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Donald Trump, commenting on the passing of Fidel Castro, branded him a mere “dictator”. Whatever the long-lasting results (and mistakes) of the Cuban experiment, History has already de facto recognized Fidel as one of the great revolutionary leaders of the modern – and postmodern – era.

Trump – historical irony obliges – also has all but christened the groundswell of anger that delivered him the White House as a “revolution” – led by, and in the name of, white, non-college educated, blue collar US masses.

Yet old habits die hard. A self-appointed “leader of the free world”, true to conventional script, could never pay tribute in public to a “communist” who escaped over 600 CIA assassination cum regime change attempts – which is quite a heavy load to bear for so-called US “intel”. In the end, it was nature’s clock – not a magic bullet – that took Fidel away.

With the Cuban revolution now history, the focus switches to the current American “revolution” – which might turn out to be quite the regime change special the CIA dreams of (for others). If Fidel was The Prince as well as Machiavelli rolled into one, in gringoland the storyline may be largely about Steve Bannon, the blue collar-meets-Goldman Sachs Machiavelli to Prince Trump.

White House chief strategist Bannon has been vilified, over the top, all across the spectrum, as neo-fascist, white nationalist, racist, sexist and anti-Semite. So far, this has been the most detailed explanation of the Bannon agenda – in his own words. One underestimates him at one’s own peril.

State and revolution

Bannon in the past billed himself as a Leninist. What a shame Fidel was not paying attention.

In his highly complex and immensely engaging Apres Nous, Le Deluge (French translation recently published by Payot), master German philosopher Peter Sloterdijk explores how Lenin, in a few months in a cabin in Finland, laid out the theoretical premises of what should happen after the revolution; how the former State, under Marxist analysis, was just an instrument allowing economic exploitation and the misleading resolution of “irreconcilable” oppositions between classes (sounds quite like the current Washington set up).

For the revolutionary apparatus, it was not enough to take over the apparatus of the Ancien Regime – as social democrats would have it. That would have to be totally smashed, the ruins reassembled in new combinations until the long-term communist goal – the agony of the State – would be achieved.

Now imagine Leninist Bannon trying to package this agenda to viscerally indoctrinated “communists eat babies for breakfast” US public opinion. So he resorted to pop culture – stressing the inspirational models as Darth Vader, his incarnation Dick Cheney, and the dark side as a whole.

Smashing the State (or the establishment) was rephrased as “drain the swamp”. And to polish it all up, when talking to the establishment, Bannon added the indispensable English credibility touch as his top role model; Thomas Cromwell, the dark side behind Henry VIII, instead of Lenin. No wonder the deep state is totally freaking out.

Lenin, in trying to accomplish his revolution, as Sloterdijk observes, relied on “a double psycho-political strategy”; massive intimidation of the non-convinced (something Bannon obviously cannot deploy in contemporary America), as well as mobilization of the impoverished and enthusiastic masses attracted by the promises of the new power (Trump’s overwhelming twitter machine and Breitbart News will be in charge of this department).

In Lenin’s revolution, the faculty of political judgment was exercised by an elite that Lenin conceived as the proletariat; they became the elite via the dictatorship of the Party. All other strata, especially the rural categories, were no more than a reactionary plebe – to become useful only long term via revolutionary education.

One century after Lenin, Bannon’s proletariat “elite” will be supplied by blue collar alienation spread out across Virginia, Florida, Ohio, the Rust Belt. A special place is reserved for Reagan Democrats and Reagan Democrats 2.0 (working class minorities) as well as for all and sundry rejectionists of that good ol’ Marxist bogeyman – rigged-to-the-hilt “bourgeois democracy”.

Bannon’s early incarnation of his ideal Leninist Prince was obnoxious Mamma Grizly Sarah Palin. She could see Russia from her house – but that was about it. Trump, on the other hand, is the perfect vessel; billionaire builder/doer; a product of reality TV; the “New York New York” factor; vetted by the Masters of the Universe; no need to court donors; and a natural foe of an uppity East Coast establishment which does despise his glitter and his brashness.

Fascism and global war

To describe Trump’s “deplorables” (their definition by the establishment, via Hillary) as a fascist army, as US corporate media shills insist, totally misses the point. Marxist theory, during the 1920s and 1930s, turned fascism upside down, conceptualizing how fascism essentially crystallizes the power of finance capital (that’s something Bannon can easily sell at home). Fascism also terrorizes the working class as well as the revolutionary peasantry – thus the popular appeal of “drain the swamp”.

Mussolini defined fascism as “the horror inspired by a comfortable life”, thus leading Sloterdijk to characterize fascism as a militant-ism of street politics; total mobilization. Let’s rewind to a century ago; after 1917 and 1918, to the Left as well as to the Right, the zeitgeist dictated there was no “post-war”; in fact, the sentiment was that a global war was going on, and that had been so since times immemorial (today, under neoliberalism, global war is even more radicalized, pitting the 0.0001% against the rest.)

Under Lenin in Russia a century ago, the conflict took the form of civil war of an active minority against an impotent majority. Under the Leninist White House, the conflict may take the form of war by a very active minority (those roughly 25% of the US electorate who voted Trump) against another, infinitesimal – but very powerful – minority (the East Coast establishment, the incarnation of the Ancien Regime), with the whole saga watched ringside by a transfixed, passive majority.

“America First”; but for whom? The key question is who will end up defining America’s real national interest; true nationalists embedded in Team Trump, plus the proletariat “elite”, or the usual – globalist – suspects able to infect and corrupt any notion of nationalism.

