How Democracy Works in Cuba


If you live in any of these countries, and
by these countries I really mean this country, it may come as a shock to you that Cuba is not a
totalitarian dictatorship ruled by a single person. In fact, Cuba has a very interesting system
of participatory democracy that I’m going to explain to you in this video. Thank you to the Swedish-Cuban Organisation
in Gothenburg for helping me with this video. It’s been very helpful to be able to talk
to Cubans actually born and raised in Cuba. Alright, let’s start off with the Cuban
Constitution. The Cuban Constitution was a result of thousands
of broad discussions in advisory meetings, involving more than 6 million citizens, which
was practically the entire adult population of Cuba at the time. The draft for this Constitution was to be
either rejected or accepted via a popular referendum. The referendum had turnout of 98%, and
out of those 98%, 97,7% voted to accept the new constitution. This almost unanimous agreement was a result
of the previous broad discussions, which resulted in 16,000 amendment suggestions. Cuba has 169 municipal assemblies, and each
one has an election every two and a half years. Every fifth year, three months after the municipal
elections, there is an election to the Cuban parliament – the National Assembly of People’s
Power – as well as to the 14 province assemblies. All Cuban elections have had turnouts of over
95% ever since 1976. It is not a requirement for you to be a member
of the Communist party of Cuba to vote or to be elected to any position, and the Communist
Party does not propose, support nor elect any candidates. In fact, the Party doesn’t participate in
the elections at all. “No one here has gone to an election and
been presented a ballot paper and told, these are the Party members for whom you have to
vote, nor is anyone nominated for being a Party member, this element can perhaps be
invoked as a reflection of leadership, fitting conduct, good performance, or a vocation for
public service, but not because the condition of Party member is established as a requirement
to enter public office in our laws,” says Dr. José Luis Toledo Santander. Anyone over the age of 16 can vote and can
be nominated to be a candidate for election in one of the 169 Municipal Assemblies or
one of the 14 Provincial Assemblies, however you must be at least 18 years old to become
a candidate for a seat in the National Assembly. Neither money nor political parties have a
place in the nomination process. Instead, individuals directly nominate those
who they think should be candidates. As a result, the Cuban Parliament has representatives
from across society, including an exceptionally high proportion of women. 48.9%, to be exact. In comparison, the percentage of women in
the United States House of Representatives is 19.4%. Among all countries, the US is ranked 101st. Out of 196 countries in total. Cuba is number 3, behind only Rwanda and Bolivia. Fun fact: Saudi Arabia has a higher percentage
of women in its legislative assembly than the United States does. Furthermore, 88% of Cubans participate in
what is basically a system of direct democracy. The Committees for the Defence of the Revolution
(CDRs) allow anyone over the age of 14 to join, and they meet a minimum of once every
three months to plan the running of the community; including the organisation of public health
campaigns to promote good health and prevent disease; the upkeep of the area in terms of
waste and recycling; the running of voluntary work brigades, and providing the adequate
support to members of the community who are in need of help (for example in the case of
domestic disputes). The CDRs also discuss nationwide issues and legislation and feed back their proposals to the National Assembly and other organs of popular democracy. But at the heart of the Cuban democratic system
is the locally elected delegate. Prior to the municipal elections, residents
of all the neighbourhoods of that municipality gather to a meeting in order to nominate candidates. If you’re nominated, you’re free to either
accept or decline the nomination. If several people are nominated, a meeting
appoints a person whom the neighbourhood trust as their candidate via discussion and show
of hands. Up to 8 adjacent neighbourhoods make up a
constituency. Each candidate is presented with a short biography
and photo on an A4 sheet of paper. Election promises or electoral pledges are
forbidden. On election day the elections are conducted
via secret ballot like in most democratic countries. Then a minimum of two and a maximum of eight
candidates from a single constituency are to be elected to the municipal assembly. The polls are guarded by school children and
everyone has the right to monitor the votes being counted. The whole school children thing might seem a bit weird at first, but yes, The ballot boxes are guarded by elementary school children, called pioneers. Elections are very calm and take place on
Sundays so that people can go to vote, and so that pioneers aren’t in school when the
voting is happening. The idea behind this is that when a son, daughter,
nephew, niece, granddaughter, or grandson is taking care of the box, the family spends
the day checking on them to see that they’re behaving well and so on. So the polling station is taken care of by
everyone. The counting of the votes is public and any
citizens who wants can be present. The ballot box is opened, all the ballot papers
are laid out, they are counted and the result is given immediately. So there cannot be any greater transparency. And if that were not enough, the national
electoral commission, once the electoral processes have concluded, conducts random audits of
polling stations. So let’s say you won your local municipal election Congratulations! You now get to join the Municipal Assembly,
which will choose from among its members a president, a vice president, and appoint a
secretary. As an elected representative, you don’t
receive a special wage, but you also don’t have to pay for related expenses out of your
own pocket. You remain at your normal job, carrying out
the civic duties in own time. The duties of a delegate are many and varied
and the role is demanding, requiring an understanding of public policy and finance, business and
administration, and the ability to negotiate, explain, motivate and lead. And because you’re known to almost every
one of your electors, and you live among them, people will call on you at all hours of the
