a brief flame...

Brad De Long delong at econ.Berkeley.EDU
Tue Jul 7 16:36:13 PDT 1998

>Cuba would be the one glaring exception to this general rule, in both
>counts. Any thoughts on what sets apoart the Cuban Secretary Generals
>from their counterparts? It seems to me that it makes a big difference
>wether the S. G. get to power through a homegrown revolution or riding
>on top of Red Army tanks.

It does. It is. It is no accident that Cuba has been the kindest and gentlest of Communist regimes (save for Allende).

I have not yet seen a good unscrambling of how much of Cuba's less-than-standard-relative-regress was due to Soviet subsidies: the collapse of the Cuban economy and of many Cuban social achievements after the end of the Soviet Union suggests a lot...

I am told (by my Cuban exile aunt) that Havana in the 1950s and early 1960s looked about as prosperous as San Juan...

Brad DeLong

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