Goodbye Fidel Castro, welcome Prince Trump (with Leninist Machiavelli attached). Brace for impact. Politics is war – what else? And “revolution” is still the biggest show in town.

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Pepe Escobar is the author of Globalistan: How the Globalized World is Dissolving into Liquid War (Nimble Books, 2007), Red Zone Blues: a snapshot of Baghdad during the surge and Obama does Globalistan (Nimble Books, 2009). His latest book is Empire of Chaos. He may be reached at [email protected].

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  1. Ha-ha, I like it. Well, unfortunately it seems more likely that they will simply sit down together, globalists with nationalists, negotiate, and find a way to share the loot…

  2. Andrei Martyanov [AKA "SmoothieX12"] says: • Website

    Excellent!

  3. “America First”; but for whom?

    Is that even a question?

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @Mao Cheng Ji
  4. ““America First”; but for whom? ”

    For Goldman Sachs and the same one percent that a Señora Clinton administration would have benefited.

    Pepe, hombre–the Unitedstatesian presidential elections are brilliantly contrived mediatic Punch and Judy Shows, with the candidates on the respective hands of the same puppeteer.

    Also note that Bannon is a Zionist–that should clarify some details for you, especially in regard to what Señor Trump has planned, if he can do it, in regard to Iran.

    Apparently the thrust will be to offer the Russians a free hand in Syria if the US and the usual suspects are allowed a free hand to drive a wedge between Russia and Iran, and destabilize the latter.

    Will the Russians fall for it?

    Note also that Señor Obama is sending no delegation of any rank to Castro’s funeral and that Señor Trump, hearing that Señor Castro had died, attacked him as a tyrant and dictator.

    This marks both Trump and Obama as very stupid fellows and in the same fashion. Clinton would have been no better.

    Same old, same old.

    The analysis nearer to home for Latin America is made transparent by the new demon, Mexico and Mexicans, and the relegation of Cuba to a renegotiated “deal”.

    The Cubans know what is going on–they did one of their rare full mobilization drills when Señor Trump won.

    It will all backfire, not to worry.

  5. Anon • Disclaimer says:

    Idiot Galloway on Castro.

    Blinded by self-righteous pathology.

  6. Wally says:

    But what did Castro actually achieve besides lowering Cubans’ standard of living?

    Oh I forgot, he had gays arrested just for being gay.

  7. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Bannon will finish off the Jews.

    • Replies: @Wally
  8. Anonymous [AKA "Nock"] says:
    @jacques sheete

    No. Pepe was grasping.

  9. Anon • Disclaimer says:

    Trump looks like a modern Mister Twister (watch subtitled Soviet 1960s cartoon on youtube), and most probably will do the bidding of military-industrial complex to ‘return jobs’. He may also embark on more military adventurism to send off extra deplorables for killing others overseas.

  10. Alden says:
    @Wally

    In the early days of the glorious revolution the great hero of the useful idiots, Che Guevera led execution squads that murdered thousands of gays.

    • Replies: @Che Guava
  11. @Wally

    “But what did Castro actually achieve besides lowering Cubans’ standard of living?”

    He took care of a lot of that income-gap issue, right?

    I remember driving through the former DDR and seeing all these little hovels dotting lake shores … these were the vacation cottages of the former party elite, and the were just a step above the garden huts you see in communal gardens in West Germany, and in fact I believe most of our Section 8 denizens in the US or their Estate counterparts in the UK would revolt if offered these sorts of shacks as their public-provided housing “entitlement.”

  12. @jacques sheete

    “America First”; but for whom?

    Is that even a question?

    Well, I suppose he is alluding to Lenin’s famous (as often quoted by Zizek): “Freedom – yes, but for WHOM? To do WHAT?”

  13. Miro23 says:

    “America First”; but for whom?

    All you can say is that economic power in the US is extraordinarily lopsided and that these situations don’t usually last long in advanced democracies.

    Either democracy goes or Congressmen are obliged to shut the door on special interests.

  14. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Finally, someone brings clarity to the situation. Bravo Pepe. Neither side really knows what it is getting into.

  15. Greg Bacon says: • Website

    Bannon will finish off the Jews.

    There’s no need for that type of stupidity, unless you’re just stirring things up, hoping to get Trump and his supporters branded with the worn-out adage of anti-Semitism.

  16. n230099 says:

    fas·cism (ˈfaSHˌizəm)
    noun
    noun fascism noun Fascism plural noun Fascisms

    1) Anything that you don’t like.

  17. @E. A. Costa

    ” Senor trump, hearing that Senor Castro had died, attacked him as a tyrant and dictator”

    I guess you have no problem with the highly publicized fact that Senor Castro had urged the Russians to initiate a nuclear first strike on the US, meaning that this revolutionary angel of peace had called for a nuclear war with hundreds of millions of deaths on both sides.

    You turn my stomach.

    Authenticjazzman, “Mensa” Society member of forty-plus years and pro jazz artist.

  18. History has already de facto recognized Fidel as one of the great revolutionary leaders of the modern – and postmodern – era.

    I guess if blood thirsty tyrants can be great, then Fidel is a great one. By your lights, Stalin and Mao were also great revolutionary leaders.

