Sunday, August 13, 2006

Waiting for Raul

Latin American specialist Ken Frankel had an interesting op-ed in the Globe and Mail the other day on Cuba's future after Fidel.

Frankel noted, Raul Castro, Fidel's annointed successor, is a "pragmatist, a proponent of Cuba's free-market experiments earlier in the regime, and an admirer of China's success in introducing free-market programs."

So perhaps, just perhaps, once Fidel is ethicaly, spiritually, physically, positively, absolutely, undeniably and reliably dead, Cuba might break free of its antiquated Marxist mind set and embrace at least some free market reforms.

And that will be good for the world and it will be good for the Cubans.

But please don't tell any of this to Alexandre Trudeau, I don't want to spoil any of his childhood fantasies.

1 comment:

Miles Lunn said...

I certainly believe the free market is the best system and I unequovically support in Canada. At the same time I also understand the system one has for government is very much a reflection of their culture and some culture's free markets don't sit well with their culture. I ultimately think it should be up to the Cubans which direction to go. However, here in Canada we can off course embrance the free market and hope our successes while make others think about adopting the free market.