Are there things that Cuba and Venezuela
do that are worth of criticism? Of course. Have they done things that we wouldn’t
want them to do, that a decent society shouldn’t do? You betcha.
They are not perfect. They are not the solution to the human problem. And they
make mistakes, sometimes big ones, and they make people suffer. All true. All
true. But you are no way going to undo two to three centuries of capitalist
inequality deeply ingrained in the consciousness of your people by making a
social change that has no blemishes, has no failures, has no cruelties. That’s not
gonna happen. We might wish it, and I certainly do, and we might say it’s
important to point out the mistakes that the Cubans and the Venezuelans have made
and are making. Fair enough. But once you understand the context you
will understand that the big problem facing Latin America is not Cuba and not
Venezuela. Neither of their regimes. They don’t even have the history to justify
it. The history is on the side of saying the big problem of the economic
backwardness, inequality and instability of Latin America, there the credit
belongs where the credit is due: it’s the capitalist system that has
produced and reproduced their poverty, their misery, their inequality. If that
isn’t dealt with you are going to have one revolution after another as we have
already seen. The future will be as the past has been. And will the United States
each time be entering and trying to stop and control what in the end will win: the
demand of people for an economic system that does not perform in the future as
it has in the past? The overwhelming majority of people of in
Latin America want out of a system that has brought them the kind of suffering,
the kind of inequality that is in fact behind the migration of people north to
the United States because the conditions where they are are unbearable. That too
is a product of a capitalist system brought to Latin America and South
America by Europeans, left there managed now by their own elites, their wealthy
elites. This is not a sustainable situation and finding fault with Cuba
and Venezuela for how they have managed to get out of this situation is an
inappropriate cheap shot that doesn’t belong if you understand the economics
of that part of the world.

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