This was rather the problem, wasn’t it?

What was Castro’s proudest accomplishment? Did he talk about anything in particular?

“Chica,” said Mr Hernandez, with a laugh, “Fidel was into everything.

“Agricultural reform. Housing. Workers. Unpicking the problems of capitalism – the inequality. I always think that Fidel saw the problems of the modern world coming, and worked to stop them.

“I can only tell you what I saw. And that was that he was involved in every detail.”

A nation of 11 million ruled in detail by one man. Bit Curajus State really, isn’t it?

And obviously also going to be a terrible failure. Simply because one man cannot know in detail what 11 million people want nor desire.

12 thoughts on “This was rather the problem, wasn’t it?”

  1. Bloke in North Dorset

    “And obviously also going to be a terrible failure. Simply because one man cannot know in detail what 11 million people want nor desire.”

    Obviously they want and desire what the man doing the planning tells them they want and desire. And if they don’t they must be defects so off to the gulag with them for reeducation.

  2. “Simply because one man cannot know in detail what 11 million people want nor desire.”

    Hasn’t stopped the LHTD from knowing what 60-odd million people want or desire.

  3. “When private individuals were allowed to open up restaurants, in 1993, he was among the first.”
    Jeez! This is a culture where your local bar or restaurant is an extension of your home. A UK pub local doesn’t come close to it. Half your life will revolve around it. The people who run it will be as close to you as any of your family. In a sense, you’ll own it as much as they do because you’ll be as much part of their family.
    He really hadn’t a clue about those 11 million had he?

  4. “He really hadn’t a clue about those 11 million had he?”

    He was the spoilt brat bastard son of a wealthy immigrant. How would he know the 11 million?

  5. But one man can certainly know what he thinks that 11 million people should want and desire.

    History is full of examples other than Castro.

  6. Bloke in Costa Rica

    Really it just pinpoints the fact that if you get a Leftist revolutionary in your clutches you must always, always kill him. Just think if the Russians had met Lenin off the train and knouted him to death, or Batista had had Castro bayoneted, or the Venezuelans had shot Chávez in the face. They’re too fucking dangerous to leave alive.

  7. BiCR
    I’m reluctantly coming to much the same conclusion. “Thou shalt not suffer a communist to live.” It would have saved a lot of trouble if JC had thought to mention that.

  8. Oh, and you forgot Hitler. In what sense was he not a “leftist revolutionary”? Because he failed?

    It would be quite amusing to have a shirt with a picture of Adolf and Che side by side and the logo “socialists”.

  9. Bloke in Costa Rica

    Yeah, putting him in chokey after the Munich Putsch rather than an unmarked grave turned out not to have been a terribly good idea.

  10. Bloke in Costa Rica

    As for the Ché thing; I was remarking to a friend this weekend that wearing a t-shirt with Heinrich Himmler on it wouldn’t go down very well.

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