#Cuba: La mayoría de los rusos extraña a la Unión Soviética

MOSCÚ (EFE) — La mayoría de los rusos extraña a la Unión Soviética.

Una encuesta del prestigioso centro sociológico Levada reveló este lunes que 55% de los adultos del país lamenta la desaparición del bloque, ocurrida en 1991.

En otros grupos de edad las posturas son extremas: 83% de los mayores de 60 años se declara triste por la desintegración de la Unión de Repúblicas Socialistas Soviéticas (URSS), por sólo 17% de los jóvenes.

A 20 años de la caída del bloque, 53% de los rusos cree que ese hecho era evitable en tanto 32% piensa lo contrario, y más de la mitad cree que Rusia debe estrechar lazos con las otras 14 naciones que lo integraban.

Vladimir Putin, ex presidente y actual primer ministro ruso, dijo a mediados de diciembre que la desaparición de la URSS fue “la mayor catástrofe geopolítica del siglo XX”.

“El que no lamente la desintegración de la URSS no tiene corazón, pero el que quiera su renacimiento no tiene cabeza”, añadió, al defender el camino que Rusia ha tomado desde entonces y en el cual él ha participado.

El bloque socialista, que durante la segunda mitad del siglo XX vivió una Guerra Fría contra Estados Unidos, se vino abajo cuando su entonces dirigente Mijaíl Gorbachov inició reformas para abrir la política y la economía.

Según la encuesta, muchos rusos siguen culpando a Gorbachov de la caída de la URSS y se identifican más con la mano dura de Putin que con las ideas liberales del actual mandatario, Dmitri Medvédev.

“Nunca hubo democracia en nuestro país antes de 1991. Repito, nunca. Ni bajo el zar, ni durante la era soviética, ni en ninguna otra época. Es un proceso difícil”, afirmó Medvédev recientemente.

“La democracia es imposible en un país pobre (pero) el progreso de una economía moderna es imposible en condiciones de dictadura”, agregó.

El año pasado, Medvédev y su homólogo estadounidense, Barack Obama, promovieron un nuevo acuerdo para la reducción de sus arsenales nucleares, en un intento por iniciar una nueva etapa de relaciones entre ambos países.

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  1. “Nunca hubo democracia en nuestro país antes de 1991. Repito, nunca. Ni bajo el zar, ni durante la era soviética, ni en ninguna otra época. Es un proceso difícil”, afirmó Medvédev recientemente

    Es decir que si la sociedad socialista cubana fue fabricada a partir del modelo sovietico, mas claro ni el agua, en Cuba tampoco a existido democracia en ninguna epoca.

  2. Disculpen lo largo, pero esta interesantisimo.

    • Usted me recuerda a mi profesor de filosofia en el pre. Segun el (y los comunistas cubanos), Estados Unidos era el pais con mas condiciones para que se diera la revolucion socialista. Uno o dos años despues resultó que fueron los paises socialistas los que desaparecieron, con excepcion de aquellos que se viraron al capitalismo (como China y Vietnam) o los que aumentaron la repre.sion para mantenerlo (Cuba y Corea del Norte)

      Entonces, por que trata de desviar la atencion de los gravisimos problemas de su propio pais? Quizas si se fija solo un poco, vera que la situacion alli es mas dramatica y dificil de resolver.

      • Quizas el gobierno de Estados Unidos pueda aprender del de Cuba como evitar el colapso de su economia. Podria, por ejemplo, crear otra moneda sin valor, y pagarle con esa a los trabajadores. Por supuesto, seguiria vendiendo las mercancias con la moneda que si tiene valor, pero con un 200% de ganancia sobre el costo original. Creo que asi se resolveria el problema de la inflacion y las empresas serian rentables.

        • Los EEUU tienen su propio método, imprimen billetes por millones, y es muy efectivo

        • Es sobre todo efectivo cuando el gobierno de La Habana recibe esos billetes.

        • Difícil, eso no le hace ningún bien a los EEUU, y a Cuba muy poco porque es muy poquiiiiiiito. Son unos tacaños, ni le mandan nada a sus familiares.
          No, ese no es el problema. El problema es que ustedes saben que les cogen el dinero en Cuba para comprase celulares y ponerle saldo muy distinto de los mexicanos que sino mandan puntualmente a sus países, la gente se les muere de hambre

          • Dany, se puede ser ingenuo, pero usted sabe que esta mintiendo. Las remesas de los emigrados (la mayoria de los cuales vive en USA), asi como sus visitas a la isla como turistas se han convertido, si no en la primero, al menos la segunda fuente de divisas del regimen. tampoco nos meta tan duro con la cara, Dany, mire que usted quiere parecer una persona seria.

            • Don Creyente,que ud dice,los cubanos son los que menos dinero mandan a sus familiares aqui en los estados unidos,por la simple razon aparte de ser tacanos que saben que mandando 50 o 100 fulas las gentes tiran en cuba y el que recibe esa cantidad no trabaja y vive del cuento,que es una ayuda si la es, es innegable pero hasta ahi,muchos aqui igual se benefician de este cuento si no lo sabe muchos en miami viven comprando,llevando y vendiendo en cuba asi como todos aquellos que se dedican al envio de bultos y entrega de fulas que tienen sus trabajadores en cuba,las visitas se han disparado ahora,pero nada comparable con los salvadorenos,dominicanos y mexicanos que viven en usa

