> And for those who think socialism is a better way than capitalism, I
>think you can now purchase an airline ticket to Cuba; one way.
Socialism -- Cuban or Russian or Chinese style -- is not the only
alternative to capitalism. There is a growing body of literature
worldwide which represents a range of alternatives which does not
subscribe to the Marxist-Leninist principles of Cuba, etc. For want of
a better term, I'd call them the Green alternatives. They reject the
highly monopolistic "free" market approach of capitalism as well as
the centrally-planned "people's" dictatorship of socialism. You can't
have missed these...
The Green alternatives differ from the socialist one in several ways
- we prefer decentralized to centralized approaches, and consider the
community as important a locus of human activity as the nation, if not
- we recognize the spiritual as much as the material aspects of
- we don't look at nature simply as raw material for production but as
our common ecological home with other living things.