Communist Dictator: My System Doesn’t Work

It only took fifty years for Fidel Castro to realize (or at least to admit publicly) that the communist system turns countries into economic basket cases. Karl Marx advocated the post-revolution Workers’ Paradise as a secular substitute for the Christian vision of heaven. Those who believed the lie frequently ended up in something approximating a living hell.

Castro killed or chased out of the country tens of thousands of his fellow Cubans and destroyed the country’s middle class. His regime also stole pretty much all the property in Cuba with promises that everything would be managed for the common good. The result has been five decades of economic stagnation and rationing of basic necessities for the Cuban population.

As Daniel Mitchell says, let’s file this one in the “better-late-than-never” category. And if you would like to know why economic central planning cannot work even in theory, see the works of Ludwig von Mises and F. A. Hayek.

About Dr. J

I am Professor of Humanities at Faulkner University, where I chair the Department of Humanities and direct online M.A. and Ph.D. programs based on the Great Books of Western Civilization. I am also Associate Editor of the Journal of Faith and the Academy and a member of the faculty at Liberty Classroom.
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2 Responses to Communist Dictator: My System Doesn’t Work

  1. Peter Boettke says:

    Since I was at your site because of the link to my CATO talk, I was intrigued by this post — very good — and I thought that I would just provide the link to a paper I wrote in 1990 about Soviet admissions that the system cannot work:

    http://www.thefreemanonline.org/columns/soviet-admissions-communism-doesnt-work/#

    I am very intrigued to see how this plays out among the intellectual elite. I think that many believe they have already made this admission even though their policy positions only pay lip-service to the critique and still advocated various schemes of government control over the economy and our lives.

    • Dr. J says:

      Thank you for posting that link; I had not seen that piece before. I was familiar with the conflict between Bukharin and Stalin in the 1920s, but had no idea that Soviet economic historians of the 1980s had taken real lessons from the episode.

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