  3. El articulo completo, por si les interesa: Get Ready for the Most Important Day in America in 50 Years… It’s Coming in 2011 WARNING: What you are about to read is controversial, and may be offensive to some audiences. Viewer discretion is advised. Hello. My name is Porter Stansberry. A little over ten years ago I founded Stansberry & Associates Investment Research. It has become one of the largest and most recognized investment research companies in the world, serving hundreds of thousands of subscribers in more than 120 countries. You may know of our firm because of the work we did over the last several years – helping investors avoid the big disasters associated with Wall Street’s collapse. We warned investors to avoid Fannie and Freddie, Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers and General Motors and dozens of other companies that have since collapsed. We even helped our subscribers find opportunities to profit from these moves by shorting stocks and buying put options. To my knowledge, no other research firm in the world can match our record of correctly predicting the catastrophe that occurred in 2008. But that’s not why I created this letter. I reference our success and experience with Wall Street’s latest crisis because we believe there is an even bigger crisis lurking – something that will shake the very foundation of America. And that is why I’ve spent a significant amount of time and money in the past few months preparing this letter. In short, I want to talk about a specific event that will take place in America’s very near future… which could actually bring our country and our way of life to a grinding halt. This looming crisis is related to the financial crisis of 2008… but it is infinitely more dangerous, as I’ll explain in this letter. As this problem comes to a head, I expect there to be riots in the streets… arrests on an unprecedented scale… and martial law, enforced by the U.S. military. Believe me, I don’t make this prediction lightly and I have no interest in trying to scare you. I’m simply following my research to its logical conclusion. I did the same when I tracked Fannie and Freddie’s accounting. The same with General Motors. And Bear Stearns and the rest. And when I began giving this warning in 2006 no one took me very seriously… not at first. Back then, most mainstream commentators just ignored me. And when I presented my case and exposed the facts at economic conferences, they got angry. They couldn’t refute my research… but they weren’t ready to accept the enormity of its conclusions either. That’s why, before I go any further, I have to warn you… What I am going to say is controversial. It will offend many people… Democrats, Republicans, and Tea Partiers, alike. In fact, I’ve already received dozens of pieces of hate mail. And… the ideas and solutions I’m going to present might seem somewhat radical to you at first… perhaps even “un-American.” My guess is that, as you read this letter… you’ll say: “There’s no way this could really happen… not here.” But just remember: No one believed me three years ago when I said the world’s largest mortgage bankers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would soon go bankrupt. And no one believed me when I said GM would soon be bankrupt as well… or that the same would happen to General Growth Properties (the biggest owner of mall property in America). But again, that’s exactly what happened. And that brings us to today… The same financial problems I’ve been tracking from bank to bank, from company to company for the last five years have now found their way into the U.S. Treasury. I’ll explain how this came to be. What it means is critically important to you and every American… The next phase in this crisis will threaten our very way of life. The savings of millions will be wiped out. This disaster will change your business and your work. It will dramatically affect your savings accounts, investments, and retirement. It will change everything about your normal way of life: where you vacation… where you send you kids or grandkids to school… how and where you shop… the way you protect your family and home. I’ll explain how I know these events are about to happen. You can decide for yourself if I’m full of hot air. As for me, I’m more certain about this looming crisis than I’ve been about anything else in my life. I know that debts don’t just disappear. I know that bailouts have big consequences. And, unlike most of the pundits on TV, I know a lot about finance and accounting. Of course, the most important part of this situation is not what is happening… but rather what you can do about it. In other words: Will you be prepared when the proverbial “shit” [we beep this out] hits the fan? Don’t worry, I’m not organizing a rally or demonstration. And I’ve turned down every request to run for political office. Instead, I want to show you exactly what I’m doing personally, to protect and even grow my own money, and how you can prepare as well. You see, I can tell you with near 100% certainly that most Americans will not know what to do when commodity prices – things like milk, bread and gasoline – soar. They won’t know what to do when banks close… and their credit cards stop working. Or when they’re not allowed to buy gold or foreign currencies. Or when food stamps fail… In short, our way of life in America is about to change – I promise you. In this letter I’ll show you exactly what is happening. You can challenge every single one of my facts and you’ll find that I’m right about each allegation I make. And then you can decide for yourself. Will you act now to protect yourself and your family from the catastrophe that’s brewing right now in Washington? I hope so. And that’s why I wrote this letter.. I’m going to walk you through exactly what I am doing personally, and what you can do as well. I can’t promise you’ll emerge from this crisis completely unharmed – but I can just about guarantee you’ll be a lot better off than people who don’t follow these simple steps. But I’m getting ahead of myself just a bit. Let me back up and show you in the simplest terms possible what is going on, why I am so concerned, and what I believe will happen in the next 12 months… The Greatest Danger America Has Ever Faced? In short, I believe that we as Americans are about to see a major, major collapse in our national monetary system, and our normal way of life. Basically, for many years now, our government has been borrowing so much money (very often using short-term loans), that very soon, we will no longer be able to afford even the interest on these loans. Again… I say these things as an expert in accounting and financial research. You may not think things are THAT BAD in the U.S. economy, but consider this simple fact from the National Inflation Association: Even if all U.S. citizens were taxed 100% of their income… it would still not be enough to balance the Federal budget! We’d still have to borrow money, just to maintain the status quo. That’s absolutely incredible, isn’t it? Yet I’ve never seen this fact reported anywhere else. Normally I study these kinds of numbers when I’m looking at a business to invest in or to recommend to my readers. But lately I’ve spent most of my time looking into our national balance sheet, because as the banking system collapsed in 2008, all of the bad debts were absorbed by the world’s governments. For example, when Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac collapsed in the summer of 2008, the U.S. government responded by simply guaranteeing all of their outstanding debt. Since then these companies have recorded hundreds of billions of losses – all of which were passed along to the government. Yes, you can still get mortgages today. And yes, Freddie and Fannie are still in business. But costs associated with these programs are piling up at the U.S. Treasury – and they are enormously expensive. These losses and trillions in other private obligations are now the responsibility of the U.S. government. The problem is, even before this crisis, our government was deeply in debt. With each additional commitment we sink further and further into debt… closing in upon the moment that we can simply no longer afford even the interest payments on our obligations. According to even my most conservative calculations (using numbers provided by the Congressional Budget Office) a debt default by the U.S. government would be inevitable – were it not for one simple anomaly… the one thing that has saved the United States so far. I’m talking about our country’s unique ability to simply print more money. You see, the U.S. government has one very important weapon to use in this crisis: It is the only debtor in the world who can legally print U.S. dollars. And the U.S. dollar is what’s known as “the world’s reserve currency.” The dollar forms the basis of the world’s financial system. It is what banks around the world hold in reserve against their loans. That’s a secret that most politicians don’t understand: As things stand now, the U.S. government can’t go broke in any ordinary sense of the word because it can simply print dollars to pay for its bad debts. (It’s been doing so since March of 2009). That might sound pretty good at first. Since we can always just print more money, what is there to worry about…? Well, let me show you… You see, as things stand today, America is the only country in the world that doesn’t have to pay for its imports in a foreign currency. Let’s say you’re a German and you want to buy oil from Saudi Arabia. You can’t just pay for your oil in German marks (or the new euro currency), because the oil is priced in dollars. So you have to buy dollars first, then buy your oil. And that means the value of the German currency is of great importance to the German government. To maintain the value of its currency Germans must produce at least as much as they consume from around the world, otherwise the value of its currency will begin to fall, causing prices to rise and its standard of living to decline. But in America…? We can consume as much as we want without worrying about acquiring the money to pay for it, because our dollars are accepted everywhere around the word. In short, for decades now, we haven’t had to produce anything or export anything to get all the dollars we needed to buy all the oil (and other goods) our country required. All we had to do was borrow the money. And boy did we. Take a look at this chart… Even as late as the 1970s, America was the world’s largest creditor. But by the mid-1980s we’d become a debtor to the world. And since the late 1990s we’ve been the world’s LARGEST debtor. Today, our government owes more money to more people than anyone else in the world. And that was before the financial crisis! In short, with all of these bad debts piling up, we’ve had to begin repaying our debts by printing trillions of new dollars. The impact of this is only just now beginning to be felt. And once our creditors figure out what’s happening, they’re going to be very angry. I believe they will either completely stop accepting dollars in repayment… or greatly discount the value of these new dollars. I’m sure you think that sounds crazy, but as I’ll show you, it is already happening. And that will make our consumption-led way of life impossible to afford.. Just think about the price of oil… Access to cheap oil has been America’s #1 gift of owning the world’s reserve currency. This has made gas cheaper in the U.S. than almost anywhere else in the developed world. I know you may think gas prices have skyrocketed in recent years… but look at how much less we pay than other developed nations… • United States: $2.72 a gallon on average • Oslo, Norway: $7.41…….. (172% higher) • Berlin, Germany: $6.82…. ( 151% higher) • London: $6.60…………….(143% higher) • Rome, Italy: $6.40…………(135% higher) • Paris, France: $6.04………..(122% higher) • Tokyo, Japan: $5.40……….(98% higher) • Toronto, Canada: $3.81……(40% higher) And here’s the thing… If oil is no longer priced in dollars, the price of oil for Americans will skyrocket immediately. It will change our lives, overnight. Airline travel will get much more expensive. The cost to ship goods by truck to grocery stores around the country will get much more expensive. Farming itself will get a lot more costly… so will commuting to work… taking a taxi… just about everything we do will suddenly get much more expensive. And just remember: In order for prices to start skyrocketing, all that has to happen is that other countries start preferring payments in something besides U.S. dollars. The U.S. dollar has been the world’s currency for decades now… so most Americans don’t have a clue about what the repercussions are of losing this status. You might think this could never happen… but it happens all the time when countries get too far in debt or when they consume too much or produce too little. In fact, the same thing happened to Great Britain in the 1970s. Most people don’t know this, but British Sterling was the reserve currency for most of the world for nearly 200 years… for most of the 18th and 19th centuries. It continued to play this role until after World War II, when America was forced to prop up Britain’s economy with foreign aid – remember the famous Marshall Plan, when we gave billions to help European countries rebuild? Unfortunately though, Britain pursued a socialist national agenda. The government took over all of the major industries. Like Barak Obama, Britain’s leaders wanted to “spread the wealth around.” Pretty soon the country was flat broke. The final straw for Britain came in 1967, when things got so bad the Labour Party (the socialists) decided to “devalue” the British currency by 14%, overnight. They believed this would make it easier for people to afford their debts. In reality, what it did was make anyone holding British sterling 14% poorer, overnight, and it made everything in Britain, much, much more expensive in the coming years. And for the country as a whole, it ushered in one of the worst decades in modern British history. Most Americans don’t know about Britain’s “Winter of Discontent” in the late 1970s, when the government put a freeze on wages. There were continuous strikes in nearly every sector… grave diggers, trash collectors… even hospital workers. Things got so bad at one point that many hospitals were reduced to accepting emergency patients only. In 1975, inflation in Britain skyrocketed 26.9%… in a single year! The government also imposed what was known as the “Three Day Week” in 1974. In short, businesses were limited to using electricity for only three specified consecutive days’ each week and they were prohibited from working longer hours on those days. Television companies were required to cease broadcasting at 10.30pm… to save electricity. The extreme problems in the economy led to Britain being nicknamed, “the sick man of Europe.” Just how bad were things, exactly? Well, listen to several Brits tell of their experiences. Their stories were collected recently by the BBC television channel… John Blackburn, from Wetherby said: “I was a control engineer at Huddersfield Power Station at the time and part of my duty was to switch off the supply to various substations around the town, according to an official rota. On many an evening shift I would have to switch off the power to my own home before going back for a candle-lit supper!” Richard Evans, from London, recalls: “My mother had to cross a picket line to get