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My 44 oranges and why socialism does not work

Dear John Goodrich I decided to answer this call

“I’d like those who think that socialism can’t work to explain that to me.”
and will focus specifically on this statement you made
“The fact is that there is enough of everything in the world for every human being to be afforded a decent and fulfilling life. The ONLY reason billions are denied that decent life is that we use capitalism as the means of distribution and not human need.”

I was trying to follow your logic about equal distribution to see how that will work now.For example I went to FAO web site


http://faostat.fao.org/site/567/DesktopDefault.aspx?PageID=567#ancor

to get the total number of oranges produced let us say for example in 2009. The number of tons of oranges produced in that year for the whole world was about 67601635 tons. Now assuming and average weight of 200 gram per orange there should be about 4535.92 oranges in a ton. So that makes the total of oranges produced in the whole world in 2009 to be about 3.06636*10^11. Hope you can understand scientific notation. Anyways, if we divide that number by the number of inhabitant on earth right now (presumably more that were in 2009) then we arrive to the quantity of 44.4332 oranges per person on earth.
So far so good. But here is the problem I have with your theory of equal distribution and socialism being better than capitalism. I choose oranges on purpose because is a crop that cuba produces.Unlike you I lived in Cuba for 26 years and I have practical knowledge about what is to live in Cuba and I can tell you that I never ate 44 oranges in any single year. not even 10 oranges a year in fact maybe some years I did not eat any. Because the Cuban regime exported all of them and when we were able to get a hold of some oranges usually they will be in very bad condition probably something they will not be able to sell to any other country because their people will never purchased such substandard and low quality product.
So is this the socialism you are trying to implement all over the world? One that does not care about their own citizens? Is this the equality you talk about?
I could choose other crops that are not as abundant as oranges or products and then the numbers of those products per person on earth will really get to be infinitesimal numbers. (Very very small numbers).
So you see John your theory of equal distribution does not really work for everyone on earth since some will be left with nothing. Do you know what they do in Cuba in such cases?They have priority grouping. The elite of the country gets first pick. That means they get the best doctors and medical care possible. They get the best food available in the country and so on. They have access to all the information and full access to internet etc. I could go on. They have their own cars even their children may enjoy much better status compare to normal cubans. Hey that does not look to me like the equality you were talking about. It looks to me like they replace money for power. So those in power are the new bourgeoisie with all kinds of privileges. To belong to this special class you need to be a supporter of their ideology. You need to be a supporter of those that hold the power and this have to be unconditional support. You will be ordered and you can not be critical. So you see John things are not so beautiful any more. This people are even worst that the bourgeoisie that you detest. Because they do not want people even dissenting. You could end up in prison when that happens.
So I hope that my words reach you John. I hope they could touch you and help you understand in some way  that socialism and communism are not the solution. Capitalism maybe bad but it is infinitely better as economical system than socialism ever was. Socialism have also being by design invariably link to totalitarian and authoritarian systems. Some say that it is imposible to have socialism without a totalitarian system in place. I guess we will never know.

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Yoani Sanchez

My digital painting of Yoani Sanchez. Done using Adobe Photoshop and a Wacom tablet.

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Freedom beautiful freedom!

Here is a performance in Cuba. Yoani Sanchez and many others use a minute to express freely

 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVV1Q6qT8Kk

What follows is a translation of what Yoani Sanchez said.

Cuba is an island surrounded by sea and is also an island surrounded by censorship. Some of the information control and especially the Internet have opened up some cracks with blogs. In the wake of alternative blogosphere and is known to a good part of the Cuban population. We are a … accentuate the awakening of public opinion.

The authorities consider the technology as a wild horse to be tame. The independent bloggers want to run freely. Difficulties in disseminating our sites are many. Passed from hand to hand and thanks to flash memory, CDs, the obsolete diskettes the content of the blogs  goes through the island.

Internet is becoming a public forum of discussion where the Cubans are writing opinions. The real island is starting to be a virtual island that is more democratic and more pluralistic. Unfortunately these winds of free expression in the Internet have only just started to show up in our watchful reality.
Let us not wait for the authorization to enter the internet. To have a blog or to write an opinion.

It is time to jump the wall of control.

See this blog post by Yoani

http://desdecuba.com/generationy/?p=472

and this other blog post by Claudia

http://octavocercoen.blogspot.com/2009/03/one-minute-of-freedom-per-person.html

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L’État c’est Moi (I am the State).

