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  •  We should be clear (1+ / 0-)
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    that Soviet communism - and Fidel opted for the Stalinist version - is a dictatorship.

    I do think that Fidel was "pushed" from an earlier socialist perspective into the arms of the Soviets - early mistakes on the part of the US, but there is no use crying over spilt milk or history.  it is what it is. Now we have to figure out what to do about it.

    what we are doing clearly isn't working

    BTW- frankly I'm a democratic socialist in my leanings these days.  :)

    Anthropologists for human diversity; opposing McCain perversity

    by Denise Oliver Velez on Sat May 24, 2008 at 11:43:22 AM PDT

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    •  There's nothing wrong with (0+ / 0-)

      Democratic Socialism, I prefer free markets, but I realize that unabashed capitalism leads to economic inequalities, and government can level the playing field, but government is not the answer to all ills.  Removing/Punishing dissent is also a major mistake of Communism.

      But as long as the governments are answerable to the will of the people Deoliver, and can be voted out of office, I find nothing wrong with government intervention.

      I guess that's why I'm a Democrat.  The best Democraatic programs are the ones that help the poor and elderly, Medicaid and Social Security

      •  I lived for a time in countries which (1+ / 0-)
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        provide health care to all citizens, day care for mothers, support to the elderly.  

        Having worked so long in poor communities here in the US - I am appalled by our infant mortality rates, levels of illiteracy, lack of elder care and child care.

        The "Welfare to Work" policies of the Clinton administration have been a disaster.  

        We have more people in prison per capita than many brutal dictatorships.  

        Don't get me wrong - this is my country - I love it, and have plenty to compare it with.  But there are things that need serious fixing here.

        I also have had the opportunity to travel throughout the Americas and the Caribbean - to "blend" in, and hear how real people on the ground view the US and its policies.  

        Anthropologists for human diversity; opposing McCain perversity

        by Denise Oliver Velez on Sat May 24, 2008 at 12:30:53 PM PDT

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        •  It's nice to hear (0+ / 0-)

          That you have spent so much tiime helping the poor and elderly Deoliver.  You don't just talk the talk, you walk the walk.

          We will all see how it turns out.  Keep writing diaries, Latin America is sadly underrepresented here.  I haven't been here too long, but I haven't read much on Latin America or Cuba.

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