into the maternity hospital (they told her she couldn’t come in….). My Grandmother had to bring in food for her to eat, and clean towels and bedding.” David Stoker, Guildford, said: “I lived in the North East near Newcastle and I vividly remember my grandmother and I walking from one shop to another in search of candles to buy. All were sold out. Innovatively, butchers placed string down cartons of drippings which we bought… These worked although the smell and risk of fire made them less practical than candles.” Imagine… Britain was a global superpower for 150 years. But when they started intentionally devaluing their currency, things went straight down hill. Maybe you don’t think something similar can happen here… but I’m telling you… it’s already underway! In fact, the exchange value of the U.S. dollar has fallen about 8% so far this year. And its rate of decline is accelerating. What happened to the British currency is now happening to the U.S. dollar. Not only will the price of gas, oil, and other commodities skyrocket in America, almost EVERYTHING we consume will immediately get more expensive. All the clothing, furniture, and household goods we import from China. All the food we get from Central and South America… all the electronics, televisions, computers, and cars we get from Asia and Europe. In fact, it’s happening, right now before our eyes: The price of gold is up 85% since the financial crisis. Oil prices have doubled. Soy beans are way up. Copper prices are up more than 170% since 2009. Cotton prices are up 80%… in just the past few months, since July of this year! As Wesley Card, the head of a clothing company that includes brands like Dockers and Anne Klein, recently said: “It’s really a no-choice situation. Prices have to come up.” The chart below shows how much a few key commodities have skyrocketed in price, just since the beginning of 2009… Of course, skyrocketing commodity prices are just the beginning. There are other disastrous consequences to the U.S. dollar losing status as the world’s currency… For example, there would be much less demand for U.S. dollars around the globe, so interest rates will skyrocket. Instead of getting a mortgage at today’s incredibly low rates of 4.5%, it might cost you 8% or even 10% or 15%. Imagine what that would do to housing prices! Stock prices will likely plummet by at least 40% in a matter of weeks as a result of this event in the currency markets. It will cost every American business A LOT more money for supplies and materials. No one will be able to get a loan… and no bank will want to make loans. In short, when the U.S. dollar loses its spot as the world’s �reserve currency,’ it will cause a brutal downturn in the economy, which I expect will be about 10-times worse than the mortgage crisis of 2008. You see, what will also happen as a result of this currency crisis, and the end of the U.S. dollar as the world’s reserve currency, will be massive inflation, the likes of which we have never seen before. When everyone is trying to get rid of their dollars, the government is printing more and more to pay debts, and no one wants to own them, the crisis will reach epic proportions. Just look for example, at what happened to one European country that faced this type of crisis in the 1990s… This is what happens during a major hyperinflation in the real world. By the early 1990s, the national government of one European nation had spent nearly all its savings. So what did they do next? Simple… they began to steal the savings of private citizens by limiting people’s access to their money in government-controlled banks. And of course, to finance the daily operations of maintaining their basic infrastructure, they started printing money, big time. Even so, the country’s basic infrastructure began to fall apart. There were potholes in the street, broken water pipes… elevators that never got repaired… and entire construction projects that simply shut down, before being completed. At this point, the unemployment rate was more than 30%. Not too bad, right? But it got worse… much worse. You see, once you start down the dangerous road of printing money, things can get extremely bad, very quickly. As San Jose State University Economics Professor Dr. Thayer Watkins, an expert on countries that try to inflate their way out of big debts, wrote on this particular disaster: “The government tried to counter the inflation by imposing price controls. But when inflation continued, the government price controls made the price producers were getting so ridiculously low that they simply stopped producing. bakers stopped making bread…. slaughterhouses refused to sell meat to the stores… other stores closed down” So what did the government do next to try to curb inflation? Well, one bright idea they had was to force stores to fill out government documents every time they increased prices. They thought that this would slow down price increases, because the paperwork would take so much time! But like many government plans, this one had terrible, unintended consequences. Since stores had to dedicate an employee to do nothing but register this paperwork, and since the process took so long, stores began to raise prices on basic goods at even higher rates, so that they didn’t have to come back and file more paperwork! Incredible, isn’t it? Then, of course the government did what all governments do during periods of hyperinflation: They created a new currency… which basically removed six zeroes from the old one. So 100,000,000 old units were soon worth 100 new units. Of course, this didn’t work either… it never does. Between October of 1993 and January 1995, prices increase by, get this: 5 quadrillion percent. That’s… 5,000,000,000,000,000% In other words, a loaf of bread that cost $1 in 1993, suddenly cost $50,000,000,000,001 Yes, that’s $50 TRILLION. I know, it’s laughable… but I can guarantee that the people of this once proud European country weren’t laughing one bit, especially those living on a fixed income. Of course, at this point, the country completely fell apart. As Dr. Thayer Watkins wrote: “The social structure began to collapse. Thieves robbed hospitals and clinics of scarce pharmaceuticals and then sold them in front of the same places they robbed. The railway workers went on strike and closed down the country’s rail system.” At this point, businesses and citizens across the country basically refused to take the local currency. Instead, everyone started dealing in German Marks. Keep in mind, the daily rate of inflation was nearly 100%. Can you imagine the panic in a society when the price of just about everything doubles… every single day? It was absolute pandemonium, and the economy basically came to a grinding halt. It was like living in a war zone. Truckers stopped delivering goods. Stores, restaurants, and gas stations all shut down. In fact, the only way to get gas was to buy it on the side of the road, from someone selling it out of a plastic can. Steve Hanke, an Economics professor at Johns Hopkins, wrote that: “People couldn’t afford to buy food in the free market – they kept from starving by either waiting in long lines at state stores for irregularly supplied rations of low-quality staples, or by relying on relatives who lived in the countryside. For long periods, all [the] gas stations were closed, with the exception of one station that catered to foreigners and embassy personnel. People also spent an inordinate amount of time at the foreign-exchange black markets, where they traded huge piles of near-worthless money for a single German mark or US dollar note.” The number of operating busses dropped by 60%… and busses were so crowded that drivers couldn’t even collect fares. Government ordered blackouts left people without heat and electricity for long periods of time. In another ridiculous government move, they actually made it illegal to NOT accept a personal check. Imagine… you could write a check… and in the several days that it typically takes for a check to clear, inflation would wipe out almost all of the cost of covering your check. Of course, as is typical, the government took none of the blame. As Dr. Thayer Watkins reported, the government’s official position was that the hyperinflation occurred “because of the unjustly implemented sanctions against the people and state.” Again… I know what you are thinking… “just because it happened in Europe doesn’t it mean it can happen here, right”? Well guess what… The same thing that happened in this European country – Yugoslavia – also just happened in Iceland and Greece, but on a less dramatic scale. Of course, the only reason the situations in Greece and Iceland weren’t worse is because of giant foreign bailouts. Yes… that’s right… more debt to solve the problem of already existing, insurmountable debts. It’s all going to come to a head soon. Much sooner than most people think. Remember too that in roughly the past 100 years this type of debt crisis has reared its ugly head in Germany, Russia, Austria, Poland, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Poland, the Ukraine, Japan, and China. And I believe it will soon happen right here in the United States. Don’t believe me? Well, the truth is that it’s already happening at the local and state levels. Take a look… According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a Washington, D.C.-based think-tank, at least 46 states face huge budget shortfalls for 2011, on top of the deficits they still haven’t completely figured out for 2010. The center reports that the total state budget shortfall could reach $160 billion. And although many states got federal help over the past year, that aid is now gone. So what are these desperate governments trying to do? You probably won’t believe their proposals… * SELL EVERYTHING: The state of Arizona, for example, announced earlier this year that it is selling $735 million worth of government-owned buildings, but will still occupy them by paying a 20-year lease. The government is selling the legislative buildings, the House and Senate, the State Capitol Executive Tower, the state fairgrounds, even prisons. * RELEASE PRISONERS: In California, the state has taken the radical step of opening its prison doors and releasing thousands of inmates. About 11% of the state budget ($8 billion) goes to the penal system (more than they spend on higher education). So California is slashing the number of inmates by 6,500 next year. In other words, they are cutting loose about 4% of the prison population. Incredibly, other states, including New York, may soon do the same thing. * LIFE INSURANCE: In Georgia, the government is proposing taking out “dead peasant” policies on state employees. When these folks die, the money won’t go to the dead person’s family… but to the state coffers, to help pay for more programs, insurance, and pension liabilities! It’s simply incredible, isn’t it? State and municipal governments are so broke, and so desperate, that they are taking unprecedented steps to at least temporarily avoid bankruptcy. Nearly every state in the union is talking about legalizing some form of gambling, to boost tax revenue. California still wants to legalize marijuana, even though it was defeated in the recent election. Of course, none of these ridiculous steps will work on the long run. And the truly amazing thing is that the U.S. Federal government is in even worse shape than the local governments! The only reason we haven’t seen the full brunt of this crisis yet on the federal level is because we’ve just continued to pile on more and more debt. The states can’t print money… but the Federal government can (at least for now). And for the moment, this is all that is preventing a currency collapse of unprecedented proportions. And this is the important point: What most people don’t realize is that the U.S. government can only continue printing dollars… as long as the U.S. dollar remains the world’s reserve currency. In other words, this is all going to fall apart much sooner than people think. In fact, it’s already happening… The first steps are already well underway. It is happening right now… before our very eyes. I can’t stress this enough: You need to act now in order to protect your assets, and grow your savings in the next few years. In the next few minutes, I’m going to show you exactly how I’m protecting my own money, and what I recommend doing with your own. But first, let me show you what exactly is going on right now… “America… must be very worried” Like I said, most Americans don’t believe the U.S. dollar could ever lose its spot as the world’s reserve currency. But I am here to tell you… this process is already well underway. For example, although it went almost completely unreported in the U.S. press, last fall, a group of the world’s most powerful countries, including China, Japan, Russia, and France, got together for a secret meeting – WITHOUT the United States being present or even knowing about the meeting. Veteran Middle East report Robert Fisk reported on this even in the Britain’s Independent newspaper: “In the most profound financial change in recent Middle East history, Gulf Arabs are planning – along with China, Russia, Japan and France – to end dollar dealings for oil, moving instead to a basket of currencies including the Japanese Yen, Chinese yuan, the euro, gold and a new, unified currency planned for nations in the Gulf Co-operation Council, including Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait and Qatar.” Fisk also interviewed a Chinese banker who said: “These plans will change the face of international financial transactions. America and Britain must be very worried. You will know how worried by the thunder of denials this news will generate.” And sure enough, after Fisk published the details of this secret meeting, U.S. officials and central bankers from around the globe denied these plans. But as the old central banking adage goes… how do you know exactly when a currency will be devalued? The answer: Right AFTER the head of the central bank goes on television to adamantly deny that any such transaction will occur. (And guess who just went public in recent weeks with a statement about how the U.S. will “not devalue its currency”? Yes, you guessed it… U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner.) You see, the last thing a central banker wants to do in the midst of a devaluation is to give people a warning BEFORE he can devalue. So they have to deny, deny, deny. After the announcement is made, it’s too late for citizens and investors to get out. Like I said, what’s incredible is that this story of a secret meeting among most of the major powers besides the U.S. was greatly under reported in the American press. But you know what… the way I see it, it’s much more telling to look at actions rather than government press releases. For example, here is what is happening, right now in the real world. When you read these facts, I think you’ll agree with me that the U.S. dollar’s days are numbered, as far as remaining the world’s reserve currency. China is getting out Cheng Siwei, a former vice-chairman of the Standing Committee, said that China is going to stop putting so much money into U.S. dollars, and will instead look to the Japanese Yen and the Euro. China holds more U.S. dollars than anyone else on the planet. But China is getting out of the U.S. dollar as fast as they can without crashing their own economy. Look at this chart… It shows that China’s holdings of