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Fidel Castro Tyrant Or Liberator?

On Friday 25th of November, Cuba’s former leader and outspoken critic of capitalism died on what was perhaps the most capitalist day of the year with Black Friday shopping surged ahead. As if underscoring this contrast some world leaders praised his life while others offered their sympathies but uttered their frank criticisms regardless. Elements of Miami’s Cuban diaspora celebrated the death[1] of what they saw as a dictator whilst others elsewhere in the Caribbean region mourned the loss of someone they saw as a stalwart opponent of the US and defiant liberator. Which was true? Undoubtedly, it all boils down to perspective. Castro’s revolution aimed to free his country of America’s imperialist control and machinations carried out via Fulgencio Batista, considered a puppet of the US. Cubans were 2nd class citizens in their own land as the island practically turned into a playground for Americans. Under the new regime guided by his Marxist-Leninist outlook all were to be equal and their interests provided for. However in time a paradox common to many such communist revolutions emerged where, with absolute power vested in the state, the bulk of society’s voice and influence slowly diminished as their interests and needs became whatever

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