day and night with all manner of problems, ranging from broken water pipes to broken
hearts. Delegates carry out the inspection and monitoring
of services provided by the Municipal administration, and of the factories, shops and businesses
in their area. The National Assembly is practically the parliament of Cuba. Out of the Assembly’s 612 seats, exactly
50% consists of nominated delegates from mass organisations (namely the CDRs, the Women’s
Federation, the trade unions, the Students’ Association, and the Association of Small
Farmers) and 50% Municipal delegates. The elections to the National Assembly take
place every five years at the same time as the Provincial Assembly elections. Deputies in the National Assembly are from
all walks of life and like municipal deputies they do not receive a special wage for being
deputies. The National Assembly is responsible for electing
the 31-body Council of State, which is the governing body of Cuba, like a Prime Minister’s
Cabinet. It contains one President of the Council of
State, whom you can think of as the prime minister of Cuba, as well as 6 vice presidents,
a secretary, and 23 additional members. Can everyone vote? Yes, if you were born in Cuba you are automatically
registered to vote. There is no need for you or your parents to
do any paperwork or pay any tax. You can vote in all elections when you turn
16 and you can also participate in local elections. Once you turn 18 you can also run for a seat
in the National Assembly. Will everyone know who I voted for? Will the secret police come get me if I vote
for someone the government doesn’t like? No, voting is done via secret ballot, so no
one knows who you voted for except you. Do I have to vote? If you don’t want to, then no you
don’t have to. Voting is completely voluntary. If I’m super rich, can I spend all my millions
promoting candidates that I like? No, it is illegal to spend money promoting
candidates. Candidates’ biographies and their reasons
for standing are simply displayed on local notice boards so that every candidate receives
the same exposure. Political parties are permitted in Cuba, however
they are not allowed to nominate or campaign for candidates. This includes the Cuban Communist Party which
is forbidden by law from interfering in the electoral process. Wait hang on, if the Communist Party can’t
nominate candidates to the elections, what the heck is the point of it? The Cuban Communist Party is really a product
of Cuban history. The Cuban Communist Party traces its ideological
roots to the Cuban Revolutionary Party founded by Cuba’s national hero, José Martí, in
exile in New York in 1882. Its purpose was to free Cuba from Spanish
rule by uniting into a single party all those who wanted Cuban self-determination. Following the 1959 Revolution which swept
out the US-backed dictator Fulgencio Batista, Cuba’s progressive forces began a process
of uniting into a single party, which finally came to fruition six years later when the
PCC was formed in 1965. Today one in six of Cuba’s eleven million
people are Party members. To become a member of Cuba’s Communist Party,
a person must be first nominated by fellow workers or neighbours and then voted in by
their local branch. A year has to be served as a ‘candidate
member’ before becoming a full member as this brings with it responsibilities and duties,
especially within the local community. To be a member of the PCC is seen as an honour
in Cuba, and members are generally respected as honest and committed revolutionaries. So it’s like a club? Yeah it’s kinda like a club where you help
out your community. Can I win even if I only get 46.1% of the vote? That’s an oddly specific percentage but
no, to be elected, you must receive at least 50% plus 1 of the votes cast. If this doesn’t happen, run-off elections
are held. Once I’m elected, can I become an evil supervillain
and take over the world without anyone to stop me? No. Delegates are required to meet with their
electors at least once every six months for ‘accountability sessions’ where they must
take up issues and problems raised by their constituents and seek solutions. They can be recalled at any time if their
constituents feel that they are failing to perform their role adequately. So if the people who elected you think you’re
doing a bad job, you’re out. So… Why don’t Cubans get to elect their own
President? Well, they do. Just indirectly. Same as the prime minister in the UK or Sweden
or lots of other countries, the leader of the leader of the country is elected by the legislative
assembly. This is because Cuba does not have a presidential
system, merely a semi-parliamentary one. The President of Cuba doesn’t have the power
to make decisions alone, he doesn’t appoint or dismiss ministers, he doesn’t grant
honorific positions or appoint ambassadors. That is to say, all the major decisions are
concentrated in the hands of a large number of elected representatives, not in a single
person. The President of Cuba is a figurehead more
than anything. That said, it is possible for the President
of Cuba to also be the President of the Council of State, meaning one person can be both Head
of State and Head of Government. This makes them less like the figurehead President
of Ireland, and more like the President of the United States, which is also a combination
of Head of State and Head of Government. However, if you wish to become both President
of Cuba and President of the Council of State, you have to be elected to both positions at two separate occasions. If you’re really interested in how to become
President of Cuba, then here is a 5 step guide: 1. Be nominated and approved in a plenary vote
by a social or mass organization; 2. be approved in a municipal assembly vote
3. be elected via direct and secret vote by voters from your electoral district, if you
are not elected at this point you can’t be a deputy;
4. have your nomination be be approved by the National Assembly
5. be elected by deputies via direct and secret vote. 6. Profit Thank you for watching this video, I hope you enjoyed it. If you have more questions about how the Cuban democratic system works, then I have my sources listed in the description down below. If you would also like to give me a small donation as thanks for making this video, since it will most likely be demonetised, as all my videos are demonetised, there is a link to my PayPal.me account in the description as well. You don’t have to, obviously, but it would be greatly appreciated. See you next time.

