Chuck the Libertarian continues:
For all your railing against capitalism and in favor of socialism/Communism, the best controlled experiment we’ve had for that is East versus West Germany. Remember, it was the East German government who had to build a wall to keep their people from spilling out of the country. The only difference was the communist totalitarian regime and the lack of economic and personal freedom that entails.
That Berlin Wall was put up due to brain drain. The East Germans were fleeing a Communist East Germany for a socialist West Germany. It was mostly the smartest who were leaving, mostly to make more money. People like money. And many West German Leftists moved to East Germany in the early days.
I’m not so big on Communism. It’s got a ton of problems, but it was able to do some things well. For instance, in Latin America, Cuba has provided electricity, plumbing, decent housing, access to transportation, good clothing, plenty of food, work for everyone.
Cuban medical care is better than the medical care in capitalist Latin America. Cubans live longer and have lower infant mortality rates than other Latin Americans. The health care is so great that the rich of Latin America, usually very rightwing people, fly to Cuba from all over the continent to have specialty work done that’s not available in their country.
Cuban education beats education in the rest of Latin America. With 2% of the population, Cuba has 10% of the scientists. The have more agronomists per capita than anywhere else in Latin America.
Capitalism in Latin America in general has utterly failed to do any of these things.
They have not been able to:
- Provide electricity for all of their people. Even Argentina has not wired up the whole country. The Indian areas of the northeast lack electricity.
- Provide plumbing and sewage treatment for all their people. Even Mexico does not provide it for 27% of the population.
- Provide decent housing for all their people. Horrible shantytowns are everywhere.
- Provide access to transportation for everyone. For many, the only transportation is on foot.
- Provide good clothing for their people. Many people are barefoot or practically dressed in rags. In videos of Cuba, one thing you notice is that everyone is dressed in nice, modern clothing.
- Provide food for all their people. Cuba has a malnutrition rate of 2%, the lowest in Latin America. Even in Argentina, recently 50 children a day were dying of malnutrition. Even Costa Rica has 7% malnutrition. Capitalism in Latin America has failed in the worst possible way – it can’t even feed it’s own people.
- Provide jobs for everyone. Cuba has full employment. Mass unemployment is typical in Latin America.
If neoclassical economics works so great, why can’t it provide food, jobs, electricity, plumbing, decent clothing and housing and transportation for the people of this land? Why has neoclassical economics failed so badly compared to Cuba in terms of health care and education?
If you go to the rural areas of Cuba, you will see an interesting thing. Everywhere you go, you will see happy, healthy, well-fed, well-clothed children. In general, you will not see this in the rural areas of most other Latin American countries. Why can’t neoclassical economics provide for children the way the Cubans do?
In Latin America, it looks like neoliberalism is nothing but a massive fail.