  19. Pepe Escobar is a typical Latin leftist, though I suspect he is really a gringo of Latin American descent. Castro’s “revolution” exists only in the minds of people like Escobar. The truth is that there is not and never was a “Cuban Revolution”. It was a Communist coup that imposed a squalid dictatorship that ruined one of the most progressive countries in Latin America (progressive in the true, not leftist, meaning of the word). Cuba today is a shithole. The vaunted “public health” and “education”? A myth. I lived there for two years. It is a foul toilet when once it was a beautiful and promising country. As for “revolution” beyond Cuba, nothing remains of the efforts made by Castro and the Latin American leftists who sought to impose Communist regimes in Latin America and Africa. Communism is as dead as a dodo in Latin America. Reflective leftists look back on their early involvement in violent “revolution” with nostalgia, mixed with a heavy dose of shame. They know they were had by a psychopath. Absolutely nothing was accomplished by this so-called “armed struggle” and everybody knows it. The progress in Latin America – and it has been immense in many ways – was entirely the result of education, political democracy, investment (much of it foreign), hard work and tolerance. Castro will hardly be a footnote in Latin American history, and a shabby one at that. Africa? The Africans dumped Fidel and his nonsense as soon as it was practical to do so. Guinea-Bissau, where the Cubans did so much good “revolutionary” work against the Portuguese, is a narco-state. Angola wants nothing to do with the Cubans or Communism. Castro did nothing but wreck a country he secretly hated. He was not even a real Cuban. He was the bastard son of a Spanish soldier who had fought against Cuban independence and one of the maids. No wonder he turned out to be such a nut. My advice to Escobar is to learn something about Latin America before talking about it.

  20. anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Palmiro Togliatti defined fascism as the open and terroristic dictatorship of finance capital. Finance capital is that sector which has gained the upper hand in the US and has captured much of the government and it’s agencies, fusing them together. Hence all the war and foreign adventurism leading to confrontations everywhere. Hillary Clinton was the denouement of this trend, expansion and glorious war against ‘dictators’-defined as anyone who resists-abroad whilst increasing the muzzling of domestic dissent through harassment and economic persecution, ratcheting up the powers of the spy state.
    The meme of ‘murderous dictator’ Castro is repeated endlessly without context. How were he and a small handful of men able to force the established dictator Batista to flee so easily? Because Batista was a mafia gangster held in place by hired goons and head-breakers, a totally illegitimate regime that had no popular backing. He was in touch with the mafia as he fled with suitcases of money and valuables. Criminals like that seem to be all right as long as they play ball with us. Swashbuckler revolutionaries like Castro are probably best at capturing power rather than holding and administering it later. Che Guevara knew this and moved on to the next adventure. Cuba is a small island with few natural resources. What could it provide besides tourism and sugar? If they want to call themselves communist then so be it, it’s their right.

    • Agree: Che Guava
  21. Che Guava says:
    @Alden

    In the early days of the glorious revolution the great hero of the useful idiots, Che Guevera led execution squads that murdered thousands of gays.

    That is absolute crap.

    Allow me to correct it.

    In the early days of the glorious revolution, the great hero of useful idiots and nonsensical pop culture of now, Che Guevera, was among many who led execution squads that murdered hundreds (or thousands) of perceived holdouts from the Batista state, often with and often without good reason.

    In any case, he was killed long ago. I find it amusing that, as well as T-shirts, posters, and such, he is now a brand of cigarettes and rolling tobacco.

    The recently deceased figure was Fidel Castro.

    Che Guevera led execution squads that murdered murdered thousands of gays

    Citation, please. Until a few years before the AIDs revolution (and well after the Cuban ‘revolution’), Cuba’s policy on treatment of homosexuals was not much different from the law in many other places, including the US and UK, except more lenient, maybe I am wrong, but the ‘persecution’ seemed to be a particular response to the AIDs panic.

    The writing on HIV originating in Fort Detrick and the genetic bases of those arguments have never been convincingly refuted.

    The ‘African green monkeys’ idea was heavily pushed by US researchers at the time, but there was no evidence for it, except the greater propensity of humans there to copulate with anything that moved and had a suitable orifice.

    • Replies: @Authenticjazzman
    , @Alden
  22. Che Guava says:
    @Chris Bridges

    imposed a squalid dictatorship that ruined one of the most progressive countries in Latin America (progressive in the true, not leftist, meaning of the word). Cuba today is a shithole. The vaunted “public health” and “education”? A myth. I lived there for two years. It is a foul toilet when once it was a beautiful and promising country.

    You lived there for two years? Sound like a US person. So, in what capacity? Staff at the ‘Information Office’? Your words make it clear that your two years were after the ‘revolution’. When, and as what?

    You think the Cuba of Batista, and under Meyer Lansky, and ‘Lucky’ Luciano et al. was progressive? How? Offshore Las Vegas doesn’t sound like ‘a beautiful and promising country.’

  23. Wally says:
    @Anonymous

    Tell that to Trump’s Treasury pick.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  24. @Chris Bridges

    Tremendously insightful post.

    The Germans, in their ultimate confusion and neurosis worship FC, and they rant on and on about the fantastic free health care and the superior edumacation system in Cuba,
    Believe it or not they, the Teutons, are still running around with Che’ T-shirts, and if you tell them that Che’ was a murderous lunatic they give you a kind of blank stare and change the subject.

    I played in a band years ago with a german guitarist and he was obcessed with Cuba, as most clueless Germans are, and they somehow feel that they have a straight line to the cuban peoples and that the Cubans hate all Americans.

    Authenticjazzman, “Mensa” Society member of forty-plus years and pro jazz artist.

  25. “History has already de facto recognized Fidel as one of the great revolutionary leaders of the modern – and postmodern – era.”

    Castro converted an entire Caribbean island into the world’s largest prison.

    Evidently it doesn’t take much for history — whoever that is — to deem a gangster like Castro “great.”

    How about Pol Pot? Even greater?

