Cuba’s ‘president’ vows no economic freedom as Castro dictatorship tightens noose on private businesses

As we have said so many times before here, the more things change in Cuba, the more they stay the same.

Miguel Diaz-Canel, the Castro dictatorship’s puppet president, vowed on Tuesday that there will never be any economic freedom in Cuba. Communism will forever reign supreme and the state will remain as the master of an enslaved population (via Yahoo/AFP):

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Tuesday said that while reforms loom in the Communist country, they would not be an embrace of capitalism.

Cuba is set to adopt constitutional reforms that will recognize private property and the market economy, to update its legal system.

Yet it does not want to abandon socialism, which in Cuban terms values health care and education but also frowns upon differences in personal wealth.

“In Cuba, there is not going to be, and there will not be, shifts to capitalism or concessions of any kind to those who would like to, in 1,000 different ways, move us away from historical … policies of the revolution,” Diaz-Canel, 58, said in an address.

“Simply expect from us efforts and decisions aimed at fighting, uniting, … and winning, he told the crowd.

About the best a Cuban slave of the Castro regime can hope for is to sell a few trinkets here and there to his or her fellow slaves. There will, however, be no “capitalism,” which is a communist’s way of saying there will be no economic freedom or any other other freedom, for that matter.

For Cubans who have already ventured out on their own in an effort to improve their lives by opening up a small business, the Castro dictatorship is tightening the noose around their necks (via Deutsche Welle):

In the future, the granting of licenses, particularly for the most requested economic activities, will require a written request, including an affidavit stating the origin of the funding and the investment necessary to start the business.

In addition, Cubans will be allowed to pursue only one private economic activity. “There are some workers who run a cafeteria and at the same time have a manicure or car wash business or make shoes, which won’t be possible,” said Deputy Labor Minister Marta Elena Feito to the state online portal  Cubadebate.

The reasoning behind the measures, which Feita claims will affect around 9,000 self-employed workers, appears to be the prevention of the concentration of wealth.

“How many workers did these 9,000 entrepreneurs hire and how many families live off the shops, which may now have to close?” journalist Oniel Díaz commented on the online portal OnCuba. “The number of people affected is obviously higher.”

At the risk of repeating ourselves, the more things change in Cuba, the more they stay the same.