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The Ideological Success of Neoliberalism in Cuba

April 29, 2012

Yenisel Rodriguez Perez

HAVANA TIMES, April 29 — The economic and social failure of

neoliberalism is an established fact. In the economic sphere it has led

the world into a deep crisis, while socially it has generated greater

inequality than any previous economic model.

These effects are reported daily by the official Cuban media.

Despite this, we know that the Cuban government has affected a

neoliberal shift in its reform policies.

Nonetheless, even today it's difficult to find a direct connection

between the socioeconomic "reforms" implemented by the government and

fundamentals of international neoliberalism.

The similarities, which clearly exist, fail to form a definite pattern

of neoliberal-style economic and social policy.

This is why it's so difficult to follow the economic moves of the

political elite in their desperate retreat toward the deregulation of

the .

However at the ideological level, this complicity is apparent. It's at

this level that neoliberalism has become hegemonic in Cuba.

The ideological foundations of neoliberalism have achieved a tremendous

success in the sphere of the government on the island.

The authorities have proclaimed the deregulation of Cuba's economy as

inevitable, as they quietly accept the consolidation of inequality as

well as decreased social spending and the renunciation of full

employment as a goal.

These are basic principles of neoliberalism, ones reflected by measures

which they say should guide economic policy over the times to come.

The government is convinced that neoliberalism has won the ideological

battle on the field of international relations, despite its economic and

social failures.

Because of this they are paving the way for a future of the radicalized

application of its principles of economic deregulation and social


Given this, the proposed real alternatives to the neoliberal model will

remain the responsibility of the Cuban people and non-official social

movements that are consolidating themselves across the country.

Those on top will continue to sell out the country to the highest

bidder, which will always be some empire at the world scale.

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