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  •  wow, you can read it in the US! (4+ / 0-)
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    Heh, so much for trying to blockade "commie propaganda" coming out of Cuba.  

    Excellent.  I think I'll put it on my occasional reading list.  Anything that's quasi-forbidden to read, deserves to be read.  

    •  Yes, and you can read Mien Kampf and the (0+ / 0-)

      Communist Manifesto in the US. I can read Alarabiya.net.

      What access do the Cuban people have to other ideologies not filtered through their government?

      Progressives will win when the country becomes Progressive.

      by auapplemac on Wed May 19, 2010 at 12:26:24 AM PDT

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      •  about the same as we have to... (2+ / 0-)
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        RunawayRose, arlene

        ...Cuban ideology.  

        Their scholars can read what they darn well please, just as we of the intellectual elite can do here.  

        What matters most isn't whether someone can theoretically gain access to something, as much as whether that "something" is widely available without having to make a degree of effort that discourages one from doing so.  

        And let's not forget that we are living in the most powerful country on Earth.  That power includes the power to subtly shape public opinion in ways that are so pervasive that we barely notice them.  Just take a look at even the number of progressive Democrats here who have bought into the "you can't change the system" meme, and the "nothing is really going to change" meme.  Look at the number of people who willingly give up rights to their bosses that they would go to war about if government demanded they do it.  Look at the number of people trapped into debt serfdom, who can't get out because they can't overcome thinking of themselves as "consumers."    And look at what happens to the squeaky wheels when the screws get tightened even just a little.  

        Some humans in every culture have a propensity to try to control what other humans do.  And in every culture there are ways to do that.  The more successful it gets, the less that those who are controlled even notice it.  

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