Maurice Vega

100 Responses

  1. It seems the people here take the "how do you know this is real *literally any evidence then given is replied thats not real its Merica and their evil spies and shit*. I have no horse in this race, and i am not claiming anything its just this comment section, but all of the reports and anacdotes against cuba is instantly an American conspiracy to slander cuba. These same people will quote their anacdotes about how great cuba is. Idk what cubas like ive heard from a cuban irl that its a shithole but 1 anecdote cant be 100% accurate.

  2. Now that sounds all that dandy but He forgot to mention that upwards of 100000 non-combat victims have died at the hands of or the consequence of the cuban regime and revolution. Even today private press is not allowed. So democracy as long as you agree with everybody else… yeeez

  3. Also, the people may pass laws with consent of the consul, which will then be voted on in a simple majority by the people

  4. Excellent video comrade.
    But when you said SaudiArabia had more women involved in governmental positions, I screamed "WHAT THE FUCK" so loud that I woke up my friend's baby hehe. I have not heard that one before, but Ive never looked into it. I'll have to do some more reading, as always!

  5. Very high quality propaganda but we all know that the electoral process is tightly control by the party give me that bullshit about the party not involving

  6. I've been to Cuba. It's a weird country. People (albeit little kids) we're pissing on the streets, and the person guarding arguably the most important place in Cuba, the Capitolio, was armed with a freaking whistle! The buildings are all run down. And there were Propaganda posters everywhere. On the bright side though, the people, I feel were kinda relaxed like life is just way too chill there. I guess it's a country to live if you really don't care about working or improving, just sit back and enjoy life. I don't know anything about politics there, I was only there for 2 days..

  7. Cuba = State run Capitalism in action. The Cuban working class remain wage slaves selling their labour power to the state employer. That is NOT Socialism/Communism.

