Cuba and Socialism

She fled Communist Cuba in 2015. A girl who made it to the United States is explaining what Cuba is like, “I love my country. I hate my government.” Through a little more probing, this Cuban girl says that if you kill a man…

…you get 20 years in prison, but if you kill a cow you get 40 years in prison because the cow is not yours—even though you take care of it. Nothing is really yours. There is no private property in Cuba, socialism abolished it. Now this Cuban girl has a car, a job, and a cell phone. Her responsibility and freedom. Welcome to the United States.

There are three major economic systems:

  • Socialism
  • Capitalism
  • Interventionism

Socialism is characterized as a command system, where, all power and all economic decisions come from a few people at the top of a pyramid. Whereas Capitalism is the peaceful means of economic exchange.  Capitalism is different from socialism in that socialism is forceful and capitalism is peaceful. Dr. Ronald Nash explains it well. He says that Capitalism says, “You do something good for me, and I will do something good for you.” Socialism will say, “You do something good for me or else something bad will happen to you.” A combination of the two systems could be called “Interventionism;” which is characterized as a state or government having the authorization to intervene with a free market economy whenever politicians deem it prudent or advantageous.

Many people think the United States has a capitalistic economic system. From the above list of definitions, the United States would be characterized as an interventionist economic system. What happened during the depression of the late 1920’s and early 1930’s is a great example. Dr. Ronald Nash, author of Poverty and Wealth, stated that due to the government intervening in the economy, the great depression occurred; if the government stayed out of the economy during the depression, the economy would have eventually fixed itself. The government intervened and  prolonged the depression. They did not look at the long term effects. Other examples of how the U.S. government intervenes is through unemployment, deflation, interest rates, recessions, and depressions.

There are some people who think that socialism would be okay if all the people volunteered to be a part of a socialist government. This is called voluntary socialism. This system is naïve. Even if every single person originally signed up for this system, after a while people would get sick and tired of lazy people bumming off the system and want to get out—which could not happen at that point in time. They would be stuck.

Here is the problem with socialism: It is stealing and it is unbiblical. Socialism at it’s core means that there is to be no private property. We see from the earliest chapters of Genesis, Lot and Abram divided the property set before them. We see property laws set up in the Pentateuch. We see in 2 Corinthians that the church was not forced to give their property to those in need. They did it out of love. However, Socialism forces people to give their money and possessions to those in need. Socialism makes mandatory what God left voluntary.

The movie “The Village” shows a great example of what a group can do to have their perfect socialist world. They can go out in the middle of nowhere and set up their community. They don’t have to enforce and force socialism on to people.

The Bible is not explicit when it comes to commanding or teaching a purely capitalistic system, but what we see are Biblical principles that lean toward capitalism. Everything we do in life should be done to the glory of God. This includes what economic system we operate on.

Further discussion

Dr. Nash discusses the theory behind socialism as originally understood by Karl Marx.

About Nicole Leaman

Nicole Leaman is a wife and mother of two daughters. With a degree in Criminal Justice, she actively blogs about social matters regarding women and culture.

One thought on “Cuba and Socialism

  1. When I was a teenager, before I came to the Lord, I was a passionate socialist. I believed that a government should provide the needs of the people and regulate the distribution of wealth so that everyone would be equal. I traveled to Cuba twice during my high school years, and was amazed to see a country full of people living with the bare minimum, but with no homeless like I saw in the city I grew up in. I was very inspired by a Jose Marti quote that Castro referenced during a trial after an early revolution attempt was thwarted: “A true man does not seek the path where advantage lies, but rather the path where duty lies, and this is the only practical man, whose dream of today will be the law of tomorrow, because he who has looked back on the essential course of history and has seen flaming and bleeding peoples seethe in the cauldron of the ages knows that, without a single exception, the future lies on the side of duty.” I was so inspired by these words, that men should do what they ought to do and not what they want to do, and that we should learn from the mistakes of history.

    Now, a decade later and a massive difference of worldview, I still understand why my young self, disillusioned with the massive amount of injustice and chasm in the distribution of wealth was inspired by the simple concept of everyone treating people as they ought to. However, I am now very aware of the original intent of Marxism and the ways in which it has played out. I knew many Cuban defectors growing up and they all shared this sentiment, they loved their beautiful country but hated the government. I knew even then that there was no perfect world system and there certainly isn’t. However, I do believe the system of community and laws of ownership portrayed in the Old Testament are the closest thing to a perfect system, and naturally, as they were mandated by God Himself. You have individuals who are able to enjoy the fruits of their labor but are required to practice good stewardship and sensible use and rest of the land. You have a system in which the impoverished are taken care of, but without being given a free ride.

    As for the flowery sentiment of the Jose Marti quote, what really moved me I have found is only purely represented in the words of Christ, and nowhere else: we ought to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. This doesn’t happen in socialism, or communism, or even capitalism. It only happens in Christ. I do not believe we ought to look to worldly systems of government for the justice that Christ will bring to the world upon His return. It is very important to be aware of the deceptive influence of Marxism and Fascism, especially culturally, because I now believe they come right from our very deceptive enemy to undermine Biblical truth. But one day we will live in a perfect Kingdom where no one will want and He who is in power will reign forever!

    Pardon my rant, I’ve always got a lot to say about this subject! 🙂

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