U.S. dollars peaked in 2009, but China is unloading as many dollars as they can, as quickly as possible. And this is just one sign of the end of the U.S. dollar standard. There are many more… The dollar is no longer good here As I am sure you are aware, for years the U.S. dollar has been accepted almost universally around the globe. Heck, many times when I’ve traveled, I never even bothered to convert to the local currency, because I knew everyone would take my dollars. Well, that’s simply not the case anymore… HSBC, one of the largest banks in Mexico, no longer allows you to deposit U.S. dollars into their banks. They’ve done this on the heels of money-laundering allegations, but we suspect they also simply don’t want to be stuck with tons of U.S. dollars, as the currency continues to decline. This move would have been unfathomable 10 years ago… that a big bank in Mexico would no longer accept U.S. dollars for deposit. But today it is the harsh reality. And Mexico is not the only place this is occurring… Reuters reports that the same thing has happened in 2008 in one of Europe’s most popular tourist spots… Currency exchange outlets in Amsterdam have been reportedly turning away customers who want to exchange their U.S. dollars for Euros. As one traveling American told the Reuters news agency: “Our dollar is worth maybe zero over here,” said Mary Kelly, an American tourist from Indianapolis, Indiana, in front of the Anne Frank house. “It’s hard to find a place to exchange. We have to go downtown, to the central station or post office.” In India, the country’s tourism minister said in 2008 that U.S. dollars will no longer be accepted at the country’s heritage tourist sites, like the Taj Mahal. And the U.S. dollar is no longer good anywhere in Cuba. The New York Times reports that: “now, many shops in China no longer accept dollar-based credit cards issued by foreign banks… and foreigners cannot convert American dollars into renminbi beyond a given quota.” Iran, of course, has already moved all of its reserves out of U.S. dollars, and Kuwait de-pegged it’s currency from the dollar a few years ago: Bloomberg News recently reported that China and Russia plan to start trading in each other’s currencies to diminish the dollar’s role in global trade. “Given the risk to the dollar and U.S. assets from their fiscal position, they want to reduce their dependence on the dollar as an invoicing currency,” said Bhanu Baweja, of UBS bank. It’s even happening here in the USA Most Americans don’t know that some states in the Mid-West are already using “alternative currencies”… An NBC News affiliate in Michigan reports that “new types of money are popping up across Mid-Michigan and supporters say, it’s not counterfeit, but rather a competing currency. Right now, for example, you can buy a meal or visit a chiropractor without using actual U.S. legal tender.” What most Americans don’t realize is that this is all totally legal.. The U.S. Treasury Dept web site says that, according to Coinage Act of 1965: “There is… no Federal statute mandating that a private business, a person or an organization must accept currency or coins as for payment for goods and/or services.” I saw one report that says there are now 150 of these alternative local U.S. currencies being accepted around the country! USA Today reports that the largest of these local currencies is a currency called “Berkshares,” which are being used in the Berkshires region of western Massachusetts. According to the paper: “Since its start in 2006, the system, the largest of its kind in the country, has circulated $2.3 million worth of BerkShares.” And even in places that do not yet have local currencies, store owners may now actually prefer foreign currencies rather than U.S. dollars… In Washington, DC, just 25 miles from my office, some stores have begun accepting euros. Of course, the euro isn’t much more stable than the dollar right now. But my point is that most people don’t understand there is NO FEDERAL REQUIREMENT in the United States for a private store to accept dollars for non-debt transactions. You see, no matter what the government decides, stores and businesses will accept whatever they believe is a strong currency. As Texas Senator Ron Paul wrote recently: “If you walk into a 7-11 to buy a soda, the clerk doesn’t have to accept your dollars, he could demand euros, silver, or copper. But because legal tender laws backing the dollar have caused the dollar to drive other currencies out of circulation, [right now] it is easier for stores to accept dollars.” Well, all that is quickly changing… Many places in Texas now accept Mexican pesos for payment. “Euros Accepted” signs are popping up in of all places: Manhattan. And not only Manhattan, but in New York’s favorite summer playground… the Hamptons. There, an art gallery assistant was quoted by The Real Deal: “I wouldn’t want to discourage a sale in any way because of a currency issue..” And it’s not just small stores that are accepting other methods of payment besides U.S. dollars. The Chicago mercantile exchange the world’s largest futures and commodities exchange board), now accepts gold to settle futures contracts. Until recently, the exchange typically accepted only U.S. treasuries and bonds as payment. These guys obviously see the writing on the wall. This would have all been completely unthinkable 10 years ago, but today it’s a reality. And this trend is going to keep moving incredibly fast. That is why… The smartest investors are taking action… Bill Gross, who probably knows as much about currencies and debt as anyone in the world, runs the world’s biggest bond fund. He was quoted by Bloomberg: “We’ve told all of our clients that if you only had one idea, one investment, it would be to buy an investment in a non-dollar currency. That should be on top of the list..” Jim Rogers, one of the world’s most successful multi-millionaire investors writes: “The dollar is not just in decline; it’s a mess. If something isn’t done soon, I believe the dollar could lose its status as the world’s reserve currency and medium of exchange, something that would lead to a huge decline in the standard of living for U.S. citizens like nothing we’ve seen in nearly a century.” I know… you probably still don’t believe it can happen here in the United States. But think about it… Are we as Americans really immune to the laws of economics and finance? I don’t think so. And every circumstance I know of, in which a government has tried to inflate its debts away, has ended in disaster. It will happen here too. As Jim Rogers says: “History teaches us that such imprudent monetary and fiscal behavior has always led to economic disaster.” This is why World Bank president, Robert B. Zoellick, in a speech at the School for Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, recently said: “The United States would be mistaken to take for granted the dollar’s place as the world’s predominant reserve currency. Looking forward, there will increasingly be other options to the dollar.” And this is why the International Monetary Fund (IMF) recently published a paper calling for a new global world currency. A paper entitled “Reserve Accumulation and International Monetary Stability,” written by the Strategy, Policy and Review Department of the IMF, recommends that the world adopt a global currency called the “Bancor” with a global central bank to administer the currency. The report is dated April 13, 2010… and no, unfortunately this is not just a bad rumor. This is a deadly serious proposal in an official document from one of most powerful institutions in the world. Do you see where this is all heading? As Brazilian economist and strategist Ricardo C. Amaral wrote recently: “The US dollar served its purpose since the end of WW II and became the major foreign exchange reserve currency… [but] the days of the US dollar playing that special role…. has reached the end of the line, since today that system is very sick and it is dying a slow death… Mr. Amaral added that we will soon see: “the major collapse of the US dollar creating the biggest international monetary crisis the world has ever seen…” This is why gold and silver prices are soaring: It’s not a matter of “if” the U.S. dollar will lose its status as the world’s reserve currency… it’s simply a matter of “when.” Investors know there are serious, serious problems with the U.S. dollar, so they are fleeing to precious metals, which have historically been very reliable when a country has major currency problems. In short: It’s not hard to see why people are no longer accepting U.S. dollars… and why many foreign countries are pushing for a new world reserve currency. The good news is, no matter what happens, I’ve found several ways for you to protect your savings – and you could even make 3- to 5-times your money over the next few years. I’ll show you exactly what to do in a moment. But first let me explain why the collapse of the dollar as the world’s reserve currency could happen much sooner than most people expect… The REAL State of the U.S. Economy I know many of my friends, colleagues, and family members are still in serious denial. In the world of psychology, they call this the “normalcy bias.” You see, the normalcy bias actually refers to our natural reactions when facing a crisis. The normalcy bias causes smart people to underestimate the possibility of a disaster and its effects. In short: People believe that since something has never happened before… it never will. We are all guilty of it… it’s just human nature. The normalcy bias also makes people unable to deal with a disaster, once it has occurred. Basically… people have a really hard time preparing for and dealing with something they have never experienced. The normalcy bias often results in unnecessary deaths in disaster situations. For example, think about the Jewish populations of World War II… As Barton Biggs reports in his book, Wealth, War, and Wisdom: “By the end of 1935, 100,000 Jews had left Germany, but 450,000 still [remained]. Wealthy Jewish families… kept thinking and hoping that the worst was over… Many of the German Jews, brilliant, cultured, and cosmopolitan as they were, were too complacent. They had been in Germany so long and were so well established, they simply couldn’t believe there was going to be a crisis that would endanger them. They were too comfortable. They believed the Nazi’s anti-Semitism was an episodic event and that Hitler’s bark was worse than his bite. [They] reacted sluggishly to the rise of Hitler for completely understandable but tragically erroneous reasons. Events moved much faster than they could imagine.” This is one of the most tragic examples of the devastating effects of the “normalcy bias” the world has ever seen. Just think about what was going on at the time. Jews were arrested, beaten, taxed, robbed, and jailed for no reason other than the fact that they practiced a particular religion. As a result, they were shipped off to concentration camps. Their houses and businesses were seized. Yet most Jews STILL didn’t leave Nazi Germany, because they simply couldn’t believe that things would get as bad as they did. That’s the normalcy bias… with devastating results. We saw the same thing happen during Hurricane Katrina… Even as it became clear that the levee system was not going to work, tens of thousands of people stayed in their homes, directly in the line of the oncoming waves of water. People had never seen things get this bad before… so they simply didn’t believe it could happen. As a result, nearly 2,000 residents died. Again… it’s the “normalcy bias.” We simply refuse to see the evidence that’s right in front of our face, because it is unlike anything we have experienced before. The normalcy bias kicks in… and we continue to go about our lives as if nothing is unusual or out of the ordinary. Well, we’re seeing the same thing happen in the United States right now. We have been the world’s most powerful country for nearly 100 years. The U.S. dollar has reigned supreme as the world’s reserve currency for more than 50 years. Most of us in America simply cannot fathom these things changing. But I promise you this: Things are changing… and faster than most people realize. For a moment, just look at a tiny fraction of the evidence around us…. ** 13% OF POPULATION ON FOODSTAMPS Did you know that there are now nearly 42 million Americans on food stamps? That’s nearly 13% of the entire population. Those numbers are up 17.5% from last year… and the number of Americans on food stamps has gone up every month for 19 months. Can a country really be in good shape when 13% of the population can’t even afford to buy food? Or how about this… ** SHANTY TOWNS COMING TO YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD Although it’s gone almost completely unreported in the mainstream press, in a dozen or so cities across the nation (like Fresno, Sacramento, and Nashville), there are hundreds of people living in modern-day, Depression-era shanty towns. The Fresno shanty town has received the most publicity, after a visit by Oprah Winfrey. There, about 2,000 residents are homeless. They even have a security desk at the shelter, because the encampment has gotten so large. City officials say they have three major encampments near downtown, and smaller settlements along two local highways. Also… ** 43% OF AMERICAN FAMILIES ARE ESSENTIALLY BROKE According to a recent article on MSN Money, about 43% of the American families spend more than they earn each year. Look at this chart… it’s unbelievable.. The average household carries $8,000 in credit card debt… and personal bankruptcies have doubled in the past decade. How in the world can we possibly spend our way out of the current crisis? We certainly can’t do it with savings… the only answer is to print more money, which will hasten the fall of the U.S. dollar as the world’s reserve currency. ** THE MYSTERY OF DISAPPEARING JOBS There’s simply no one better at bending statistics than the U.S. government. Take the unemployment rate, for example. Back in the 1930s, anyone without a job but not retired was considered “unemployed.” Today, however, the government calculates unemployment mainly by counting the number of people receiving unemployment benefits. So when people’s benefits expire, they are no longer counted… and the unemployment rate actually falls! Ridiculous… I know. But the reality is, the true unemployment rate is much, much higher than what the government is reporting. If you don’t believe me, look at two recent job postings I read about last week.. In Long Island City, an estimated 2,000 people waited in line at the local employment office – some for as long as four days! – to apply for 100 elevator mechanic apprenticeship positions. And in Massillon, Ohio, 700 people recently applied for a single janitorial job… paying $16 an hour, plus benefits! The point is, our country is not growing jobs, because the government makes it harder and harder for businesses. With current regulations in place, our country will never experience the type of growth necessary to dig our government out of the hole they’ve put themselves in. I’m sure you think I’m exaggerating, but just look at what the CEO of one of America’s most important companies said just a few weeks ago.. Intel CEO Paul Otellini said in a recent speech: “I can tell you definitively that it costs $1 billion more per factory for me to build, equip, and operate a semiconductor manufacturing facility in