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originally posted by: luthier
I wouldn't be too snide about academics, without them we wouldnt have "Two Treatises of Government, we wouldn't have science, we wouldn't have Voltaire, Roseau, Locke, the French and Glorius revolution etc.
All those things led to the US constitution.
originally posted by: windword
a reply to: ElectricUniverse
Castro is Dead!
Donald J Trump
You can rest assured that Cuba's days of socialism, their exemplary education and health care systems, will soon be history, as Pres. DJ Trump's capitalistic wet dreams come true, and his golf courses, hotels and resort shops carrying his family's Chinese made shirts, ties and knock off shoes, handbags and jewelry, along with the TRUMP name, are spattered from coast to Cuban coast!
Fidel Castro’s firing squads in Cuba
Fidel Castro is often portrayed as the “benevolent” dictator of Cuba, such portrayals are unarguably wrong. The evidence of his bloodthirsty and murderous nature is unequivocal and available for anyone who wants to know the truth. Unfortunately such evidence is rarely discussed by the news media and at schools. There’s perhaps no more grizzly atrocity committed by Fidel Castro than the firing squads which he implemented. Beginning as a rebel, before he would eventually take power in Cuba, Fidel Castro used firing squad executions to enforce discipline, punish followers deemed disloyal or intimidate potential opposition. At the beginning of the Castro regime there was a reign of terror typical of revolutions in which the firing squad was used prominently but the executions continued for decades.
The Cuba Archive which documents deaths and disappearances resulting from Fidel Castro’s Cuban revolution has documented 3,615 firing squad executions conducted by the Cuban state since Castro took over on January 1, 1959.
“To send men to the firing squad, judicial proof is unnecessary. These procedures are an archaic bourgeois detail. This is a revolution. And a revolutionary must become a cold killing machine motivated by pure hate.”
Before the drug trade boom in the 1970s and 1980s, the FARC received weapons, training, and financial assistance from Cuba.  During that time, the FARC also kidnapped politicians and elites for revenue. Their kidnappings continued throughout the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and peaked in 1999. The thriving drug business in Colombia also facilitated the FARC’s rapid growth in the 1980s and 1990s, when it tripled in membership, and gave the FARC greater financial independence. In 2002, the growth of the FARC’s Eastern Bloc was funded by money earned from coc aine trade with Brazilian drug lords.
Now as far as Castro, he was no angel, of that there can be no doubt. His policies were harsh and yes, under his rule, people were killed, and exiled from the country. Thousands lost their lives due to the revolution or trying to escape from the country. Political dissidents were punished, along with their families, as he was a dictator.
As Georgie Anne Geyer reveals in her biography, Guerilla Prince: The Untold Storey of Fidel Castro, Fidel has always been a deceiver, an egoist and a thug. From his earliest days as a radical university student, Castro had an attraction to violence and totalitarianism (modeling himself after Mussolini), and once his ambitions to take over Cuba came true, he put his beliefs into practice.
The first to fall victim to his violent impulses were his political opponents, who were executed en masse, after show trials, by Nazi-like firing squads. But Castro’s long-time allies also became targets. Huber Matos, Manuel Urrutia and Carlos Franqui—who all worked with Castro to overthrow Batista—were soon demonized, jailed or exiled because they opposed Communism and envisioned an independent Cuba. Castro, who had assured the world in 1959 that he was not a Communist, immediately proved he was exactly that, suddenly announcing he was a Marxist-Leninist and would be till his dying day.
The consequences for Cuba and the world have been profound. Once in power, Castro banned the democratic elections he once promised, expropriated private property, created a one-party Communist state, and ruthlessly suppressed all forms of dissent and opposition. He dismantled the once thriving Catholic Church, crushing its educational system, expelling hundreds of priests, and forcibly indoctrinating baptized believers with atheism and Marxism. It is this fractured and persecuted Church that Pope Francis is now trying to revive, against huge obstacles in a police state.
originally posted by: projectvxn
originally posted by: Kettu
a reply to: projectvxn
Socialism can be incorporated into just about any economic system, including capitalism. Communism can't, as it's the entire package.
They aren't interchangeable, otherwise we would call Sweden a communist country.
Government services does not Socialism make. I wonder why people in the US think this..
Socialism is not a government provided education or health care or any other service.
Socialism is a "political and economic theory of social organization that advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole."
That "community" is actually the state, but those are just the details.
yay free stuff!!?? no? Oops.