My poor daughter made the mistake of asking me why socialism doesn't work.
Somewhere between the first roll of her eyes and the time she fell asleep , I told her that it goes against human nature. And since it does, the only hope is to change man, which can only be done through religion. The problem is, that they can't change man with their religion, the Cult of the Absurd, so instead they try to change behavior through brutality, fear and repression.
She's scarred and scared today.
But she learned a valuable lesson, never ask me for my opinion on socialism , communism or just about any ism.
Case in point:
Why is the Cuban Tourist Industry Tanking?
The official story from the Cult of the Absurd is of course to blame the US embargo. The new thing is to blame the effect civilization is having on the planet: Global Warming. See, they reason that Europe was so warm this winter..(how warm was it ?) so warm that European tourists didn't feel the need to travel to the tropical island to escape the cold.
The Nuevo Herald says otherwise:
But internal MinTur documents obtained by El Nuevo Herald, independent experts and tourism-sector workers on the island show there are other serious problems not mentioned by MinTurMost of Cuba's tourism facilities were built in the 1990s and have received little maintenance since then, said a MinTur official who asked for anonymity out of fear of government punishment.
''The structure created for years in the tourism industry is crumbling piecemeal,'' the employee said. ``Tourism in Cuba is headed for chaos and it will take years to revert the present situation.''''What's happening in tourism is a reflection of a behavior that has spread nationwide,'' said dissident economist Oscar Espinosa Chepe on the phone from Havana. ``People are disgusted with the economic situation at home, workers don't take pride in their work and inertia corrupts the entire organization.''Also affecting tourism was the Cuban government's decision in late 2004 to effectively increase the value of its currency by 20 percent, making foreigners' hotel stays and meals in Cuba that more expensive.
But fear not, Socialism has a remedy for the tourist industry:
A new slogan!:
''total change in the philosophy of promotion and advertising for the island,'' and in January unveiled a campaign named ''Viva Cuba,'' designed to present a new image of the country, at the International Tourism Fair in Madrid.
Here's an idea:
Let's try "Viva Cuba LIBRE"; not a slogan, not a drink, but the real thing. And the rest, will take care of itself.
I apologize for the tone of this post. My prescription will be ready around noon.
..and for some hysterical "Why my Cuban vacation sucked" stories check out http://tomasestradapalma4today.blogspot.com/