  26. @Che Guava

    So you have no problem with the first-strike nuclear war that Fidel was urging the Russians to initiate, as do all of the fools who are now crying their eyes out pertaining to the terrible loss of the ultimo Lider

    You make me wanna puke.

    Authenticjazzman “Mensa” Society member of forty-plus years and pro jazz artist.

    • Replies: @Che Guava
    , @Avery
  27. woodNfish says:

    More lies and slander from the fascist Escobar.

    • Disagree: Che Guava
  28. Greg Bacon says: • Website

    Let’s compare Castro to the USA. How many countries did Cuba tell lies about in the MSM in order to bomb that nation to bits?

    Was Castro involved in the Israeli masterminded 9/11 False Flag, which has gutted our Bill of Rights and the excuse to murder millions was granted to the liars?

    How many stock market swindles where millions of Americans lost trillions of wealth was Castro involved in?

    Does Cuba have a powerful central bank that gives away trillions to the same ones who pulled off those swindles, keeping them afloat to loot another day?

    Did the KKK have a Cuban affiliate?

    Does Cuba have a weather altering HAARP facility on their island?

    Do they have an NSA that illegally listens to millions of calls and read millions of texts each day?

    I don’t know enough about Castro to make a judgement, but who’s the real SOB here? But if you want to believe what the thoroughly discredited MSM says about Castro, what can I say?

    • Replies: @OutWest
  29. Che Guava says:
    @Authenticjazzman

    Your lack of logic is beyond me, I made no comment on what is in your ‘reply’.

    Nice to see that you’ve cleaned up your punctuation and spelling a little in response to my posts, and those of a few others.

  30. Biff says:
    @Wally

    But what did Castro actually achieve besides lowering Cubans’ standard of living?

    When the Boliviars rid South America of the Spanish Empire, their standard of living was greatly reduced. The only thing gained was independence, and self determination – the horror.

  31. Castro is one of the greatest men in history, obviously. One of the men who stepped forward, and changed history. I think it’s important to understand that his achievements (along with Comrade Che, Colonel Quadaffi, and others – and unlike Lenin’s) are not in the realm of communism, but in anti-colonialism and anti-imperialism.

    • Replies: @Authenticjazzman
    , @Alden
  32. OutWest says:
    @Greg Bacon

    He probably would have if he had the resources to do so. What he did do was mostly done with stolen and Soviet resources. But his executions and imprisonments are enough for me.

  33. @Mao Cheng Ji

    So you have no problem with the widley publicized fact that Fidel Castro has urged the Russians to
    execute a nuclear first strike upon the US, thereby unleashing a nuclear world war with the results of hundreds of millions of innocent deaths.

    You leftist ignoranti leave me simply speachless

    Authenticjazzman, ” Mensa” society member of forty-plus years and pro jazz artist.

    • Replies: @Mao Cheng Ji
  34. @Che Guava

    Go to hell, your senseless blather is not worth responding to.

    Authenticjazzman, “Mensa” Society member since 1973, and pro jazz artist.

    • LOL: Che Guava
    • Replies: @Alden
  35. Avery says:
    @Authenticjazzman

    {So you have no problem with the first-strike nuclear war that Fidel was urging the Russians to initiate,….}

    I don’t know much about Cuba before or after Castro, but regarding ‘first-strike’:

    1. Reason USSR placed nukes in Cuba was in response to US placing lots of nukes in Turkey, right next to SU’s border for a first-strike on SU.

    2. Since the first day of Castro revolution, US/CIA started plotting his murder and invasion of Cuba: I guess Castro should have thanked US/CIA instead looking for help anywhere he could?

    3. Right after WW2 and before SU had nukes, US and UK (Churchill) were planning a massive nuke first-strike on USSR to wipe it out.

    You have ‘no problem’ with that. Yes?

    • Replies: @NoseytheDuke
  36. @Authenticjazzman

    to execute a nuclear first strike upon the US

    Rather, to retaliate with nuclear weapons should Cuba get invaded by the US.

    What’s so remarkable about that? About a decade ago Pakistan warned India that it will use nukes should India invade, and immediately everything calmed down. Don’t invade. That’s why this concept is known as ‘nuclear deterrence’… And it’s been practiced by the US just the same. Not to mention Hiroshima and Nagasaki, where the US used nukes without any self-defense motive whatsoever…

    Or, does your majestic IQ instruct you that the US has the god-given right to invade any county, with impunity?

  37. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Wally

    Keep your friends close. Keep your enemies closer.

  38. Anonymous [AKA "jabbathehut"] says:
    @E. A. Costa

    Pepe, you lost my attention when you quoted Tina Fey, apparently thinking you were quoting Sarah Palin.
    Perhaps Bannon should be kept an eye on. Not sure you’re qualified.

  39. [You have been repeatedly warned that poor spelling and grammar, let alone profanities, are not desirable behavior for commenters. Such violations might be overlooked for commenters who provide interesting and substantive discussion of an issue, but your very short, content-free comments filled with petty name-calling fall into a different category. Furthermore, uniform tag-lines filled with doubtful braggadocio probably tend to irritate most readers. There are lots of other websites in which comments often consist of back-and-forth chains of very short insults, and perhaps you would be much happier at one of those.]

    Authenticjazzman, “Mensa” society member of forty-plus years and pro jazz artist.

    • Agree: Che Guava
  40. Svigor says:

    Burn in Hell, Castro.

    a “communist” who escaped over 600 CIA assassination cum regime change attempts

    Says who? Oh, the lying commie scumbag (but, I repeat myself) who benefited from the stories.

