If Communism Is The Answer, Why Doesn’t Cuba Work?

Cuba is changing their social contract:

Most Cubans have not paid taxes for half a century, but that will change under a new code starting January 1.

The landmark regulations will change the relations of Cubans with their government and are a signal that market-oriented reforms, launched since President Raul Castro succeeded his brother, Fidel Castro, in 2008, are here to stay.

The recently published code constitutes the first comprehensive taxation in Cuba since the 1959 revolution abolished just about all taxes.

In the 1990s after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the country’s main benefactor, the Cuban government imposed a few scattered taxes, but mostly preferred to maintain low wages so it could fund free social services.

The government’s free market reforms introduced over the last two years, are designed to encourage small businesses, private farming and individual initiative, along with plans to pay state workers more. Under the new tax code the state hopes to get its share of the proceeds.

The government also envisions replacing subsidies for all with targeted welfare, meaning that the largely tax-free life under a paternalistic government is on its way out.

When Communist China, Russia (the USSR) and Cuba all hit the rocks, where did they turn?


Why the Hell are we going the other way?

12 thoughts on “If Communism Is The Answer, Why Doesn’t Cuba Work?

  1. Why the Hell are we going the other way?

    Because, in all the countries you list, the tyrants already seized control. In ours, they are still trying to accomplish that task. Once they do, they will follow the fascist path that Cuba, China and Russia are on now. Watch, you’ll see. 😦

  2. The Demo’s (Liberals/ Progressives/ Socialist/ Commies) answer is always the same thing — the “right people” are running it (by “right” I of course mean the correct Marxist/ Liberals. etc.). I’m convinced Liberalism is a disease of the mind (not covered by obamacare) which is like cirrhosis of liver. They refuse to see facts in front of them. Honestly, they care how destructive THEIR policies are — only that they can control the people with them.

  3. utah posted this on another thread:

    ” . . . must keep a little capitalism going because his communism won’t generate the money he needs to hold on to power by handing out free stuff via redistributive policies.”

    I believe this why Cuba, Russia, China, North Vietnam, and other communist (Marxist) countries moved away from true communism. They found out redistribution of free stuff cannot sustain an economy. They all needed “a little capitalism” to generate funds. Equalization (of the people) through redistribution, as a social policy, will never work. It’s has been tried time and again, and failed.

  4. Capitalism is the natural state of man. It always appears, even under the most repressive regimes.
    But the fact that Cuba is still under Castro control, over 50 years after the revolution, puts the lie to it not working. It may work like the engine on the African Queen, but it is functioning, and that is with crippling sanctions and embargoes imposed on the country for decades. Remember, Cuba has a lower infant death rate than the US, and a longer life expectancy.

    • I guess then, it’s all in how you define “working”. Russia changed, China changed, North Vietnam changed, and yes, even Cuba has changed as Fidel’s hold has relaxed, and all have embraced a more active role in captialism. The idea that the government, through policy of distribution (or redistribution) of wealth to make everyone economically equal, simply doesn’t work – or as you point out – like the steam engine on the African Queen, is hitting on one cylinder.

      • Actually, the embargo cemented Castro’s hold on Cuba, as the people felt they were the target as much as Fidel, and it provided an excuse for rationing

        • I’ll buy that. It gave the people a common cause to believe in and they accepted rationing, but that’s changing. Also, with the island and it’s territorial waters being used for drug distribution points to the USA, they have quite the profitable cottage industry going. Their economy almost completely collapsed when the USSR collapsed. The good part is the island is not over populated and they are primarily self-sufficient, therefore it doesn’t take a lot of personal income to survive. Not a bad life if that’s what you’re looking for. Besides, they have the market cornered on 1950’s American-built autos that are still running.

    • It has survived with the underground efforts of the Puerto Riccan cartels, and others Greg. Mob money is powerful, and they do well off the backs of the oppressed Cubans. Just saying.

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