First, Castro began the revolution declaring that he was defending
Second, he discloses that in recent months he “hovered between life and death.”
Third, he reaffirms his views on economics in some brief statements that are peripheral to his main argument, but telling nonetheless.
“The access to convertible currency,” he writes, “greatly harmed our social consciousness, to a greater or a lesser degree, due to the inequalities and ideological weaknesses it created.”
The solution, he goes on, is to raise the standard of living by improving “knowledge, self-esteem and the dignity of people. It will be enough to reduce wastage [despilfarro] and the economy will grow. In spite of everything, we will keep on growing as necessary and as possible.”
Again, these are asides in an essay focused mainly on politics and security. But it’s a narrow and minimal economic vision, a far cry from generating broad-based growth that lifts incomes, enables