Why King Raul fears Cuba’s entrepreneurs

King Raul has put the brakes on his “privatization” charade.

He promises that this latest ploy of his is only temporary, and that some time in the future “privatization” might continue.

Yeah.  Sure.  No word on when that might happen.

The Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba sheds some light on King Raul’s fear of entrepreneurs.

‘Despacito’ and in reverse

As a strong expression that Castro’s military leadership is not interested in the well-being of the people he claims to represent, Raúl Castro suspended the delivery of new licenses to work independently in 32 types of businesses that generate products and services throughout the country. Temporarily or definitively, the general reduced the professions, from 201 to 169.

With its Venezuelan patron immersed in the worst crisis of its history, with less oil on the island, reduced subsidies, and with a new economic recession around the corner, the dictator far from giving greater economic freedom to Cubans, does the complete opposite. It shows that its slogan “without hurry but without pauses” aims to prevent the emergence of a thriving private sector, precisely the only engine that can take Cuba out of its prostration, backwardness and misery.

It does not matter that the private initiative is the engine of any economy. They do not want to see reality. In Cuba itself, the evidence on the superiority of the private sector in all senses overwhelms.  The private sector has already created more jobs on the island than the Marxist-Leninist state. In addition, it is necessary to increase the private accommodation capacity in order to increase the arrival of tourists to the country.

Why is this stampede occurring? Two seem to be the main reasons:

  • The military mafia that controls the country does not want competition from private businesses as it could not compete with them;
  • General Raul Castro fears that with the inherent efficiency of the free market, Cuban entrepreneurs can become a thriving business network capable of putting pressure not only for economic freedoms but also political and social.

It is true that in China and in Vietnam that has not been so. But the few intellectuals who are now part of the Castro nomenklatura have an argument about it: it is one thing to live in the Far East, with its authoritarian and paternalistic Confucian tradition, not at all democratic, and it’s another thing is to live geographically in the midst of Western liberal democracy, 140 kilometers from the US, and with hundreds of thousands of “worm” residents traveling to the island every year.

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