the United States” He said that 90% of the additional costs are not from higher labor rates… but from higher taxes and regulatory charges, which other nations simply don’t impose. Cypress Semiconductor CEO T.J. Rodgers agreed that the problem is not higher U.S. wages, but anti-business laws. He was quoted in an interview with CNET News: “The killer factor in California for a manufacturer to create, say, a thousand blue-collar jobs is a hostile government that doesn’t want you there and demonstrates it in thousands of ways.” Few Americans today realize that we have the second highest corporate tax rate in the world. And since Japan’s new prime minister just announced that he plans to reduce the country’s corporate tax rate by 15%… the U.S. will soon have THE highest corporate tax rate in the world. Why would anyone want to start a business here, when they can do it for less money…and keep more of the money they make… by locating elsewhere? It’s just another good reason to avoid the U.S. dollar… So is this: ** DEBT-RIDDEN U.S. COMPANIES Did you know that in 1979, there were 61 American companies that earned a top-level AAA credit rating from Moody’s? Today, there are only four: Automatic Data Processing, Exxon, Johnson & Johnson, and Microsoft Does this sound like an economic recovery to you… when only four companies in the entire country are stable enough to earn a triple-A credit rating? Me neither. But it’s nothing compared to what’s going on in the housing sector… ** A CRAZY LAS VEGAS ECONOMICS STORY You want to know how crazy things are in the U.S. right now… Consider the bizarre state of the Las Vegas housing market, where The New York Times reports that building is booming again in a city where nearly 10,000 new houses are empty, thousands are in foreclosure, thousands of regular people have simply stopped paying their mortgages and average prices are down more than 60% since 2006. What could possibly be driving this building mania? Well, it turns are that buyers don’t want homes that were built during the boom, because they sit in neighborhoods that look like ghost towns, and because many of these never-occupied houses are filled with cockroaches and other critters. So local builders are doing the worst possible thing they could be doing in Las Vegas right now… building more homes! Similar scenarios are taking shape in Phoenix and other U.S. cities. Of course, this might look good for economic numbers, but all it does is make the situation much, much worse in the long run. Want to see another crazy trick some businesses are using to artificially boost their earnings numbers? This is just incredible to me… ** OUR HOPE FOR THE FUTURE: NEW JERSEY’S HOMELESS If you’ve been reading my work at all over the past few years, you know that I am extremely bearish on the “for profit” education sector, such as University of Phoenix. What could possibly be wrong with these institutions that offer inexpensive education to tens of thousands of students across the country? Well, to me it’s just another symptom of how distorted and crazy our economy and country has become. Here’s what I mean… One of the crazy practices institutions employ is to actually enroll homeless people into their programs. You probably think I’m making this up… but even Business Week recently ran a report on this practice. Why would they do this? Well, because these folks qualify for federal grants and loans used to pay for college tuition fees. According to reports I read, the University of Phoenix, for instance, relies on federal funds for more than 85% of its revenues. At another for-profit school, Drake College of Business, almost 5% of the student body at its Newark, N.J., campus is homeless, Business Week recently reported. Of course, the majority of these students will never be able to repay their loans. But the colleges certainly don’t care… that’s the government’s problem… not theirs. Once again, it’s the taxpayers like you and me who will be left holding the bag. And here’s another good reason why investors are afraid of holding dollars right now… ** IN THE STOCK MARKET, IT’S 1937 ALL OVER AGAIN One of the most worrisome problems in the stock market right now is that we are basically repeating the exact same situation that occurred from 1937 to 1942. Most Americans think we’ve had this amazing stock market recovery since the financial crisis of 2008… and we have to a certain extent. But we are by no means out of the woods. In fact, during America’s last real economic collapse, in the 1930s and 1940s, we saw a similar drop and recovery… before the markets crashed all over again. In fact, the situation is eerily similar. Look at this chart… it’s one of the scariest I’ve seen in a long time. It shows an overlay of what happened in the stock market in 1937 compared to 2008. In both situations, we saw big crashes, of about the exact same magnitude… then a big recovery, again of about the same size. But what will happen next? Well, if history is any guide, we could well have another big leg down in the stock market. That’s exactly what happened 70 years ago. And with all of the problems left unresolved in our economy today, it could certainly happen again, especially if the U.S. dollar loses its reserve status. As The Wall Street Journal reported: “Over the last year the stock market has followed a path eerily similar to 1937. First, a strong, rapid run to a recovery high – same pace, same magnitude. Then a correction – again, the same. Will we continue on the path that led the correction of 1937 into a collapse in 1938? The point is, the cards are seriously stacked against us. This looming currency crisis is inevitable. Almost every state in the country is on the verge of bankruptcy. We have borrowed an impossible amount of money, which we’ll never be able to pay back. Our economy is an absolute mess. Taxes are sky high already… and will certainly go much higher over the next few years. And nearly all of the world’s major financial players are preparing for an alternative to the U..S. dollar as the world’s reserve currency. To me, it is so obvious that we are about to experience a serious currency crisis, that I can’t believe people can deny this reality with a straight face. Again, if you don’t believe a currency crisis is coming, just take another look at the price of gold and silver compared to the U.S. dollar over the past decade. It’s obvious that smart investors want to hold gold and silver, not U.S. dollars. Anyone with any sense or basic understanding of economics can tell that the U.S. dollar is doomed. And it’s going to have major repercussions, which the average American has not yet even considered. So, what can you do? Well, I’ve done a lot of research on this, and have found that there are a surprising number of simple things you can do to not only protect what you’ve currently got, but to also potentially make quite a bit of money as this currency crisis unfolds. Here’s what I recommend… What You Can Do to Protect Yourself and Actually Make Money So what should you do… to protect and possibly even grow your wealth in the next few years? Well, there’s a series of pretty simple financial moves I believe you should begin making, immediately. And here’s something I want you to keep in mind: I’m really only going to talk about your finances here. As far as protecting your family… well… it depends on your circumstances. If you live in an urban area, I recommend making sure you’ve got somewhere you can go in case there are riots or food and water shortages. I think there’s a very good chance we’ll see that in the next two years. Wherever you’re going to wait out the chaos, I recommend you have basic food, water, and medical supplies to last you for at least six months. Remember, you won’t be able to count on the government during this crisis. Think about it… if the government couldn’t even save the city of New Orleans during hurricane Katrina, how in the world will it save an entire country when all hell breaks lose? And as I said earlier, the truth is, the government won’t even try to save individual American citizens… the government will be much more concerned with saving itself. As far as taking care of your money – to make sure you don’t lose money and even use this situation to come out quite a bit ahead – well, that’s where I can help you. All of the moves I recommend are simple and fairly straightforward to implement – at least right now. If you wait to do these things, however, they will almost certainly get very expensive, difficult, and even impossible to do. If you do these things now, not only will you be better prepared to weather the coming storm, I believe you could also make quite a bit of money over the next few years. And if I’m wrong… well… that’s the best part… I think you’ll still make very good gains. Even if all we get out of this crisis is a mild inflation, you will still be set up to do very, very well. So here are the specific steps you should take… STEP #1. GET SOME OF YOUR MONEY BEYOND THE REACH OF THE U.S. GOVERNMENT (it’s perfectly legal, and a lot easier than you think) I know you probably don’t believe me when I tell you that the U.S. government is going to implement policies to save itself, which are unimaginable right now. But remember, desperate governments will do very desperate things. That’s why they outlawed the ownership of gold 80 years ago. That’s why they are already talking about “nationalizing” automatic 401(k) and retirement plans… and it’s why it might soon be against the law to open a foreign bank account, or to move your money overseas without paying outrageous taxes. The good news is, I met recently with a man who is considered one of the top “asset protection” attorneys in America. In short, I learned that there are four simple investments you can make right now, which you DO NOT have to report to the U.S. government. Don’t get me wrong… When and if you ever sell these things, years down the road, you are still required to pay taxes on your gains. But the great thing is, while you are holding these investments, so long as you play by the rules, neither you nor anyone else is required to report them to the government. And this benefit should be obvious… The less the government knows about where you have your money, the better. They simply will have a very hard time taking what they don’t know you have. I am personally putting a fairly significant portion of my portfolio into one of these assets. And I plan to hold it for a long time. No matter what happens, I know I’ll have a significant amount of money that is beyond the government’s grasp. I’m not going to tell you exactly what I’m doing here in this letter, but I will explain everything in full detail in my new report, called: The 4 Investment Assets You Do NOT Have to Report to the U.S. Government. And I will gladly send you a copy, free of charge. In addition to explaining how I’m protecting my own money, I’ll show you three other places you can put your money, which you legally do not have to report to the U.S. government. Of course, normally it would cost you thousands of dollars to meet with my asset protection attorney, and to take advantage of his best strategies. But I’ll reveal everything you need to know to get started in this report. Plus, I’d like to send you the information on… STEP #2: HOW TO ACQUIRE THE WORLD’S SAFEST ASSETS, WHICH ARE LIKELY TO PERFORM BEST DURING THIS PERIOD. What I’m talking about here is buying as much gold and silver as you can reasonably afford. I know… gold has had a huge run, jumping more than 300% in the past decade. But believe me, when the U.S. dollar loses its status as the world’s reserve currency, this early run is going to be a mere afterthought. I will be surprised if gold does not reach $5,000 or $6,000 an ounce in the next few years. The smartest money managers in the world, people like George Soros, David Einhorn, and John Paulson, have all recently taken huge positions in gold. And I think you are crazy to not do the same. How should you do it? There are many options. And my research firm has recently published a great book, called The Gold Investors Bible, which details in full all of the best ways to own and hold gold bullion. In this volume, we reveal dozens of secrets about the gold industry… specifically the best ways to buy, sell, and store your gold. It explains whey some gold coins are better than others. How to buy gold with ZERO dealer markup. How to easily and safely store some of your gold overseas, very cheaply… where to hide it… and so much more. Not regularly available for sale, this book is valued at $24. I’d like to send you a copy, totally free of charge. And what about silver? Well, I believe silver will serve a unique role during this currency crisis. Let me explain… For most of recorded history, the price of gold has been around 16 times the price of silver. This ratio – the so-called “silver ratio” – has fluctuated from time to time based on silver discoveries and attempts by governments to regulate the silver-to-gold ratio. But… in a free market, where demand for silver as money exists, I’d expect the natural supply and demand balance to lead to a silver price around 1/16 times the price of gold. Based on the historical ratio, with the price of gold around $1,400, the price of silver should be around $87. It’s not, of course. Today, silver is trading around $27. Today then, gold is selling for more than 50-times the price of silver. What explains the difference between hundreds of years of history and today? Why is silver still so cheap relative to gold? When silver is “demonetized,” as it is now (meaning it’s not being used for money, but just for industrial purposes), supplies soar as people sell silver for gold and other currencies. On the other hand, during periods of monetary crisis, demand for silver as money pushes the silver ratio heavily in silver’s favor. For example, the ratio returned to its historic range (16) during World War I.. It happened again in the early 1970s, when Nixon abandoned the gold standard. It also happened most famously in 1979-1980, when it seemed as if America was really entering a serious money crisis Most people don’t know this, but silver is actually the best-performing asset of this century… not gold. As my friend Chris Weber pointed out in his November 1st newsletter, Gold has risen from $256 to $1,365 since 2000. That is a rise of 433%. Silver has risen from $4.02 to $24.96.. That is a rise of 521%. And in the days that Chris has written this, silver has jumped another 7%! In short, silver is the best hedge against a money crisis. As the dollar fails, silver will once again be in demand as money. And as this demand materializes, the free market price of silver will likely return to around 1/16 the price of gold. When gold hits $2,000 an ounce, and assuming the price of gold is 16 times the price of silver, silver should be worth about $125. My multimillionaire friend and currency expert, Chris Weber, believes silver will likely hit $187 an ounce. If that happens, you could make gains of around 600% if you invest at today’s prices. Sincerely, Porter Stansberry Founder, Stansberry & Associates Investment Research November 2010
  4. Tal vez los rusos extrañan a la URSS, pero todo parece indicar que dentro de poco son otros los que van a extrañar su modelo economico actual.
    Por favor chequeen: http://www.commandtheraven.com/?p=8059
    Con perdon de los que viven en EE.UU., parece bastante alarmante.
    Un saludo,