    Now imagine Leninist Bannon trying to package this agenda to viscerally indoctrinated “communists eat babies for breakfast” US public opinion.

    This is what supporters of mass murder have to do, I guess: fight silly straw men.

    How many losses in a row have socialism and communism racked up? See Venezuela for the latest. Maybe someone should have told them that socialists eat babies for breakfast.

    Burn in Hell, Castro.

    P.S., eventually the whole world will realize that Cuba actually lost in Angola, and won only the ensuing propaganda war. Well, they didn’t actually win that, either; western leftists won it for them.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @schmenz
  41. Svigor says:

    Let’s compare Castro to the USA.

    .

    Castro turned Cuba into a prison. After correcting for scale (it was about all Castro could mange), of course he looks far worse than the USA. Except for the actual criminals, which he turned loose for the USA (they were too much for Castro to manage).

    Imagine Castro in charge of the USA.

    Burn in Hell, Castro.

    P.S., if America is so bad, why do all your people want to move here (you know it’s true)?

    • Replies: @jacques sheete
    , @Anonymous
  42. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Svigor

    I thought you were anti-capitalist and supported national socialism?

  43. schmenz says:
    @Wally

    “Oh I forgot, he had gays arrested just for being gay.”

    Well that’s one thing he did Right.

  44. schmenz says:
    @Svigor

    Some of the articles I’ve read about his death are puzzling to me and perhaps someone can explain.

    Supposedly Assad in Syria, for example, had a big commemoration of him, lauding him as great leader. This kind of thing confuses me.

    What am I not seeing?

  45. @Svigor

    P.S., if America is so bad, why do all your people want to move here (you know it’s true)?

    Because Amerika has made many other places worse. Frequent indiscriminate bombing and invading and economic subversion tend to do that. Now that wasn’t so hard, was it?

  46. Let me tell you something about Lenin built country CNN, etc., will never tell:
    1. Unconditionally free medical service for every citizen of the country.
    2. Unconditionally free education of any level for every citizen of the country.
    3. Free housing. (My family personally got free apartments from the State back in 1958 and in 1975.)
    4. Guaranteed employment. (To be unemployed was a crime in the USSR…)
    5. Unlimited use of natural gas for heating and cooking cost 0.3 rouble (20 cents) per person per month in Moscow.
    6. Retirement age for men is 60 years, for women – 55 years.
    7.
    8.

    There are over 300 million people on the Earth who can confirm all that. Over 300 million witnesses and “victims” at the same time.
    Now, ask yourself simple question: can USA afford all the listed above?
    The conclusion: the US is a very poor country in comparison with the USSR. The US CANNOT afford all that. No ifs. No buts. Period.
    The “poor” USSR, in turn, could afford all that for 70 years and, at the same time, could afford to build one of the most powerful military in the world.
    In spite of all wars and other disasters it went through.
    In the USSR each and every citizen vital things were taken care of by the state from the date of birth till the date of death. Each and every citizen.
    CNN and other US mainstream media will never ever tell you this kind of the truth…

    USSR passed away. Cuba is still here. And Cuban socialism is still here. Do you know, for example,
    that the average quality of medical services in Cuba is higher than in the US. And, by the way, that medical
    service system has been built under Castro “dictatorship”. Moreover: it’s free for the Cuban citizens. As it was in the USSR.
    This is only one of the Castro “regime” accomplishments. There are many more to list.

    Have Cuba as much natural resources available, as USSR had, the picture would be totally different.
    Thus, don’t try to judge people like Castro if you don’t know exactly what are you talking about…

    • Replies: @Sam J.
  47. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Svigor

    Castro turned Cuba into a prison.

    Isn’t that a good thing? That’s why there’s been much less Cuban immigration to the US compared to other neighboring countries such as Mexico. If a Castro had taken over Mexico, there’d be much less Mexican immigration to the US.

  48. Svigor says:

    I thought you were anti-capitalist and supported national socialism?

    I stopped believing you at “I thought,” but, I’ll answer anyway. I am “anti-capitalist,” only in the sense that capital is a tool to be used, not a governing “system.” Add an “ism” on the end, and I think it spells trouble. A true capitalist would sell you his wife & children (and the rope to hang him) if the price were right. Meaning, nobody is really a capitalist. I prefer free markets, assuming they are reciprocated. Free enterprise is overwhelmingly a good thing. In fact, most of my political positions revolve around freedom.

    I support national socialism in the sense that I don’t condemn it, as does anyone who’s tired of the leftist totalitarians running the west. I figure I’ll let the commies’ reputation catch up to reality, before I condemn Nazis. Personally, I am not at all NS. Too American/British for all that. Again, I prize freedom.

    Because Amerika has made many other places worse. Frequent indiscriminate bombing and invading and economic subversion tend to do that. Now that wasn’t so hard, was it?

    Name the country you’re from (and when America bombed it), or it didn’t happen.

  49. Svigor says:

    1. Unconditionally free medical service for every citizen of the country.
    2. Unconditionally free education of any level for every citizen of the country.
    3. Free housing. (My family personally got free apartments from the State back in 1958 and in 1975.)
    4. Guaranteed employment. (To be unemployed was a crime in the USSR…)
    5. Unlimited use of natural gas for heating and cooking cost 0.3 rouble (20 cents) per person per month in Moscow.
    6. Retirement age for men is 60 years, for women – 55 years.
    7.
    8.

