From our Bureau of Observations About Socialist Latrine American Totalitarian Hellholes
Political scientists have many ways of defining a “failed state” and various criteria for identifying any government as a failed state. According to some opinions, a communist nation can never be considered a failed state because such a government exercises its authority throughout the territory’s borders, and always has sufficient forces to establish and maintain order.
Never mind such nitpicking. Cuba is an absolute disaster in every conceivable way. Roberto Álvarez Quiñones at Diario de Cuba has identified eighteen criteria for identifying a failed state, and in his opinion, at least fourteen of these are applicable to Cuba.
See if you agree. I think the only criterion that doesn’t apply is number 18.
1) Inability to provide basic services;
2) economic crises, inflation and unemployment;
3) political corruption and judicial inefficiency;
4) high levels of informality and extreme poverty;
5) brain drain, with highly qualified emigration;
6) a large part of the population living in “irregular settlements”;
7) vulnerability to natural disasters;
8) the lack of food supply, access to drinking water and the prevalence of diseases and epidemics;
9) inability to interact with other States as a full member of the international community;
10) high levels of crime, organized crime, and citizen insecurity;
11) low percentages of people with higher education —in Cuba, a great majority of professionals have emigrated, are in the process of doing so, or have the goal of leaving the country
12) need for external economic support such as loans or humanitarian aid;
13) inability to provide sufficient essential services such as health and sanitation;
14) not being able to ensure the minimum conditions of well-being and functioning of normal economic activity.
The four criteria that he doesn’t think apply to Cuba are:
15) overpopulation and contamination; (What defines “overpopulation”? How about lack of housing? for 90% of Cubans?)
16) high levels of terrorism and drug trafficking; (What defines “high levels”? )
17) a large part of the population with incomplete primary or secondary education; (How does one define “incomplete”?
18) loss of physical control of the territory or of the monopoly in the legitimate use of force.
In other words, with the current discourse itself, the Castro State can be classified as a failed one. The bug is easy to find. In the Cuban state prior to 1959, the economy was at the forefront of Latin America, with a per capita income higher than that of several European countries. With communism it became parasitic and without foreign subsidies it cannot survive. Isn’t that a failed state?