Originally Posted by FeelTheLove
The Achille's Heel of all Latin American societies is corruption. It is one of the reason's Fidel has remained in power so long (and why Americans are hated so) - Cuba prior to Fidel was so corrupt it literally became a Mafia State. Whatever else Cuba is, corruption is simply not a problem. Pemex is corrupt top to bottom, and delivers little to the Mexican people. If Venezuela can avoid that, they can enjoy the communist high life until the oil runs out. If Chavez goes the way of Peron, a leftist who became corrupt, versus the way of Fidel, an idealogue who cared little for the jet set life, he will fail.
Americans are so propagandized we do not realize that Cuba, with little money thanks to our embargoes, has become the model of a successful poverty-state to the poor all over the world. The average African or South Asian would envy the life of a Cuban. Cuba's masses have good health care, probably the best educational system in Latin America, and the average person has decent living quarters. The rest of Latin Merika, they live like rats under kleptocracies. For them, that is what capitalism is - a system that puts them in a cardboard hut while those with the guns rape the country. Communism, on the other hand, sounds like a good deal. Venezuela is recovering from that, with 60% of the population, now an electoral majority, living in squalid slums. Fidelism looks like a good deal to these people, and that is what Chavez is selling.
There is a school of thought that thinks that Communism may be good for a society in the long run. When the communists take over, they usually get rid of the societal components that are actually blocking liberal democracy. In Europe, it was the extermination of all the various fascist movements in Hungry, Romania, etc. In China, it was the extermination of the corrupt Komintang Government and its warlord system. In Vietnam, it was the corrupt traitors who aided the French and the US in colonial domination. In Cuba, it was the Mafia State. In South America, it will be the corrupt rich elite. Once these elements are removed, Communism generally collapses once society reaches a state we might call "modern", and liberal democracy and regulated capitalism can take hold.
Why can't you have an honest discussion about anything without dragging out FTLisms about how we are hated? Immigration statistics prove you wrong.
Castro has a net worth of $900 millon. Corruption and the black market ARE problems in Cuba. Cuba survived and survives because of support from the USSR and remitances from the US.
Government control of the economy = black markets and corruption.
If you are a Venezuelan and start getting a check each moth for doing nothing, you will love it. You will vote for the guy who sends it to you. Ask any democrat in the US.
It doesn't make for a healthy economy, and eventually all socialists run out of other people's money to spend.
Do we need to do anything? No.
The USSR is no longer out there trying to dominate the world and a welfare state can't compete with us.