Elio Delgado Leon

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HAVANA TIMES — Recently, after one of my articles had been published on Havana Times, a person commented that Cubans leave Cuba because they like capitalism more than they like socialism.

This is a very superficial conclusion and ill-intentioned, of course, as the only socialist country in the Americas is Cuba, and more people from all of the other countries on our continent emigrate to the US than they do here in Cuba, in spite of the fact that we Cubans have many services here that citizens in other countries don’t have.

I’m talking about the Cuban Adjustment Act and the “wet-foot/dry-foot policy”, which gives Cubans residency and the chance to work as soon as they set foot on US soil, regardless of how they managed to get there.

I ask: If Cubans emigrate because they like capitalism more, why don’t they go to any other country of our continent, which are just as capitalist as the US?

They don’t immigrate to other capitalist countries on the continent because they don’t want to see capitalism’s true face. It’s one thing to have capitalism as a system but development is another very different thing.

Gigantic countries with a lot of resources, like the US, have been able to develop; also on top of these two conditions is the fact that they’ve exploited other countries that haven’t had the slightest opportunity to develop. Some of these countries, even those who do have a large supply of natural resources, have lived through centuries of neocolonial exploitation and those who do try to recover their natural resources in order to give their people a better life, are blocked, attacked and demonized, just because they don’t allow multinational corporations from developed countries to exploit them anymore.

The saying goes that a picture is worth more than a thousand words, so I won’t continue to write about what everybody already knows about capitalism, but they try to hide it, showing only what’s good. I’ll show you a few photos, which you can find by the thousands on the internet, not only of underdeveloped, poor and exploited countries but also of developed ones too. I have to make it clear though that, even though they’ll accuse me of being a chauvinist, none of the scenarios you’ll see in these photos happen here in Cuba.  These photos are the true face of capitalism.

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Elio Delgado Legon

Elio Delgado-Legon: I am a Cuban who has lived for 80 years, therefore I know full well how life was before the revolution, having experienced it directly and indirectly. As a result, it hurts me to read so many aspersions cast upon a government that fights tooth and nail to provide us a better life. If it hasn’t fully been able to do so, this is because of the many obstacles that have been put in its way.

33 thoughts on “Capitalism’s True Face

  • That maybe is what should happen but the current leadership does not want to do so. I believe that Cuba needs to allow many small enterprises and change the treatment of the hiring of workers by both Cuban and foreign companies to be competitive with Mexico and India. Many people in Canada have given up on sending money (or investing in )to Cuba until this happens.

  • Socialism taken to its extreme is a fools bargain. Every attempt at extreme socialism has lead to corrupt leaders and shared poverty. Capitalism with state regulations and taxes to fund social goods is only system that has been proven to work. The path forward for Cuba is to embrace a certain measure of capitalism with a regulated market place. Only a mixed economy saves Cuba.

  • I own affair bit of land and a small trucking company. Yet in the last year and a half. I slept across the front seat of a pickup over 300 nights while worked and made sure the people I loved were looked after. In 2003 I had 500 bred dairy heifers when bst hit losing 1.2 million $ I am currently in a legal fight with my insurance company as a large wind storm hit my farms 3 years ago and my house is considered to need of repair that case is still before the courts. I am not living in poverty but this past summer when i was sleeping in my pickup when 2 people were shot to death with feet of my pickup and another time a person was stabbed within a 100 feet of me. There is a huge housing shortage in the Toronto area and in parts of B.C. I have donated to the food bank but never used it. This summer I have been doing local work in the GTA. and there are many places on can get a free meal shower or clothes washed. The housing shortage is caused by a lack of planning both by local government and the builders. I make too much money to get rent controlled to income housing. Many people in Canada spend money on beer or smokes then go to the food bank to get food. It is true many people live in vans or cars in Canada or basement rooms. By Cuban standards they would be well off. I would say that over one percent of the population sleeps in a car a shelter or bank ATM area. By the way 10 years ago I won farmer of the year for living in my car for a month at Queens park in the winter to protest government inaction. I got letter of congrates from the Ontario and the federal government . In Cuba I would have went to jail. I almost went jail in Canada during the protest . I understand how the bottom 10% live.

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