” Le Roi Soleil or the Sun King, Louis believed in the Divine Right of Kings” that is a fragment of Wikipedia’s entry for Louis XIV of France.

He was considered the archetypal absolute monarch of early modern Europe. World history has a way of recycling old cliches and old phrases acquired a new dressing and are rediscover or reinvented and rephrase.

 

larevolucionsoyyo

I am the revolution

 

 

Just as in France, King Luis came to signified the epitome of absolutism so is in Cuba Fidel Castro in modern days a symbol of absolute and ruthless power. He also as manifested in one of his last reflexion unequivocally that the “honey of power” belongs to him. It is his divine right because he had sacrificed to get it!

“La miel del poder por el cual no conocieron sacrificio alguno, despertó en ellos ambiciones que los condujeron a un papel indigno. El enemigo externo se llenó de ilusiones con ellos.”

“The honey of power for which they had made no sacrifice awoke in them ambitions that led them to an unworthy role. The external enemy was filled with illusions about them.”

This evoke images of conquest of stealing of usurpation, of power, of corruption! and link that to the above image of the poster in red and blue “I am the revolution” gets my thoughts to remember French absolutism.

Must we all humans learn the same lessons over and over again?

It will be nice if people could assimilate lessons from other people’s history but unfortunately it does not happen that way. We are bound to repeat someone else’s error to follow some else’s steps and to draw new lessons.

Let Cuba be a warning to all those who love freedom. A poster case to show the dangers of modern absolute power. None should have the right to rule everyone else with absolute power.

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Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa.

 

castrohoneyA few days after the earthquake in Cuba’s executive mansion, we are still feeling the aftershocks.

Carlos Lage Davila (Vice President of the Council of State of Cuba) and Felipe Perez Roque (the foreign minister of the Republic of Cuba) both wrote letters recognizing errors and renouncing to positions in the central committee of the Cuban communist party and national assembly (legislature).

This improvised mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa. Looks more like the result of a request by the head of the government, a request like “I am going to make you an offer you can’t refuse”. (Right, from the movie”the Godfather”).

Many people believe that the reason for the elimination had to do more with them getting too dangerously close to Fidel Castros’s jar of honey ( The honey of power).

 

 

 

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Site of Blogger Yoani Sanchez is down.

The site of Cuban Blogger Yoani Sanchez is down

We get this 

 

yoanisitedownThe last two post in our blog reproduce the last post from her site regarding the current changes in Cuban goverment.

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Fidgeting on Mount Olympus.

yoani3Yoani’s site generationy seems to be down fortunatelly I have a copy of her post

so people can  read here while the site is down.

 

“Yesterday, with my lunch half eaten, a friend called to ask if I had seen the 1:00 pm news. No, I never chew while watching this type of program, it’s fatal to the digestion. Mixing red beans with the announcement of the changes in the Council of State and Ministers, would have resulted in a mortar of incalculable consequences. Even so, it bothered me to have missed the news and to find out—in bits and pieces—the changes that happened up there. The “official notice,” published in the newspaper Granma, is long and full of language that puts me to sleep. In short, various ministers and members of the Council of State have been replaced; this fall from grace has been rumored, even in the streets, for some months. It didn’t even surprise me that one of the replacements, Carlos Valenciaga, was not mentioned, or that the military uniforms ended up with a greater presence at the highest level of the administration. People are trying to find, in these changes, the depth and wisdom of a game of chess, but to me it seems like a game of “blind man’s bluff.” I don’t believe the wished-for and necessary reforms that people were waiting for, were to have new ministers installed. If the intention was to stimulate progressive measures, no functionary in charge of a ministry could have slowed them down. The intention, however, has been to delay the changes, to dull them, to buy time in the game of politics, while we lose months and months of time in our lives. Who will convince Marcos, who already has GPS for crossing the Straits of Florida, that the new ministers will pave the way to enable him to fulfill his dreams in his own country?vehicle1  The announcement yesterday did not shorten the long lines to get a new nationality in front of the Spanish Embassy, nor the number of young girls who offer their bodies in exchange for a way out of here. Calling the new chancellor Bruno instead of Felipe has little influence on the degree of hopelessness. Changing the instruments doesn’t mean much, if the symphony being performed, and the director of the orchestra, are the same as before.”

 

The picture’s caption reads

“The unstoppable vehicle of change”

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