Monday, November 3, 2008

What Ever Happened to the Revolution?

As our election, like a glacier, grinds to the goal-line, we can be justifiably heartened to see the world so captivated by the spectacle of representative democracy. Parliamentary democracy is by far the world's more popular brand, but it just lacks that American drama of the direct election of a head of state once every four years.

But what has become of Democracy's mortal enemy? Marxist Socialism, which, if you are talking to a good number of Americans, is anything left of a shop-floor union meeting. Even that is stretching it.

James Reynolds has a solid, if rather staid, diary of living in China for the BBC. He has recently vacationed in Cuba, and has a comparison of the way of life in these two "Communist" nations.

As we approach the fiftieth anniversary of the Cuban Revolution, surely we can find some way to extend a hand across the straight. But then again, Cuban Anti-Communists in the United States are among the most ardent in the world.