Sunday, June 20, 2010

When you run out of "rights"...

From a paper titled, "Freedom and Exchange in Communist Cuba" by Yoani Sanchez for the Cato Institute (H/T: Carpe Diem):

"An increasing number of Cubans are disillusioned with socialism and are demanding change. One of the tools that Cubans are now using to recover their freedom of expression and association is the Internet, which has quickly given rise to a community of cyber-dissidents, despite the Cuban government’s efforts to make Internet use difficult. Now that the state is out of money and there are no more rights to exchange for benefits, the demand for freedom is on the rise.

(italics, ours)

That nails it. Not the internet part but the "rights" part. Cubans are finding out that simply declaring everything a "right" (employment, health care, education, etc.) has not resulted in an improvement in their quality of life and surely hasn't resulted in an increase in freedom.

When you run out of "rights" to bestow upon yourself, the "struggle" loses quite a bit of its sex appeal and your country is left figuring out just how it's going to pay for all those "rights". Will we have to descend to third-world status before we figure out what the Cubans are figuring out?

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