    1. With every doctor wishing he could escape the Soviet prison, to a country that paid its doctors well. With every patient wishing he could get proper medical care, in a country that paid its doctors well.
    2. And yet, all the bright people wanted to escape…
    3. Yeah, free shitty apartments in shitty buildings in shitty cities, yay. Housing insanity is so deeply ingrained in Russia, you still can’t just go and buy land and build a house and will it to your kids. Land ownership is a mess, scaring away investors, housing shortages everywhere, corruption up to the eyeballs.
    4. Yeah, guaranteed…ah, you know what? Fuck it. Love the USSR, if you like. It collapsed for a good reason.

    People don’t value free shit. Partially because free shit usually sucks, but also because it’s human nature.

    Best part: none of the free shit was really free.

    P.S., what happened to #7 and #8?

    • Replies: @Alden
    , @Mao Cheng Ji
  50. Svigor says:

    “Free” housing, “free” medical care, “free” education, “free” gas, and zero actual freedom.

  51. Svigor says:

    Isn’t that a good thing? That’s why there’s been much less Cuban immigration to the US compared to other neighboring countries such as Mexico. If a Castro had taken over Mexico, there’d be much less Mexican immigration to the US.

    Leaving aside the fact that Castro was too much of a pussy to handle his actual criminals, yeah, it was great for the Cubans. What was I thinking?

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  52. Svigor says:

    When the Boliviars rid South America of the Spanish Empire, their standard of living was greatly reduced. The only thing gained was independence, and self determination – the horror.

    You people are morons. WTF does that have to do with Cuba?

    Self-determination? The Cubans self-determined a prison for a country?

    Are you people just bored (and thus, beneficiaries of inherited wealth)? Is that why you embrace stupidity so enthusiastically?

  53. Svigor says:

    Burn in Hell, Castro.

  54. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Svigor

    Aside from the Mariel boat lift, I think Castro generally dealt with criminals firmly and handled them quite easily. He also threw the homosexuals in prison and quarantined them when AIDs broke out.

    I meant wasn’t it a good thing for the US? Since it limited Cuban immigration to the US. Prohibiting immigration requires other countries being de facto prisons, so Castro’s rule was positive from the perspective of limiting or prohibiting immigration into the US from Cuba. If Mexico and other Latin American countries had been ruled by similar leaders, there would’ve been hardly any Latin American immigration into the US.

  55. @Avery

    Thank you Avery for putting the record straight and for putting the idiot jassman in his place. Let’s hope his music is of better quality than his historical knowledge. Perhaps Mensa should take a closer look at this mental-midget who is giving them a very bad name.

    • Agree: Che Guava
  56. Alden says:
    @Che Guava

    The great hero of empty vessel liberals and useful idiots massacred gay Cubans in the 1960s, 20 years before the AIDS epidemic.

    My knowledge of the massacres by Che Guevera comes from an empty vessel liberal useful idiot member of the Venceremos Brigades who was in Cuba when Guevera was murdering thousands of gays

    The Venceremos brigades were young American leftists who went to Cuba in the 60s and 70s ostensibly to help with the sugar cane harvest but actually to learn revolutionary tactics and strategies.

    My empty vessel liberal useful idiot friend was there in Cuba and witnessed it.

    An empty vessel liberal is a liberal whose brain is totally empty and fills with any liberal cause their college professors and cause people pour into it.

    Nowadays they are rioting for BLM. When I was young they joined the Venceremos brigades and went to Cuba ostensibly to work on the sugar cane harvest but actually to learn how to overthrow our government and turn America into a communist hell hole.

    I always laughed at the guys who went to Cuba. Just think of those rich kid Ivy League sissies trying to swing a machete to cut sugar cane. Most of them had never washed a car mowed a lawn or even loaded a dishwasher in their lives

    My citation is an eye witness. He approved. The problem with gays is that they might form some sort of separatist group instead of total mindless conformist worship of Castro ala N.Korea

    Of course at the time gays were not yet on the empty vessel liberal useful idiot approved list of causes

    In fact gays and blacks were at war because gay men are often out and about at night when the black muggers are also out and about. Gay men were considered racist because they traveled in groups and often carried guns to protect themselves from the black predators who hunted in the gay entertainment neighbors at night

    There was also the issue of gays buying houses in black neighborhoods fixing them up and making those neighborhoods safe again.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @Che Guava
  57. Alden says:
    @Svigor

    Isn’t the Russian hospital system pay as you go? Don’t patients and their families have to keep bribing Drs nurses pharmacists etc to get the treatment they are supposed to get?

  58. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Alden

    Communist countries were and are spiritually healthier than the contemporary Culturally Marxist US and its allies. Homosexuals were viewed by communist countries as bourgeois degeneracy and decadence. They are also a threat to public health, both biological and memetic, and major disease vectors.

    • Replies: @Alden
    , @Authenticjazzman
  59. Alden says:
    @Anonymous

    You are certainly right about the health problems caused by gays. I know that as early as the 1950s San Francisco and Los Angekes gays had the highest rates of STDs in the country

    What is really bad about gay male STDs is that a lot of them are bi sexual and there diseases seep into the heterosexual population.
    Ever heard of venereal warts and venereal mushrooms? They are gay diseases that spread to the hetero population. Venereal warts are very very dangerous to pregnant women. And it was gay men who more or less created both the warts and mushrooms. AIDS is a syndrome, not a specific disease. And it was created during the 20th century in the gay bathhouses and by gay prostitues. Then there is genital herpes another gay plague they spread to the rest of the population

  60. Alden says:

    Latest news from the funeral orgies in Cuba. Castors ashes will rest for a day at Che Guevera’s mausoleum. Mausoleum!!!

    Oh well, what can one expect of mass murderer worshipping communist countries. I mean look at Lenin’s pagan display in Russia How many millions were murdered by Lenin and his (( )) henchmen between 1917 and 1924.