  8. At least if there's no law making hard for women to get in power I don't see why Cuba having 48% of it's parlament it's something good,Are those women and men in the parlament qualified for the job?

  9. Yes, just ignore the fact that many left because of persecution or were executed for certain reasons. That never happened like just how Indian Relocation and Tienman Square Massacre or any other type of political or cultural genocides never happened. That’s just fake news…..what wrong political party.

  10. Sounds great, but doesn't the government control the media in Cuba? I mean, of course you can argue that capitalism controls what gets seen all around the world under neoliberalism, but at least that's better than just straight up having stuff censored. Like, they don't have most of the great films and games and stuff that we do in capitalist countries, right? Not a "gotcha!" I just want to know if this is true or if this is also propaganda just like the idea that the country is undemocratic.

  11. I think North Korea has a very similar system. Similar voter turnout and everything. Everybody votes for their local representative. Everyone agrees to the same system, nobody talks about any other system. Nobody disagrees, everyone cooperates. Anyone that thinks otherwise has already fled to Florida or in prison. In N Korea they fled to china or S Korea instead of Florida.

    On a side note, if you like classic cars, Cuba has them fully functional from the 50's. Not much of a choice as they cant buy new cars, no money, cant get loans since they default on all loans other countries have stopped giving them loans.

    I like how Rwanda is in the top 3 for women elected. I believe Rwanda is the one with the genocide, or is that the one with the rape as a weapon of war place. It is hard to tell, so many countries there have very similar governments with similar ideas of how to run a genocide.

  12. Yeah, sure, it's democratic, but what's so good about that? Ideally, Cuba should still be a colony of the Spanish Empire. Absolute monarchy is the best system of government.

  13. Wow this is incredible to learn about. As a student in the American education system, we are rarely told the truth about anything. This really opened my eyes.

  14. I came here just for learn. Idk t'hat much about polítics. And ofc Cuba will get bad press by countries Who dislike it. But but. Here in spain all cubano t'hat known talk shit about t'he goverment and the police. And one told me t'hat They had camps of forced labour for gay where it Was written El trabajo os hará hombres. Work will make you Man. Idk if t'hats truth or not. What They say here, They fuked up, there is no freedom of speech, religion or sexuality but They say castro Was good for t'hem at frist years and t'hat Batista Was a nightmare.

  15. The emphasis on 'party' politics is evidently the biggest con of modern day democracy. In America, you can change the party but you can't change the policy so where's the 'democracy' in that?

  16. All of this is true and all of it happens but it doesn't do anything. The national assembly has no executive power and neither does local government. The cdr isn't what this video makes it out to be, the cdr is more like a neighborhood watch/secret service police. The commander in chief is the only real part of the government that has any executive power and ends up being the only one that has any power. The national assembly has most of the legislative power, but it doesn't really have any power to enforce any laws. The biggest problem in Cuba is lack of resources. Like you said, the delegates will call on you at all hours of the day, but you will never have the resources to actually help them. I remember the concrete benches of the park in front of my house always being tore up and broken, they would be fixed every few years and then they would go back to being broken (the committee isn't to blame for this though, people are just assholes and they would break oof pieces for themselves). I also remember a pothole forming in the street at the front of my house when I was seven years old and to this day it has not been repaired. People are really poor in Cuba, you can't advance past local government and get to the national assembly unless you're corrupt or you're part of the party, you can technically do it, but no one has the time or the resources and only militants get to be a part of the national government. Also, said that secret service won't throw in jail for voting against someone they don't like, but the cdr will and does break protests and manifestations. They won't throw in jail but they will beat tf out of you and make sure you never do something crazy again. It happened to "Panfilo", he did a video saying that Cuba needs food and he got in trouble with the government. The way Cuba was set up was the true way socialism should be carried out, with a weak central legislative government so that when the revolution came to be, the government would eventually run its course and not be needed anymore so the nation could be truly communist. But the only position that has any power is the commander in chief. I'm not saying that was necessarily bad for Cuba, but it has made Cuba less democratic at points.

  17. Fascinating video. Not like I thought it was a dictatorship, but what I didn't expect is this is one of the most democratic systems I've ever actually heard of.

