Communism in Cuba: Positive or Negative for Its Citizens?

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Communism in Cuba: Positive or Negative for Its Citizens?

By | March 2008
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Communism is a system of government in which the state plans and controls the economy and a single party holds power, claiming to make progress toward a higher social order in which all goods are equally shared by the people. The idea of communism started in the 19th century by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engals. When communism first started it was an idea of a society based on common ownership of property. That idea eventually turned political and communism turned into a government. There have been communist groups in Cuba since the early 1920’s and it eventually grew into the only political party in the country. Over the years there have been many debates on what is the goal of communism in Cuba. The majority of people believe that communism is an evil political group that doesn’t give the citizens any rights. People that believe in communism think it’s a good government because all the citizens of the country are treaty fairly. In this paper I will debate the views of why some people believe that communism is a good government and also the views of why some people believe that communism is a bad government.

History of Communism in Cuba

When you think of Cuba and communism you think of Fidel Castro, but communism in Cuba didn’t start with Fidel Castro. There have been traces of communist groups in Cuba since the early 1920’s. Anibal Escalante, Blas Roca, Fabio Grobart and Julio Mella all co founded the “internationalized” Communist Party of Cuba. The group supported Fulgencio Batista who was a Cuban military officer and a former president. They later renamed “internationalized” Communist Party of Cuba to the People’s Socialist Party. They changed the name for electoral reasons. The People’s Socialist Party was originally critical of Fidel Castro. Batista was a Cuban president who later became a dictator. When Batista tried to run for president a second time he was not expected to win. Since he had no chance of winning he staged a coup...