By Elio Delgado Legon

Havana photo by Juan Suarez

HAVANA TIMES – I have been hearing capitalist propaganda’s clamoring about how this system is here forever, because it’s the best option out there. It supposedly offers the most opportunities and freedom, upholds democracy and defends human rights, while, socialism is a failure, and has no future.

However, it is becoming clearer and clearer for us to see how capitalism is marching towards a general crisis, which will inevitably lead to its demise.

From an economic standpoint, there is no way that a government can survive if the rich only get richer and the poor only get poorer. A government where thousands of workers end up unemployed every time there is a crisis. Also losing their homes because they can’t afford rent and ending up on the street like the homeless.

Others have to pay for health care, which is very expensive. If they get really sick, they end up losing everything or being stuck in debt for the rest of their life.

The same goes for education, because the only quality education systems in much of the world are private and expensive. Public universities in the US aren’t free, you have to pay, and students end up in debt for many years.

In terms of democracy, it’s just a big fat lie. A democracy is a people’s government for the people. However, in capitalism, a country is governed for capital, for the rich. The only thing ordinary people can do is vote in elections, for a candidate they often don’t know, and they have no idea what they will do once in office.

Leaders in capitalist countries fill their pockets, because pretty much all of them are corrupt. When elections favor more progressive candidates who are genuinely concerned about the general population, the Right refuses to recognize the results and turns to violence or a coup d’etat. Is this a democracy?

There are plenty of examples, but I’ll only mention the more renowned. For example, Evo Morales won the elections in Bolivia a year ago, in the first round, but was accused of fraud. This happened with the OAS getting involved, and the armed forces were incited to carry out a coup d’etat.

When Evo Morales’ party recently won the majority of the vote, some opposition groups on the Right have refused to recognize this defeat and are causing problems and riots. They even attempted to kill president elect Luis Arce.

Similar things have happened in Venezuela and Nicaragua. The Right in these countries doesn’t recognize results from the latest elections, even though they were in the Leftist candidates’ favor.

The most recent case comes from the US, where the Democrat candidate won with a majority vote. The Republican candidate, Donald Trump, says that the election was stolen from him and isn’t recognizing his opponent’s victory. He is threatening to go to court.

Most honest people in the US say that Trump has been the worst president in the history of their country. However, he insists that he has been the best. He bases his statements on lies, which many of his followers believe. This isn’t a democracy.

COVID-19 has shone a burning light on the inferiority of the capitalist system, as the countries with the best results in the fight against this pandemic have been socialist. The capitalist countries haven’t been so successful. 

One example to illustrate this point is the difference between the US and Cuba in their handling of the pandemic. The former, the most powerful country in the world (in military terms, because it isn’t in every other regard) hasn’t been able to stop the spread of COVID-19, as it has been more concerned about keeping the economy afloat than human lives.

The result? Ten million cases and over 240,000 deaths, with a death rate of 715 per million inhabitants, and these figures continue to grow.

However, Cuba has been able to keep the disease in check. Right now, almost all of the island is in the “new normal” phase and the death rate stands at just 11 per million inhabitants. This, in spite of the US blockade.

We can also add to the above that Cuba already has a vaccine in the third phase of its clinical trial. There is another vaccine in the first phase and a third vaccine, that won’t be intravenous.

Trials will soon begin, which will guarantee at least one vaccine by the beginning of next year. This is something that no capitalist country has managed to do, except for Russia, which follows Left politics.

On the other hand, the US hasn’t helped any other country during these trying times. On the contrary, it has withdrawn its contribution to the World Health Organization. In the meantime, Cuba has sent 52 medical brigades to 39 countries to collaborate in the fight against COVID-19.

I could give many more examples, but there isn’t enough space here, and the above is enough to cast doubt on capitalism’s superiority.

Read more from Elio Delgado Legon’s diary here.


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.

10 thoughts on “Where is Capitalism’s Superiority Now?

  • Moses Patterson’s comments have flaws. Well he doesn’t explain some. But electricity is an issue in other carribean countries, and it tends to be an issue in poor countries. This isn’t a capitalism or socialism thing. The Dominican Republic has issues with electricity too.

    Housing: You know who has problems there? the U.S. Housing is a major problem in the U.S. It’s overly expensive in cities. And now, a lot of people are going to be unable to pay their rent unless the government steps in to help.

  • Elio forgot to mention a few things about Cuban socialism: Food, electricity, housing. Three major failures in Cuba.

  • Cuban Socialism Was the Most Kept Hidden Swindle The Tourist World is Now Waken up & it is Started Getting its Pay Back. Suck it up Cuba.

  • I always chuckle at Elio’s scattergun attacks on Capitalism.
    Some of Elio’s comments are entirely valid as suggested by other contributors. Whereas other of Elio’s points and assertions are, let’s say, a touch far fetched.
    Certain contributors here seem to be saying something along the lines of ‘well the USA may be a bunch of crap to some extent, but look at Cuba – it’s even worse’
    But that’s not comparing like with like. Despite the Revolution, Cuba is still a third world country (to use out of date terminology).
    The USA is still the most powerful economy in the world – until China assumes top spot (any bets on 2030?).
    Anyone who wishes to evaluate Cuba against comparable countries should take a read of Ben Anson’s visceral and eloquent articles from Honduras.
    Honduras is a country which has undergone brutalisation and exploitation from the landing of the first Europeans right up until the present day. Brutalised first by the Spanish and then the USA.
    Unlike Cuba it has never been able to assert any meaningful independence. Unlike Cuba, Honduras represents the bottom rung on the global Capitalist ladder. It’s future is reliant on the whims of the regional master-power (which is in itself subject to the whims and vagaries of a bizarre variety of sicko, debauched regimes such as the one which is now, thankfully drawing to a close).
    I look at Cuba, which I regard as my second home, and I think it could do so much better.
    But then I look at Cuba and I compare it to failed and brutalised Capitalist minion states and I think…….
    Could be a f**k of a lot worse.

  • Elio, You have an interesting rant on the negatives of capitalism, and I agree that some are valid. you say that, “there is no way that a government can survive if the rich only get richer and the poor only get poorer”. This is exactly what has happened in Cuba. The few top gov. BOBOS along with the military generals are fat and happy while the other 98% are living in day to day survival existence. I agree with many of your other statements also. They are exactly what has happened in Cuba. The only difference, is that Cuba has all the negatives of capitalism but 98% of Cubans benefit from none of the positives of capitalism, and there are many. This is proven by the fact that most Cubans want to leave. They don’t want to live where they don’t have to deal with the countless roadblock rules set up by the gov. The sole purpose of this nonsense rules is to control the people. 98% of Cubans have no opportunity to prosper. No one wanting to prosper immigrates to Cuba. They all emigrate to countries which offer opportunity. Like I said in a prior letter: All the rafts are going in 1 direction, from Cuba to the USA. Non are going in the other direction to Cuba. Cuban socialism is a lie !!!

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