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  19. yeah its a paradise — that's why people are strapping trash cans  together to raft over 90 miles of open water —  to escape the Cuban paradise.

  20. I invite you all who believe Cuba is a democracy to go and live there with a salary of 3 dollars a week! And the police after you all the time. And then we can talk about the beauty of democracy in a dictatorship. OMG SHAME ON YOU!

  21. When the "evil communists" are more democratic than the country that tries to "export" democracy to the rest of the world…

  22. This is a grate video but please dont be biased, mention the negatives. Public opposition to the Cuban government has in the past been treated extremely undemocratically with certain journalists being arrested for years for no real reason other than oposition to the government

  23. Aw, so cute. Such a long and detailed explanation, but real life is very different. To the people seeing this from the comfort of your privileged life, if you believe this, you're very gullible. Talk to actual Cubans, real people, not socialist paid promoters and learn something about real life instead.

  24. Wow this is awesome!
    In germany we be like…
    "Yeah democracy is like the best ever… Hang on you don't like the party mix consisting of
    -Neoliberalism with Conservativism and "Christian Value"(let's participate in War)
    -Neoliberalism with EVEN WORSE Conservativism, also catholic
    -Neoliberalism but we were a social party once yay
    -Neoliberalism + Neoliberalism let's "smoothen out" the state some more
    -Neoliberalism with hating Immigrants and good german values (very popular now)
    -Neoliberalism with supposed care for environment (yes I buy organic OWNS TWO CARS AND OFTEN FLIES TO VACCATION) also help manspreading
    -half Neoliberalism,left but torn apart and still pro NATO, social democracy etc.

    I like my choices, such a FREE COUNTRY 😓😓😓
    Now shut up till the next election when we spoon feed you PR crap about stuff we're gonna do that we haven't done in 12 years in power.
    Have faith in the market 🙏🙏🙏

  25. Theoretically the Soviet Union was a democracy too.
    I never trust communist socialist scum.
    Cuba should be liberated from socialism.

  26. Castro’s Cuba legacy is one of firing squads, theft, unimaginable suffering & migrations, poverty and the denial of fundamental human rights. Any individual/government that drives its own citizens into the ocean, risking their lives to escape from their home land, has failed catastrophically. Also, Many countries have much better socialized health care and educational sectors than Cuba, and they did not need firing squads, political assassinations & mass immigrant exodus to impose them nor a police state to keep it.

  27. The U.S. is a republic based on democratic principles. It is not a democracy, and I'm thankful for it! Marxists will never be satisfied until everyone is equal, equally miserable. Theres no room for upward mobility within hierarchies, unless you're in government lol. (Talk about corruption) If you're ok with a stagnant economy, and poor living conditions, then socialism/Marxism may be the right choice lol. Also, anyone want to talk about how venezuala is doing 🤔? The u.s. just hit 3% economic growth. Use the facts on the ground as your basis, not a man from London (karl marx) who never even lived outside of a capitalist society lol.

  28. I’m interested in the Cuban electoral system and have read a copy of the Cuban constitution by the Swedish-Cuban society. But there are points that I question, for example the position of how the leader of the communist party within the National Assembly has almost the same juridical power as the president. A way to expand the political system and open up the political dialogue could be to have economical support to the political parties and to have more media’s/news. I may be wrong on that last part since I have sadly never been to Cuba and have no real idea on the situation of media and free media on Cuba. My major source there is Reporters without borders who claims that Cuba is the least free media nation in Latin America.

    I really hope that Cuba truly is so democratic that you claim in the video but sadly I can’t just dismiss international sources and organisations who works for democracy and free media. That would be hypocritical of me since I use the same sources to denounce the growth of undemocratic movements and nations within Europe and the rest of the world.

    Therefor I hope that I am wrong and that Cuba truly is a form of direct democratic syndicalism, and I hope that Cuba continues on that route and makes an example opposite of what happened to USSR and PRC where they turned authoritarian and later collapsed.

  29. Hey Azure, I have a question. What is the source for the first quote? I found the video for the second quote on vimeo, but I can't seem to find the first one. Can you help me please?