  5. Parece que esa Sra Sara , esta en otro planeta,!!!!despues de los fracasos en todas partes del socialismo, Leninista o Stalinista , en fin Marxismo , defender lo indefendible y menos en Cuba que la han destruido , estara alucinando ??? o quizas sea algo parecido a lo de Fidel , Orate completo , de todas formas , Feliz 2011 , para el que pueda por alla , !!!! que con los despidos masivos seran suenos dificiles de alcanzar !!!!!

    • Quieres más fracaso que el del capitalismo que tiene acabado el mundo y a una buena parte de su población. Si te das cuenta la población de los países donde se dice que hay Socialismo, es donde más parejo está el nivel de vida. ¿Quien es el superior?

  6. Los rusos tendran mucho que extrañar de la URSS, pero no creo que los cubanos del futuro extrañen la Cuba socialista de mas de 20 años de periodo especial, la de la escasez y las privaciones, la de los desfiles obligatorios y actos de repudio, la de las prohibiciones y permisos de salida y entrada a sus ciudadanos, la de los hospitales en ruinas, sin comida ni privacidad, la de las escuelas con maestros emergentes semianalfabetos, la de la represion por opinar diferente, la del poder unipersonal eterno. No creo que los cubanos del futuro extrañen tamaño desastre.

    • Por favor, alguien que explique si quieren regresar al comunismo, ¿por que no votan por el partido comunista?.

      Rusia no es como Cuba que solo existe el partido de la familia real.

      En Rusia existe multipartidismo. La gente puede escoger.

      No tiene sentido que la mayoria quiera el comunismo pero voten por el capitalismo.

      • oye pero es que esta en las encuestas solo las personas con problemas de memoria debido a causas geriátricas.quieren el PCUS renaciendo como ave fénix,del estiercolero de la historia.parece que se les olvido los campos de consentracion en siberia,el miedo a beria,el pacto de paz con la alemania nazi,chernovil,la desgracia del mar caspio,el acesinato de troski en mexico,el culto a la personalidad,la corrupsion de brechniev.y para que mas decir de la santa URSS.en paz descanse.

      • O tu eras p.uta vieja de pajarito o te metieron una repetidora en el cul…que no te deja pensar y solo repites lo mismo,sigue con el copia y pega de juventud rebelde que te quedo muy bueno eso

    • Creyente cambia el cuento o es que ya se te termino el repertorio,recuerda,tu opinion no cuenta,tu no eres nadie eres un socotroco comemierda destilando odio y con un pasme que no lo brinca un chivo,cuidate el higado te lo repito o para este ano seras nampiti gorrion

      • A simple vista se ve que quien se esta recomiendo el higado eres tu!!!

        Se te sale el odio comunista por los poros. No solo eso, la impotencia te esta matando.

        Sigue ofendiendo. Eso es tipico de los comunistas.

    • Crees aun que los cubanos son anormales?crees que estarian dispuestos a perder las conquistas alcanzadas?tu odio no te deja pensar si es que tienes cerebro.
      Tu crees que permitiran que lleguen la piranas y se aduenen del sistemas de salud que aun con problemas atiende a todos y ahi estan tangible los resultados y no te piden un centavo por un transplante o una corona en una muela.Crees que permitiran que se aduenen de nuestras universidades que aun con problemas no le niegan ese derecho a nadie aunque sea un pobre campesino,crees que permitiremos que en el morro ondee la yuma,mira creyente los cubanos son un hueso bien duro de roer y ud siga sufriendo pero la patria solo y te digo solo la perderemos en la contienda con rios de sangre de lo mejor de sus hijos,pero como ustedes y dona lamento la homo de coca no tienen para ese sigan sufriendo y jodiendose el higado

      • Luis sesohueco, para derramar la sangre en la defensa de esa patria tendrias que vivir alli, desde el capitalismo no se derrama sangre. ¿Ya tienes pasaje para irte a sacrificar por tu gobierno contra los malos que quieren ver a la patria libre de caudillos? ¿O seguiras defendiendo el desastre con la panza llena de McDonalds?

    • Claro que no, solo un anormal quisiera que volviera el año 93, pero te recuerdo que no lo provocó Cuba, lo provocó los Soviéticos con su desplome, y los yanquis con su intensificación del bloqueo, en vez de permitirle a Cuba comerciar. Ahí quedaron para la historia Helms, Burton y Torricelli, que no descansen nunca en paz.

  7. Que daño le hace el comunismo a la gente, mira que extrañar tal desastre, sera algo parecido al sindrome de Estocolmo?? jejejejejejj

  8. Sobre el libro que mencioné dejo el prólogo:

    Prólogo al libro “Rusia: del socialismo real al capitalismo real” Alan Woods

    Publicamos aquí el prólogo de Alan Woods al libro de Ariel Dacal y Francisco Brown Infante que se publicó en Cuba por la editorial Ciencias Sociales. El libro es un interesante análisis de las razones y las consecuencias de la caída de la URSS.

    El libro de Ariel Dacal Díaz y Francisco Brown Infante es de un interés considerable, no sólo para el lector cubano, sino para el público en general. Cubre un espectro muy amplio, desde la usurpación del poder por parte de la burocracia stalinista después de la muerte de Lenin, pasando por la evolución de la economía soviética, la crisis del sistema burocrático, la llamada perestroika, y la destrucción de la Unión Soviética. Éstas son cuestiones claves de la época en que vivimos, y es imposible entender lo que está pasando en el mundo actual sin comprenderlas.

