WFP Series: So What’s Wrong with Socialism? (Part 1) Jose Borrajero
In this three-part series, WFP’s Brad Zinn interviews three naturalized US citizens who lived under socialist/communist regimes and can describe first-hand what it’s like.
Americans who think socialism sounds like a good way to achieve “social justice” would do well to listen to all three interviews. And Americans who have come to take freedom for granted would benefit from these poignant reminders of how easily freedom can slip away under a socialistic/communistic regime.
In this first of three parts, Mr. José Borrajero, Rapid Response Team Leader for the Arizona 2012 Project, describes life under Castro’s Cuba and his family’s escape to the United States. No one is more American than a naturalized American citizen who himself or herself escaped from tyranny to live in freedom.
Topics covered by Brad and José appear below in a time-line index.
00:00 When Jose came to America
01:16 Life in Cuba under Batista
02:20 How Castro seemed, at first, like a good leader
03:30 Castro’s promises
04:30 Castro’s delivery on his promises
05:30 Castro’s hidden socialism blossoms openly
06:50 Castro’s round-up, trial, and execution of alleged enemies
08:02 Neighborhood spies
08:20 Confiscation of arms and real property – a personal story
09:55 The Bay of Pigs and Jose’s father’s internment in a concentration camp
11:00 Che Guevera, Castro’s executioner
12:00 What Jose thinks when he sees young people with Che T-shirts
12:30 The Cuban community in Florida
12:55 Jose’s own view on the embargo of Cuba — lift it!
14:40 Kennedy’s promises to Castro after the Cuban Missile Crisis
16:05 Castro’s concentration camps — the use of baseball stadiums
16:40 Daily life under Castro’s socialism
18:00 Why socialism failed in Cuba just as it has everywhere else
18:20 Would the right people make socialism succeed?
19:15 Socialist/Communist education of the children and the illiterate
21:25 How Jose and his younger brother, alone, came to America
23:25 Cuba’s national health care system — high quality for govt elites only
24:35 What is wrong with socialism — why is capitalism better?
WesternFreePress.com thanks the Arizona 2012 Project for providing the facilities for this interview.
Current WFP posts in the “So What’s Wrong with Socialism?” series:
- Jose Borrajero, native of Cuba
- Daniel Paul, native of the Polish Ukraine
- Zina Brodovsky, native of the Soviet Ukraine
- Clare Lopez, former CIA operations officer
- Caecilia Winnubst, native of Nazi-occupied Holland
- Gabor Kovacs, native of communist Hungary