Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Friday, June 21, 2002

One man's Stalinist thugocracy is another man's democracy. The Ap somehow reported this with all due seriousness not using scare quotes at any of the appropriate points.

The president of Cuba's parliament equated socialism with democracy Thursday as he received more than 8 million signatures collected for a constitutional change declaring that the island's socialist system is ``untouchable.''

They report this without any hint that it is such a blatant sham that I am sure even Jimmy Carter may be able to spot it. Whether he would admit it is another issue.

``Only socialism offers the possibility of a real democracy; today is a historic day,'' Alarcon said after receiving boxes of signatures representing more than 99 percent of Cuba's legal voters. The boxes arrived in 23 vehicles, each identified with the name of a different province. ``We are sure that this effort will be welcomed and backed by a genuinely popular assembly,'' Alarcon said. Cuba's mass organizations, which are tied to the country's ruling Communist Party, orchestrated the signature drive over three days, ending Tuesday.

By the way, I love how socialism (supposedly in the European model, I would assume) is interchangable with Stalinist Communism, which then becomes the only way to democracy.

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