    Para los enemigos del socialismo, el derrumbe de la Unión Soviética representa la prueba definitiva del colapso del marxismo y de la imposibilidad del socialismo. Hablan del fin del socialismo, del comunismo, y hasta del fin de la historia. No obstante, el regocijo de la burguesía después del colapso del Muro de Berlín fue prematuro. Los acontecimientos de los últimos diez años son una prueba suficientemente contundente de que la historia no ha terminado. Por todas partes estamos presenciando una honda crisis del sistema capitalista, caracterizada por guerras, revoluciones y contrarrevoluciones. Éste es el período más inestable desde el fin de la Segunda Guerra Mundial.

    Los autores llegan a la conclusión de que el marxismo no es culpable. Las ideas del marxismo nunca han sido más relevantes que hoy en día. El documento más moderno de que se dispone es El Manifiesto Comunista, de Marx y Engels, escrito hace más de 150 años. Los autores demuestran con una abundancia de citas y pruebas que lo que fracasó en la Unión Soviética no fue el socialismo ni el comunismo sino una caricatura burocrática y totalitaria del socialismo.

    Para nosotros los marxistas, la Revolución de Octubre de 1917 es el acontecimiento más importante en toda la historia. Aquí, por primera vez, si excluimos aquel episodio glorioso pero breve de la Comuna de París, las masas lograron derrocar el viejo régimen de esclavitud e iniciar —por lo menos iniciar— la transformación socialista de la sociedad. ¡He aquí un logro importantísimo!

    La Revolución Rusa demuestra que la revolución socialista es posible incluso en un país tremendamente atrasado, como era la Rusia zarista. No hay que olvidar que en ese país antes del 1917 sólo había alrededor de cuatro millones de obreros industriales, de una población de 150 millones, mayormente analfabetos. En otras palabras, la Rusia zarista era un país bastante más atrasado que Bolivia o Perú de hoy.

    La transformación de la Unión Soviética desde un país super atrasado hasta ser la segunda potencia del mundo después de los Estados Unidos es uno de los fenómenos más extraordinarios de la historia del mundo. A pesar de todas las mentiras, distorsiones y calumnias de la burguesía, que intenta por todos los medios menospreciar y negar los logros impresionantes del país soviético, esta transformación sin precedentes en la historia del mundo, demuestra la superioridad de una economía nacionalizada y planificada sobre la anarquía capitalista. En un par de décadas la Unión Soviética construyó una base industrial muy fuerte, lo que permitió un florecimiento de la enseñaza, la ciencia y la cultura. Los logros de ese país en el terreno de la salud y la medicina fueron igualmente innegables. La Segunda Guerra Mundial demostró la enorme superioridad de la Unión Soviética en el terreno militar. La guerra en Europa se redujo a un combate titánico entre la Unión Soviética y la Alemania de Hitler, apoyada por los recursos de toda Europa. Los norteamericanos e ingleses, hasta el último momento, fueron meros espectadores.

    Después de la guerra, la Unión Soviética, que sufrió la muerte de 27 millones de sus ciudadanos (la mitad del total de víctimas a escala mundial), y la destrucción de gran parte de las fuerzas productivas construidas con tantos esfuerzos por la clase obrera soviética, logró reconstruir la economía en unos pocos años. En la década de los años cincuentas y los sesentas, la Agencia Central de Inteligencia norteamericana reconoció la superioridad de la Unión Soviética en muchos terrenos incluida la exploración espacial.

    En palabras de León Trotski –el hombre que, junto a Vladimir Ilich Lenin, fue uno de los dos principales arquitectos de la Revolución de Octubre–, el socialismo había demostrado su superioridad, no en el lenguaje de la dialéctica sino en el lenguaje del acero, el cemento y la electricidad. Esto es algo tremendamente importante y tenemos que explicarlo a la nueva generación, combatiendo las calumnias y mentiras de la burguesía que quiere enterrar la Revolución de Octubre, como la burguesía inglesa enterró la memoria de Oliver Cromwell debajo de una montaña de perros muertos.

    No obstante, la cuestión de la Unión Soviética es algo contradictorio. Hoy la gente tiene el derecho de preguntar: si había socialismo en la Unión Soviética, ¿por qué colapsó? A esta pregunta, los stalinistas y los autodenominados “amigos de la Unión Soviética” no tienen ninguna respuesta. Y realmente la pregunta no tiene respuesta si aceptamos que el régimen que había en ese país era socialismo de verdad. En realidad, el problema fue resuelto hace mucho tiempo por Lenin, que explicó muchas veces que lo que había en Rusia no era socialismo sino un régimen de transición, un régimen entre el capitalismo y el socialismo.

    Lenin dijo que Rusia era un estado obrero (“la dictadura del proletariado”) y, en contesta a Bujarin, añadió honestamente “un estado obrero con deformaciones burocráticas.” Este no es el lugar para ahondar en esta cuestión. Baste decir que Lenin y el Partido Bolchevique comprendieron muy bien la imposibilidad de construir el socialismo en un solo país, y mucho menos en un país atrasado como la Rusia de aquel entonces. Lenin y Trotski jamás concibieron la Revolución de Octubre como un acto aislado, un “camino ruso al socialismo”, sino como el primer acto en la revolución mundial. Lenin repitió esta idea una y otra veces en centenares de artículos y discursos.

    La derrota de la revolución en Alemania y en otros países condenó a la Revolución Rusa al aislamiento. El ascenso de la burocracia stalinista fue la consecuencia del aislamiento de la Revolución en condiciones de atraso espantoso. La derrota del ala leninista (“trotskista”) del Partido Bolchevique y el triunfo de la fracción burocrática, encabezada por Stalin, fue un reflejo del cambio en la correlación de fuerzas de clase en Rusia como resultado de este aislamiento (agotamiento y desorientación de la clase obrera, aumento de confianza de los burócratas que se sentían dueños de la situación). Poco a poco, la burocracia subió por encima de la clase obrera, y reclamó una serie de privilegios que rompieron con las tradiciones igualitarias y democráticas de Octubre. La última etapa fue la liquidación del partido de Lenin en una guerra civil unilateral: las notorias purgas de Stalin.

    Como muy bien explican los autores: El socialismo soviético posterior a Lenin, matriz del socialismo real, no fue nunca una alternativa válida, articulada y viable frente al sistema predecesor. La sustitución cultural no llegó, entendiendo que el socialismo es, sobre todo, un proyecto que se sustenta sobre una nueva cultura, pues la nueva sociedad se ve como aquella que crea las condiciones para poder pensar de un modo diferente al que ha predominado históricamente. Por tanto, la resultante no fue “una sociedad socialista (tampoco capitalista, es cierto), sino una nueva forma —estatista, burocratizada— de dominación y explotación, opuesta a la naturaleza emancipatoria, justa y libertaria del socialismo”.

    Hacia los años treintas ya no quedaba nada de las tradiciones democráticas del bolchevismo. La burocracia había liquidado a la democracia obrera. Pero no estaban satisfechos; no se sentían seguros. Eran conscientes de la contradicción flagrante entre las ideales socialistas de la Revolución y sus privilegios —legales e ilegales—. Marx explicó hace mucho tiempo que el único ingreso que correspondería a los funcionarios en un estado obrero sería el sueldo normal de la administración. La burocracia de la Unión Soviética, y especialmente su estrato más alto, tenía privilegios y prebendas escandalosos: altos salarios, pisos lujosos y limosinas con chóferes, tiendas especiales, etc. Vivían totalmente separados de la clase obrera; y la diferencia entre las condiciones de vida de los funcionarios y la clase obrera, lejos de disminuir, tendía a aumentar continuamente.

    Trotski explicaba que la burocracia no estaría satisfecha con sus privilegios, sino que sus miembros terminarían convirtiéndose en capitalistas privados. A pesar de sus privilegios y su poder no podían transferirlos a sus hijos. Para garantizar el derecho a la herencia era necesario convertir la propiedad estatal en propiedad particular. Al final, la Revolución Rusa no fue derrotada por enemigos externos sino por enemigos internos, el ala procapitalista de la propia burocracia.

    Para muchos resulta chocante el hecho de que la gran mayoría de los dirigentes del antiguo Partido Comunista de la Unión Soviética se convirtieran de la noche a la mañana en capitalista y businessmen. ¡No es para menos! Comparado con esto, la traición de los dirigentes de la Segunda Internacional en 1914 fue un mero juego de niños. Pero los que siguen insistiendo en que el régimen que había en la Unión Soviética era “socialismo real” tendrán que contestar la siguiente pregunta: Si en la Unión Soviética había socialismo de verdad, si el Partido Comunista era un partido comunista de verdad, ¿cómo es posible que de la noche a la mañana, la aplastante mayoría de los dirigentes de ese partido se pasase al capitalismo, con la misma facilidad que un hombre se traslada de uno vagón de fumadores a uno de no fumadores en un tren? La auténtica razón nos la proporcionan los autores del libro, cuando explican que el derrumbe de la Unión Soviética no fue un mero accidente, como un rayo que cae de un cielo azul. Se trataba de un largo proceso de degeneración burocrática que apartaba a la revolución de sus auténticas tradiciones proletarias, democráticas e internacionalistas. Quien no entienda esto nunca será capaz de contestar a la pregunta más fundamental: ¿Por qué fracaso el “socialismo real”?

    En última instancia, la burocracia minó y destruyó la economía nacionalizada y planificada. León Trotski explicó en una ocasión que una economía nacionalizada y planificada necesita la democracia como el cuerpo humano necesita el oxígeno. Ni qué decir que Trotski no se refería a la caricatura de la democracia que existe en Occidente, en la que una pequeña minoría de parásitos ricos son los dueños de la tierra, los bancos y los monopolios. Se refería a la auténtica democracia soviética instalada en Rusia tras la victoria de 1917.

    En La revolución traicionada, Trotski advierte: “La caída de la dictadura burocrática actual, si no fuera reemplazada por un nuevo poder socialista, significaría, también, el regreso al sistema capitalista con una caída catastrófica de la economía y de la cultura.”

