On Aug 28, 2011, at 2:02 PM, Marv Gandall wrote:
> BTW, I would be surprised if Fidel or any other Cuban leader would use the formulation "authoritarian repressive state" to describe what they see as a people's democracy or proletarian dictatorship where the masses have more say than in a liberal democracy. Did Tariq actually attribute this expression to Fidel verbatim or via Chavez or has the term been employed here by Doug in the context of the present thread?
No, that's my phrasing (and I'm pretty Fidel-friendly, so don't take it for anti-Communism on my part). I think he specifically meant press freedom and elections. But I do recall the "don't make the same mistakes I made" formulation.