Cuba’s Low Level of Internet Use: Not a Policy of Restricting the Flow of Information

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If you want to find examples of governments restricting the flow of information on the internet for political purposes, look to the United States and its allies, and not to the low-level of internet use in Cuba, which, notwithstanding press reports to the contrary, is a consequence of Cuba’s comparatively low-level of economic development, not communist ‘totalitarianism.’

August 22, 2015

By Stephen Gowans

cuba-computerPart of the dogma of capitalist societies is that communist states are inherently restrictive and ‘totalitarian’, in contrast to liberal democracies, which are portrayed as beacons of liberty. Communist states, we’re told, suppress dissent, while capitalist states allow it to flourish. This, of course, is nonsense. All states, regardless of how they’re organized economically, suppress dissent under circumstances of grave threat, and relax repression as danger diminishes. Those that are the most free, are those that face the least danger. Highly restrictive societies are typically highly threatened…

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One Response to Cuba’s Low Level of Internet Use: Not a Policy of Restricting the Flow of Information

  1. beetleypete says:

    Writing this in England, I have no doubt that our government monitors or restricts access to numerous sites. This is helped by the relatively high cost of a reliable broadband connection, which is not affordable to a large chunk of the population. Also by unreliable speeds, and the complete absence of broadband in most of the more remote parts of the UK.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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