Let's have one last go at this. The clear lack of freedoms in a country like Cuba, which too many leftists still see as a last beacon of socialism, discredit socialism in the eyes of most of the world--including those who would have every reason to embrace socialist ideals otherwise. Those who make excuses for the lack of democracy, as Louis does consistently on this list, give objective aid to the discrediting of socialism, just as those who defended the Soviet Union through thick and thin objectively helped doomed the socialist project for generations. Full stop.
Michael Balter wrote:I will continue to make these points as long as you refuse to acknowledge that the playing field is not level. Any other country that had to put up with the kind of military and military aggression that Cuba has would most surely be less democratic. In 1942 the US threw Japanese-Americans into concentration camps because it was at war with Japan. That's how "democracies" act when under threat. On its worst days, Cuba never did anything like that.
It would be very refreshing if Louis or others who comment on my posting of material about Cuba actually engage with the content of the articles I post, and on whether they are accurate or accurately reflect the situation in that country, rather than bring in issues that are extraneous to the matter at hand.