Kristian Niemietz writes for CapX
This week, John McDonnell gave a speech at a “Garden Party for Cuba”, proclaiming them socialist comrades, despite two weeks ago suggesting Cuba, Venezuela, and the former Soviet Union were “never socialism”.
Kristian notes that while most socialist experiments go through three stages in the West – the honeymoon period, the angry defensiveness, and the retroactive disowning – Cuba is stuck somewhere between stages two and three.
While Cuba’s ‘improvements’ under socialism are praised, those doing so ignore that fact that Cuba was relatively highly developed before Castro and when compared to neighbours like Costa Rica or Uruguay, the best that can be said is that Cuban socialism “did not reserve or choke off the [existing] social progress”.
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