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Tue Feb 24, 2015, 10:27 AM

As Cuba Shifts Toward Capitalism, Inequality Grows More Visible


HAVANA — The river where Jonas Echevarria fishes cuts through neighborhoods brimming with new fine restaurants, spas and boutiques, springing up in Cuba’s accelerating push toward private enterprise. Tattered mansions and luxury apartment blocks speak of old wealth and new. A bounty of private restaurants known as paladares serve pork tenderloin, filet mignon and orange duck to tourists, Cuban-Americans visiting relatives and a growing pool of Cuban entrepreneurs with cash to spend.

These were things Mr. Echevarria, with only a few eggs, some plantains and a handful of rolls in his pantry, would not be having for dinner. In his neighborhood, a shantytown called Little Swamp on the fringe of the Rio Almendares and the margins of society, few people have relatives sending money from abroad, food rations barely last the month, and homes made of corrugated tin, wood scraps and crumbling concrete fail to keep out floodwaters. Nobody goes to paladares, much less has the money to start one.

As Cuba opens the door wider to private enterprise, the gap between the haves and have-nots — and between whites and blacks — that the revolution sought to diminish is growing more evident ...

More here: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/25/world/americas/as-cuba-shifts-toward-capitalism-inequality-grows-more-visible.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=photo-spot-region®ion=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0

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Tue Feb 24, 2015, 09:22 PM

1. Isn't this inevitable?

Capitalism can only create inequality, exploitation, classism, racism, sexism. And accumulated wealth for a few.

Is capitalism a necessary evil? Must we have 'the means of production' established, an immense worker class, and pissed off, exploited workers which will inevitably lead to socialism?

Shortcuts haven't worked? As nasty as it is, a little capitalism could lead to good things?

Is this the socialist dilemma today? "By any means necessary."

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Response to yallerdawg (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 25, 2015, 07:38 AM

2. Of course it's inevitable -

I was just amazed to see a major newspaper in the US actually admit it!

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