  30. And yet, report after report shows this country in run-down shape, like China. Everyone is apparently adequately fed and has homes, but those homes are in disrepair and lacking proper infrastructure. What good is a vibrant republic if it doesn't provide people with reliable plumbing and electricity?

  31. The national assembly only meets twice a year so can not be an effective check on the executive, as they're not in session to scrutinise the executive.

    Candidates do not declare who they intend to nominate to lead the executive as in traditional parliamentary systems, nor do they directly elect the executive.

    The executive can pass declarations with the force of law withtout the concent on the assembly

    There is only one candidate per position

    The selection of the candidates for different positions is done in public, in which setting people may not act in a way that puts them at odds with the state.

    There is no free press and candidates can not campaign, thus can not propell any ideology or reforms or express peoples grievences

    The cuban system allows people to express consent or repeal withdraw in the government by boycotting or voting against a candidate, but provides no means for regime change or directly removing the government.

    the fact that national assembly votes are all unanomous or almost unanomous despite the state presiding over so many aspects of the economy and life is rediculous. Different scholars pescribe different economic stratedgy and different everything, there is no right way for gov to act and thus there should be debate.

    Should we rely so much on venuzuala for oil or should be try to become more energy independent? To what extent do we combat climate change? Should the dollar be legal tender or should we ban it? What should the national allowance be? At what rate do we build housing? What sectors do we priotitise in education? What proportion of the population do we push into further education? Should canabis be legal? Should euthanasia be legal?

    There are so many different angles to approach so many different issues, the idea that the national assembly sits only twice a year and unanomously votes for government policy is crazy.

  32. I do really like Cuba, their system of government seems pretty okay. I quite dislike their stance on dissent and non-state media though. The CDR's work, the work they do besides beautifying neighborhoods seems kind of… human rights violate-y? Or at the very least, they violate the privacy of a lot of citizens. Idk how to feel about that part.

  33. I always have a laugh at blatant propaganda like this. Yep, one party systems that are secured through military absolute rule are totally fair and democratic and dissent totally isn't punished with maximum force. You can totally take an indoctrinated and oppressed people's word for it. I mean, North Korea has "democratic" right in the name, so they must be a democracy to, right? Right? And China has "free elections", but again, one Party and their President is about to be installed for life. But still, totally democratic. I mean, you only get to choose who the Party approves for you to choose and the "wrong" people will either be disappeared, jailed or banned from running for office for one made up reason or another, but at least you're still getting to vote, RIGHT?!

  34. Cuba is the most democratic country with the opportunity to vote for one party with one representative for each seat. With each representative having been choosen by the party who is solely chosen by the President of Cuba. This top down election with an SPSR system is truly of the people and for the people. Its the capitalists fault that Cubans risk there live to cross 90 miles of thE Atlantic to leave the utopian Cuban democracy.

  35. This is one of a few videos on youtube that is very acurate about Cuba, i´m Cuban and i live in Cuba. NICE VIDEO!!!

  36. Cuba isn't a democracy. It has one of the highest rates of imprisoned journalists in the world (In 2008 in was second only to China), it has one of the strictest censorship regulation systems, comparable to DPRK, political parties are legal but heavily suppressed giving only a facade of multi-party democracy and the regime is widely reported by independent human rights NGOs of using arbitrary detention against its political opponents.

    I am glad Castro overthrew the Batista regime, the former was an oppressive human rights abusing dictator. Castro has brought free, albeit poor quality, healthcare to the Cuban people, improved literacy rates and enabled greater redistribution of wealth. However lets not pretend it is a democracy. That does a disservice to those oppressed by the lack of political freedoms and civil liberties on this island and is willfully ignorant.

  37. A Cuban President is basically equal to a monarch of an European kingdom. Except that they're elected and actually have less power.

  38. I'm American who has recently been enlightened really about how much I am being mistaught. Cuba is more democratic than the USA is a hard realization to come to, I just hope my fellow brothers and sisters of democracy will take back our country.

