For a Second Time, I Find Myself in Agreement With Fidel Castro

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on September 10, 2010

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The first time is referenced here. The second time has to do with this story:

Fidel Castro told a visiting American journalist that Cuba’s communist economic model doesn’t work, a rare comment on domestic affairs from a man who has conspicuously steered clear of local issues since stepping down four years ago.

The fact that things are not working efficiently on this cash-strapped Caribbean island is hardly news. Fidel’s brother Raul, the country’s president, has said the same thing repeatedly. But the blunt assessment by the father of Cuba’s 1959 revolution is sure to raise eyebrows.

Jeffrey Goldberg, a national correspondent for The Atlantic magazine, asked if Cuba’s economic system was still worth exporting to other countries, and Castro replied: “The Cuban model doesn’t even work for us anymore” Goldberg wrote Wednesday in a post on his Atlantic blog.

Of course, the Cuban model never did work. And one wonders why it took Castro 51 years to figure that out.

But better late than never. Coming soon: El Commandante will remark with wonder that water is wet.

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