine, there was a wide-ranging article by Charles Murray, one of the authors of "The Bell Curve," which sparked a controversy due to its claim that Blacks in America are less intelligent than Whites and Asians and identified the roots of "Jewish Genius" in processes that began even before the Jews entered the Diaspora.

11:38 AM  
Anonymous myron johnson said...

Hess’s thesis was that present-day society was a “huckster world”, a “social animal-world”, in which people become fully developed “egoists”, beasts of prey and bloodsuckers. “The Jews”, wrote the father of Zionism, “who in the natural history of the social animal-world had the world-historic mission of developing the beast of prey out of humanity have now finally completed their mission’s work.” It was in the “Judeo-Christian huckster world” that “the mystery of the blood of Christ, like the mystery of the ancient Jewish blood-worship, finally appears quite unmasked as the mystery of the beast of prey.” There is more verbiage, going back to the “blood-cult” of ancient Judaism as the prototype of modern society, and on to a condemnation of priests as the “hyenas of the social animal-world” who are as bad as the other animal-people by virtue of their “common quality as beasts of prey, as bloodsuckers, as Jews, as financial wolves”.

11:41 AM  
Anonymous myron johnson said...

If you have lost your assured a Jew now owns it!! ( or a Jewish run bank!)

11:42 AM  
Anonymous myron johnson said...

It is common knowledge that officials , already in the middle of the eighteenth century,knew the useful and progressive function of the Jews in the development of commerce and industry, which tended to transform the still seminatural-economy state into a modern money- and credit-economy state. The princes summoned Jews to their courts in order to carry out the financing of their provinces independently of the Estates, in order to obtain moneys for raising and maintaining their armies, and to make possible the operation of new businesses. In this way was formed a small rich and politically privileged upper stratum within the Jewish population. Jewish court agents, bankers, and army contractors assumed an important position in finance, in commerce and in the industry of the mercantilist-oriented states. When the economic upswing set in after the Napoleonic war Jews found themselves in an advantageous position because they had large amounts of liquid capital at their disposal.

In the course of time arose a new but also not numerous group of Jews who became well-to-do through the new economic development. Unhindered by old traditions and guild regulations, they quickly adopted the methods of the modern credit system and stock speculation. They understood how to turn out large quantities of goods produced in the new factories for the market, got in position to get state loans, and participated in railroad construction and built factories.

In that way the real security of the Governments essentially depended on their usefulness to and on the good will of the Jews

11:47 AM  
Anonymous myron johnson said...

The jews are trying to rule the world and it is recognized by everyone.

In continuing his definition of anti-Semitism, the Honorable Louis Farrakhan wrote in the February 16, 1994 edition of The Final Call: "The ADL, moreover, uses the term 'anti-Semitism' to stifle all criticism of Zionism and the Zionist policies of the State of Israel and also to stifle all legitimate criticism of the errant behavior of some Jewish people toward the non-Jewish population of the earth. They do not want a standard to be raised by which their actions can be properly judged.

"The Anti-Defamation League uses this term 'anti-Semitism' to hold Jews above all criticism. They also use this term to try to force all whom they charge with anti-Semitism to bow to their will."

11:53 AM  

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