  39. It's basically a North American version of China… or you can say our CPC is an Asian version of Cuba… salute to Cuban comrades

  40. You don't need money to get elected , so you don't have to do the bidding of the business class . But how can that work , it sounds like real democracy , their must be a lot of unemployed lobbyists in Cuba .

  41. Cuba is so democratic that there is an informer on every block. Is that your idea of democracy? How can you have democracy without a free press? You can't. Go live in Cuba if you think it is so great. You'll be coming back soon.

  42. Uh the council of state is not the cabinet it's the standing body of the national assembly when it's not in session.

  43. Hey listen here dude I'm a cuban myself and although I usually like your videos this is very very wrong. I would love to go point by point but I really don't have time or the means for it. First of all, you got your information directly from people approved by the government to be diplomats and spread Castrist ideas. I would love to chat with you to tell you my perspective on the lack of democracy in Cuba. I am a marxist myself but I have a deep hatred for the communist party of Cuba

  44. I really like this system and sounds very good, but could someone explain, why on the "The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)" Cuba is still ranked 142? besides that it was probably made by some librals

  45. Cuban democracy sounds very similar to early pre-capitalist conceptions of democracy, except it has managed to not get overthrown.
    And I think we should hold it up as example and let it spur us to go back to the drawing board and actually do the work of figuring out how to scale a similarly democratic model to bigger nations and even possibly supranational organizations. I'm convinced that in my country a similar system would be applicable. And I think a lot of people, even ones who identify as right-leaning, would love it. Can't see it working out for countries like the USA, China or India, sadly.

  46. Ever since I was a kid, I was always taught that Cuba, and basically all communist countries, were totalitarian dictatorships and in Cuba, Fidel Castro was the only man in charge and all dissenters were killed. Now I'm hearing that it's run better than the U.S? Damn. Good job Cuba.

  47. What a charade, LOL!! There can be no democracy without free press, you think it is just a ¨coincidence¨ there is not a single opposition newspaper? Let me re-phrase -no opposition, period. Outside of jail, that is. And the same¨comandante¨ (Castro) in charge for over fifty years, who retired due to old age and only then gave up power -to his brother? No independent Judicial party -try suing the government in Cuba, see what happens. Legislative power? Sure, as long as you do what Castro says. How about quality of life? Sure, all the rice and beans you want -as long as you don´t want a lot. Unless you are high enough in the Party, then you have access to a standard of living even poor people in free liberal democracies take for granted. Now, if you really are high up in the party, then you can have a nice standard of living. Very democratic, indeed.

  48. This is the massive difference between Cuba and the DPRK. Obviously the DPRK is shit on multiple levels but the myths surrounding it are stunningly stupid. Here in the states a lotta similar myths and "refugee" stories about Cuba are mad common. Some of the population isn't ass out stupid so they don't buy em and Fidel and Che are folk hero's (while they swallow lies about a guy getting executed with and anti aircraft gun in the DPRK). But a lotta the population believes that Cuba is something VERY different than it actually is and much more like the DPRK.

    The main difference is that the DPRK cut itself off when they got cut off, Cuba stayed connected to much of the world and was always attempting to make new connections. Foreigners were always in the country making smears much more difficult cause the Swedish, German, Italian, Vietnamese, Congolese, Colombian, whatever person who lived and worked in Cuba probably wasn't involved in a conspiracy to make Cuba look better than it is.

    Is it perfect? No. Did Castro do some fuckery that history will not absolve him for? Absolutely. Could it be better? Most definitely. Were there atrocities? Yep, they've even apologized. Will they liberalize and make it all for nothing? Looks like it. But is it what the propaganda has said? Not even close.

    I knew it was all bullshit as soon as I learned about Che's anarchist kid lol

  49. :
    (1) In Cuba, only 1 political party is allowed, the Communist Party
    (2) In all true democracies, there must be multiple parties that compete against each other.
    (3) It impossible for the Communist Party to be voted out of power in Cuba.
    (4) In Cuba, there's no Freedom of the Press.
    (5) In Cuba, there's no Freedom of Association. Cubans cannot form organizations to criticize or reform Cuban Socialism, or to expose corruption or problems.
    (6) Cubans have no liberty to use YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, or the rest of the Internet.

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