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Thread #78468   Message #1415002
Posted By: Little Hawk
19-Feb-05 - 11:35 AM
Thread Name: BS: Why do we need money?
Subject: RE: BS: Why do we need money?
Oh. Well, I originally started this thread as a satirical response to another thread called "Why do we need religion?"

My first post was tongue in cheek. I didn't realize at the time that it would result in a serious discussion developing...

We obviously need money right NOW, because society is organized around it at the moment.

If Hesperis were in Cuba, she could have had free and good dental care all her life, and free University education as well (but would have to buy the textbooks, that's all). Many young Cubans who would like to go to university have a hard time with the carrying costs (the books and feeding and maintaining themselves while taking their courses). Some have to put it off because of that...or they do it bit by bit. Nevertheless, the country has made a genuine effort to provide free higher education to all its citizens, and that is a very smart thing for a society to do, in my opinion.

The Cuban revolution was driven by very intense social idealism. It ran onto the rocks of total rejection by the USA (due to kicking out the rich American business concerns in Cuba). That made survival as a society much more difficult in an economic sense. They were shut out of North American and South American trade to a great extent. They then turned to the only other game in town...Russia. The USA, in order to placate its business people, basically drove Castro into the arms of Soviet Russia, thus creating a Communist military base in their own backyard. Dumb. Seriously dumb. They should have made friends with Castro from the beginning...but they never would...because Big Business runs the USA and does not forgive revolutionaries who take away their monopoly and spread it out among the common people. No sir. They kill people who do stuff like that. Castro has proven quite hard to kill. He's a tough one.