    There is an old French saying that reasonable men apply to idealists
    “Don’t listen to what he says, watch what he does” But empty vessel liberals only listen, and don’t watch what their heroes actually do.

    • Replies: @Anon
  61. @Svigor

    1. With every doctor wishing he could escape the Soviet prison…
    2. And yet, all the bright people wanted to escape…

    First of all, not “every” and not “all the” – only few “wanted to escape”.

    And second, who cares what they wanted? The society invested in their education for the benefit of the whole society, and so they must stay; such are the rules.

    Bright and not so bright people in the west dream of robbing a bank and getting away with it. But if they try, they’ll probably get shot. These are the rules here. So, why don’t you rant rave and ramble against these rules a bit, for a change?

  62. Anon • Disclaimer says:
    @Alden

    Now let’s talk about other masoleums like ‘Lincoln’s pagan display’ built by Christian Americans or French Pantheon, or else. These barbarians like Lincoln, Danton and the ridiculous kings of the West killed much more millions of their own citizens. When we hear western blasphemies on Russia, we express no surprise. We despise you to the extent we don’t point fingers. You can only envy Russian superiority in almost every human aspect, and bark in public yet weep privately, since yours are only grief and gnashing of teeth.

    • Replies: @Alden
  63. @Anonymous

    ” Communist countries were and are spiritually healthier than the contemporary culturally Marxist US and its allies”

    Total nonsense.

    I visited several communist countries long before the fall of the Berlin wall, and the nightmarish visions still remain with me.
    I can vividly recall the morbid atmosphere, the “morgue” feeling of the cities, the depressed, disheartened, downtrodden inhabitants lacking a minute spark of enthusiasm, shabbily dressed and ungroomed, with dead eyes, and more or less waiting til it is all over.

    You ignorant communist apologists, none of which have ever observed a communist “workers paradise” from the inside, have no clue as to what you are blathering about, and your romanticizing of the most oppressive system ever to have been devised is absolute proof of your cluelessness.

    Authenticjazzman, “Mensa” Society member of forty-plus years and pro jazz artist.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  64. Quoting Alden :

    “I don’t like jazz”

    So what, there are millions of people who love it.

    Authenticjazzman, “Mensa” Society member of forty-plus years and pro jazz artist.

  65. Che Guava says:
    @Alden

    Oh rilly?

    Any documentation to support it?

    You are a fool, the targets for murder were Batista loyalists, and for torture, Christians.

    • Replies: @Alden
  66. Sam J. says:
    @Born_in_the_USSR

    I believe the US could easily afford all the services of the USSR if we limited them to the quality of that that existed in the USSR.

    I do agree that we fall behind doing many things that we could.

    • Replies: @Born_in_the_USSR
  67. Che Guava says:
    @Che Guava

    I am glad to have upset you, since like many other intelligent posters on this site agree, your bullshit is transparent.

  68. @Sam J.

    US can afford zero homelessness, zero unemployment, 100% free healthcare, 100% free education at any level, virtually free heating (to name a few) for everyone at the same time right now?
    Don’t make my sleepers laugh.
    Rich and super rich in this country (roughly 1% of the population) will never allow this to happen. Nevertheless, regarding the quality of the services. When young (wo)man attended medical school in the USSR, (s)he planned to heal people because knew in advance that doctors were not paid too good in the USSR. The same young (wo)man attending medical school in the US plans to make money. Because medical services in the US is a business on the first place (i.e., money making machine no matter what you do.) In the USSR medical services had never been a business! Now, put yourself in the patient shoes: which kind of a doctor would you prefer to take care of your health? Think about it…

    • Agree: Mao Cheng Ji
  69. Alden says:
    @Che Guava

    I’m not a Wikepedia researcher. If an eye witness account is not enough that means you are a communist ideologue on a par with William Duranty.

    Interesting that empty vessel liberals like you will believe random Wikepedia nonsense and the New York Times but not eye witnesses.

    • Replies: @Che Guava
    , @Che Guava
  70. Alden says:
    @Anon

    Wow, I didn’t realize how many deluded communists post on Unz. A symptom of your delusion is that you can’t tolerate any critism of mass murdering communists.

    • Replies: @Mao Cheng Ji
  71. Alden says:
    @Mao Cheng Ji

    Castro did not change history at all. He conquered one small island and held onto power for 56 years. He harborEd a few, very few Anerican black revolutionaries and criminals. He sent revolutionary troops to various S American countries who killed a lot of people and garnered a lot of press from the leftist press but did not conquer any other country than Cuba.
    A lot of useful idiots worship him, but his main achievement was holding onto power so long using the same murderous means as his fellow dictators Stalin Mao and Kim Jung of N Korea did. If you knew anything about the economic relations of Russia and Cuba between 1960 and 1990 you would know that Cuba was nothing more than a welfare dependency of Russia all those years.

    • Replies: @Mao Cheng Ji
  72. @Alden

    The problem is, there’s no criticism, just the usual mindless anti-communist blabber. Try actual criticism sometime… But I doubt that you can; you sound like your head is completely clogged with “mass murdering”, “deluded”, and similar ‘criticisms’…

  73. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Authenticjazzman

    You’re confusing the natural Eastern European disposition and custom with communism. Eastern Europeans tend to be dour and serious, and it’s not the custom there to be constantly smiling and fawning to strangers like a homosexual or a mentally disabled fool, like it is in the US.

    • Replies: @Authenticjazzman
  74. @Alden

    Well, you definitely have the right to an opinion, no matter how incredibly stupid, like the one in which Castro “did not conquer any other country than Cuba” (what the hell does it even mean?)

