Monday, August 01, 2005

Socialism in Action in Venezuela

Webster's dictionary defines socialism as "a system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state." In this respect, socialism is incompatible with the dignity and freedom of the individual.

This is evident from a recent trade between Venezuela, which is heading towards socialism, and Cuba, which is far beyond it. You wouldn't know it from mainstream media, but Fidel Castro has ordered 20% of Cuba's doctors to go to Venezuela, where they are "on loan" to Venezuela. By the end of the year, Castro has promised 30,000 health care workers to Venezuela. In exchange, Venezuela ships 90,000 barrels of oil each day to Cuba. Those unhappy with the transaction include: (1) Cubans who claim the health care of the island is suffering; (2) the Cuban doctors, twenty of whom have defected from Venezuela to Florida; (3) suddenly unemployed Venezuelan doctors; and (4) anyone who respects the dignity and freedom of the individual human being.

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