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Cuban Officials Say Equal Pay May Not Work, Dropping Wage Limits Could Help

From the article in the Communist Party daily Granma:
Quote:... the traditional Cuban pay system saps employees' incentives to excel since everyone earns the same regardless of performance.

That is "unfair because if it's harmful to give a worker less than he deserves, it's also harmful to give him what he doesn't deserve,... .

Am I tuned into the right country? What is going on here? Is Raul a closet Libertarian or pragmatist? Has Fidel been told?
Didn't Gorbachov do the same thing in the 80s?
If he did, look what happened: A non-communist dictatorial oligarchy. Russia had a history of autocracy, and I don't think Cuba does, so whither Cuab? What I read is that the Cuban army stands ready to take over productive enterprises, maybe more similar to the Chicoms.
Quote:Mateu said the new compensation system fits with the mantra of "socialist distribution" often mentioned by new President Raul Castro: "From each according to his ability, to each according to his work."

That's meant to distinguish the current system from Cuba's ideological goal, Karl Marx's formula of communism: "From each according to his ability, to each according to his need."

I like that, free-market economics in drag to appeal to Marxists.

-S
Raul,maybe he is preparing Cuba for the inevitable opening of the system when Fidel dies and Raul dies.
Stars & Stripes Wrote:
Quote:Mateu said the new compensation system fits with the mantra of "socialist distribution" often mentioned by new President Raul Castro: "From each according to his ability, to each according to his work."

That's meant to distinguish the current system from Cuba's ideological goal, Karl Marx's formula of communism: "From each according to his ability, to each according to his need."

I like that, free-market economics in drag to appeal to Marxists.

-S

That's Rich!, a practical Collectivist. I wonder what Uncle Ugo will attempt, as his popularity takes that long plunge and he is given the Hobson's Choice?
Is it not possible that after 50 years Raul may actually see the problems with the previous rule? It would be difficult not to fellas.

I think he's too old for the more cynical view,Raul won't be on earth a whole lot longer. He's preparing his people rapidly for the new paradigm,IMO.
Palladin, if that is the case, we can attribute some wisdom to Raul. How often does that happen to "lions in winter"? So many times such leaders just go down swinging, and singing the same old tune, regardless of experience and new information. I think that type is the majority.
JT,

It's hard not to accrue some wisdom after 75 years and Raul sees his nation today and he saw it in 1959. If he were younger,I'd be more cycnical,but I am convinced he's simply done with the Castroite mentality and he feels his people deserve better.

Like I said,Raul ain't long for earth,he knows that. Now,Robert Mugabe hasn't grown this way,sad story there.
I agree, that for most thinking people, it is hard not to accumulate some wisdom in a long life. Many societies used to put faith in the decisions of their elders. However I offer the examples of Castro, Mao, Stalin, Kim Jong Il, Mugabe (you mentioned), Pol Pot. To turn the question around, can you thing of leaders of countries who, as they became old, became wise, and as a consequence changed their policies?