    Nevertheless, Castro will remain the symbol of resistance to Yankee imperialism; nuff said.

  75. @Anonymous

    “You’re confusing the natural Eastern European disposition and custom with communism”

    Nonsense, my wife is Hungarian and I am most certainly more versed in eastern and western European customs and dispositions than you are as I have dwelled and travelled for decades in Europe.

    You simply have no clue as to what you are talking about.

    Authenticjazzman, “Mensa” Society member of forty-plus years and pro jazz artist.

  76. anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Authenticjazzman

    I thought your wife was German?

    https://www.unz.com/article/obamas-victory-lap/?highlight=wife+german#comment-1635158

    Not that it really matters, of course.

    • Replies: @Authenticjazzman
  77. Che Guava says:
    @Alden

    I never check Wikipedia, except on closed tech. standards for work, but only as a last resort, if I can’t find any other source.

    It would interest me to hear why you assume I get my information and, at times, knowledge from there, since I don’t.

  78. Che Guava says:
    @Alden

    empty vessel liberals

    a. I do not like the modern US definition of ‘liberal’ and sure do not fit it.

    Won’t bother with b., it should be obvious that my user name here is purely intended as mockery.

  79. Che Guava says:
    @Authenticjazzman

    Why don’t you drop the Mensa crap?

    Everybody here can see that you are far short of a 5-watt bulb in a large room.

    You likely are a talented musician, fans at Unz would like to hear some examples. Offer some?

    • Replies: @authenticjazzman
  80. @anonymous

    ” I thought your wife is German”

    She is a German citizen, she was however born in Hungary. My son was born in Germany.

    Authenticjazzman, “Mensa” society member since 1973, and pro jazz artist.

  81. @Che Guava

    “Offer some examples” : ( of my music)

    Pearls before xxxxxx, don’t hold your breath.

    ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

    Authenticjazzman, “Mensa” society member of forty-plus years and pro jazz artist.

    • Replies: @donut
  82. Flavius says:
    @Chris Bridges

    Thank you for a definitive rebuttal of a credulous load of nonsense.
    If Escobar’s piece was designed to burnish his journalist cred, three words – forget about it! If I have to endure one more time the evidence free agitprop about the 600 whatever assassination attempts, I think I’m going to throw whatever is delivering the bullshit down a flight of stairs. My guess is that excepting one or two amateurish attempts by our CIA, the remaining ‘attempts’ were stories the regime concocted to justify liquidating troublesome impediments to its phony revolution. Some revolution: 3 generations of oppressive misery under the thumb of a contemptible jackass whose mental instability eventually made itelf apparent even to the Soviets.

    • Replies: @Mao Cheng Ji
  83. Alden says:

    Has anyone figured out what the title means? Unlike Castro, Lenin did change history. The title mentions the White House but the article is all about Cuba.

    But one doesn’t expect sense logic and coherence from useful idiots like Escobar

  84. @Flavius

    My guess is that excepting one or two amateurish attempts by our CIA, the remaining ‘attempts’ were stories the regime concocted

    Huh. And how did you arrive at this amazing guess, may I ask? Did you study the Church Comte report? Declassified CIA documents? Memoirs of Richard Helms and other CIA bosses and agents?

  85. donut says:
    @authenticjazzman

    You know what authenticjazzman ? You are about as authentic as Naugahyde . Here is some real jazz you you room temperature IQ windbag :

    Bear down , push hard and don’t flush because that plopping sound is your Mensa qualification , fish it out and save it for desert . And then you can do the pimp roll over to

    http://verysmartbrothas.com/

    Where they might buy your sorry story . Oh and if you see Truth over there give him our love .

    • Replies: @Authenticjazzman
  86. @donut

    I really do not give a damn what you think of myself, got it.

    Authenticjazman, “Mensa” society member since 1973, and pro jazz artist.

    • Replies: @donut
  87. @Authenticjazzman

    I wonder if your syncopatic arrogance is result of some pro- jazzgenetic disorder, or we are talking here about irregular mensatruation cycles?

    Maybe you should be more relaxed on this forum;after all, you ain’t auditioning for the Cotton Club anymore…

    • Replies: @Authenticjazzman
  88. donut says:
    @Authenticjazzman

    OOH , Authenticjizzman really ? What are you going to do beat me up ? I think not . You think that you can come in here and talk shit ? And what ? that no one would dare to respond ? Scold me and put me in my proper place ? I as a rule only mock our host who has the good sense to ignore me or I hope get a laugh out of my posts . But you jizz boy and your cohort “Boredidentity ” can f**k off because being anonymous I can f**k with you too my hearts content . And I will . F**k “Authenticjizzman” I think I will call “Plop Plop” from now , would that be ok ? Yours Truly the Authenticholeinthehole .

  89. @bored identity

    HÁ HA HA HA HA HA HA

    Great mirth, on the 225 anniversary of Amadeus Mozart’s passing.

    Would rather be auditioning for Bakers keyboard lounge or Mintons playhouse.

    Authenticjazzman, “Mensa” society member of forty-plus years and pro jazz artist

  90. Che Guava says:
    @Chris Bridges

    I must add, that in Las Vegas, the state govt. and gambIng commisioners seem to have made sure there were some benefits to, themselves first, but also to residents of Nevada.

    This was never the case in the days of Batista in Cuba.

  91. Gg Mo says:

    “And second, who cares what they wanted? The society invested in their education for the benefit of the whole society, and so they must stay; such are the rules.” Mao Cheng Ji

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