    Estas palabras han sido corroboradas por los acontecimientos de la última década. El período de la transición al capitalismo en Rusia (la llamada “reforma de mercado”) se caracteriza por el colapso más terrorífico de las fuerzas productivas en toda la historia. En sólo seis años la economía rusa experimentó una caída de más del 60 por ciento. Esta cifra no tiene precedentes en la historia de la economía política. Si queremos trazar un paralelo histórico, tenemos que buscarlo no en las crisis económicas sino en una derrota catastrófica en una guerra.

    Comentan los autores: Los aspectos distintivos de la primera etapa de tránsito (1991-1999) fueron el caos, el desorden, la incoherencia en las transformaciones, la depredación de los bienes del Estado, el robo, la concentración en pocas manos de los medios de producción, la inestabilidad política (constantes cambios de gobiernos), las crisis permanentes entre el presidente y el Parlamento, el empeoramiento ascendente de las condiciones de vida de las grandes masas, y una lucha desmedida contra cualquier señal de la otrora sociedad.

    Pero la implantación del capitalismo en la Unión Soviética no significa el fin de la historia. Marx explicó hace mucho tiempo que la viabilidad de un sistema socioeconómico determinado depende en última instancia de su capacidad de desarrollar las fuerzas productivas. La restauración del capitalismo en Rusia, lejos de progreso, representa una regresión histórica terrible en todos los sentidos de la palabra. Este hecho significa que el capitalismo ruso se parece a la cabaña con patas de gallina del folklore ruso.

    La aparente estabilidad del presidente Vladimir Putin es una ilusión, producto de una coyuntura económica favorable (alto precio del petróleo) y la inercia temporal de la clase obrera. En la medida en que no hay un partido auténticamente marxista-leninista, capaz de ofrecer una alternativa revolucionaria, los obreros rusos agachan la cabeza y esperan mejores tiempos. Se trata, pues, de un equilibrio inestable que se puede romper en cualquier momento.

    Al seguir ciegamente la “lógica del mercado libre” el gobierno pretende eliminar progresivamente todos los logros sociales del pasado. Esto, inevitablemente, provocará explosiones en un momento determinado. En las últimas semanas hemos visto impresionantes manifestaciones de pensionistas en Rusia que protestan contra una ley injusta que pretende recortar sus pensiones, ya bastante miserables. Esto es una advertencia de lo que se está gestando debajo de la superficie.

    La contraofensiva de las masas es inevitable. Se daría antes, y de una forma bastante más organizada y eficaz, si el Partido Comunista luchara bajo la bandera de Octubre, y tomara como bases en las ideas de Lenin. Pero con o sin una dirección adecuada, las masas lucharán, y tarde o temprano redescubrirán las auténticas tradiciones e ideas del bolchevismo, las ideas revolucionarias de Lenin y Trotski.

    Lo que ha pasado en Rusia tiene lecciones evidentes para el pueblo cubano. Tras la desaparición de la Unión Soviética, el mundo se encuentra bajo la dominación de una superpotencia que no tiene paralelo en la historia del mundo, pero esta superpotencia es un coloso con pies de barro. A pesar de su inmenso poderío militar y sus enormes reservas de riqueza, el imperialismo norteamericano se encuentra atrapado en Iraq. La criminal ocupación de este país está costando por lo menos mil millones de dólares cada semana, además de un número creciente de víctimas en ambos lados.

    El imperialismo norteamericano está empeñado en destruir la Revolución Cubana porque su existencia constituye una grave amenaza para sus intereses en América Latina. Es la misma razón por la que quiere destruir la Revolución Venezolana. Pero los estrategas de Washington saben muy bien que no pueden intervenir militarmente —por lo menos de una manera directa— en estos momentos. Se ven obligados a utilizar otros métodos.

    La amenaza de la contrarrevolución en Cuba es real. Pero el mayor peligro no viene de las presiones externas, sino de las contradicciones internas. El ejemplo de Rusia demuestra que el mayor peligro reside en sectores del propio aparato del estado que quieren la restauración del capitalismo, especialmente entre aquellos sectores que tienen contacto directo con el capital extranjero.

    Estos sectores, de una manera más o menos oculta, tienen ambiciones de convertirse en dueños de las fuerzas productivas; he aquí el peligro más grande. Pero los elementos pro burgueses chocan con un obstáculo muy grande en la persona de Fidel Castro, que se opone rotundamente al capitalismo y supone un baluarte contra las tendencias contrarrevolucionarias y que se apoya constantemente en las masas.

    Para defender a la Revolución Cubana es absolutamente necesario unir las fuerzas revolucionarias en un frente común anticapitalista. En este frente las tendencias comunistas pueden debatir libremente sus diferentes ideas y programas mientras luchan hombro a hombro para defender los logros de la revolución contra los elementos burgueses.

    Es necesario combatir la burocracia y la corrupción, el terreno donde las tendencias pro burguesas pueden echar raíces y crecer. Hay que fortalecer la vanguardia proletaria y fiarse de los instintos revolucionarios de las masas. No se puede luchar contra la burocracia con métodos burocráticos.

    En el mundo entero la Revolución Cubana ha sido una tremenda fuente de inspiración para la clase obrera y la juventud. La defensa de la Revolución Cubana es el deber elemental de cualquier obrero o joven consciente. Tenemos que movilizar a la opinión pública mundial contra los intentos escandalosos del imperialismo de intimidar, aislar y estrangular a la Revolución.

    El problema central de la Revolución Cubana consiste en su aislamiento. En última instancia, el destino de la Revolución Cubana depende de la extensión de la revolución al resto del mundo, empezando con América Latina. Los grandes avances de la Revolución Venezolana representan un faro de esperanza. En la medida que esta revolución se consolide y se convierta en una revolución socialista encontrará un eco en todo el continente. La perspectiva de Che Guevara de una revolución internacional estaría al alcance de la mano.

    A pesar de todo, el colapso de la Unión Soviética no ha significado la desaparición del socialismo, que hoy es más necesario que nunca. El capitalismo —ese sistema corrupto, injusto y caduco— sólo ofrece a la humanidad un futuro de guerras, miseria, hambre y degradación. La Revolución Cubana —al igual que la Revolución de Octubre— abrió ante la humanidad una nueva perspectiva: un mundo de armonía, fraternidad y libertad bajo el socialismo. Esta sigue siendo nuestra perspectiva y bandera, la única causa por la que merece la pena luchar y morir en la primera década del siglo xxi.

    El filósofo norteamericano George Santayana escribió una vez: “Quien no aprende de la historia estará condenado a repetirla.” Este libro es un intento de transmitir algunas de las más importantes lecciones de la historia contemporánea a la nueva generación. Merece la pena ser leído por el mayor número posible de personas. Al fin y al cabo, no queremos repetir la historia sino hacerla de nuevo.

    • fueron derrotados no por su burocracia,sino por su propia torpeza incapaz de asimilar los cambios económicos,tecnológicos y militares que la nación capitalista mas desarrollada del mundo les puso enfrente durante la guerra fría,gorvachov sabia que la URSS tenia el potencial para competir económicamente con los estados unidos de america y que la carrera armamentista era un derroche de recursos que no llevaba a ningún camino ni victoria militar de ambos bandos,pero el ala mas retrograda del PCUS,hundió a la URSS.esa es la verdad histórica,o no recuerdan los tanques,o no recuerdan a gorvachov secuestrado,o no recuerdan el parlamento sovietico por yelsint atrincherado…la verdad esta escrita.y la union de republicas socialistas sovieticas es pasado.

  9. Interesante esto a los interesados en el tema Rusia: Unión Soviética: la transición frustrada, por Ariel Dacal Díaz. – 17/10/04 http://www.paginadigital.com.ar/articulos/2004/2004cuart/noticias2/n1491410-4.asp

  10. Asi mismo es,tengo la suerte de tener una novia rusa y por ella conocer a muchos rusos y el pasado ano visite su familia que vive en las afueras de Moscu,le dire que una de las cosas que mas me llamo la atencion fue la cantidad de orfanatos que tienen y la cantidad de extranjeros que van por ninos rusos y muchos yumas,yo me pregunto por que van alla por ninos.Les cuento que la mayoria de las personas que pude hablar anoraban el pasado sistema o sea la urss,yo creo que regresaran

    • JAJAJAJAJAJAAJAJAJ.luis no me hagas reir papo* oye y no por lo de los orfanatos sabes,situacion lamentable,sino por lo del pasado..mira ya lo pasado pasado,vive el presente y te ira mejor

    • oye te recomiendo leer la filosifia de Sum y el antiquisimo “libro de la querra”.aprenderas algo.

      • los chinos lo aprendieron muy bien..aprende luiso

        • Todo el que llega a los EEUU se lee el libro del chino porque a los norteamericanos les encanta, pienso yo que porque pierden todas las guerras a pesar de tener el ejército más poderoso

    • Oye, habla claro. Es un novio ruso lo que tienes y por el conociste a muchos rusos y bien lo pusiste “el pasado ano”, parece que tuvieron que reconstruirtelo despues de esa visita a Rusia. Mariconazo.

  11. Hola Yohandry, el gusto es mio, mira hay quien dice que parece que yo soy tú porque siempre te defiendo, jaja, qué mentes más pervesrtidas eh? bueno somos un SY, las iniciales de nuestros nombres.. no está mal, si al final defendemos la misma causa: Cuba y socialista.

    Hay un buen libro se llama Rusia, escrito por un cubano, se explican muchas cosas.. pero ese proyecto debió salvarse a pesar de los errores.

    Un abrazote

    • Eso pasa amiga…

      Yo también creo que no debio desaparecer la URSS.

      • ¿Y por que no votan en las elecciones por el partido comunista?.

        ¿Alguien puede explicar como es posible que si la mayoria quiere regresar al comunismo no voten por el partido comunista?.

  12. Hola Sara un gusto en saludarte.

    Feliz 2011.

    Es verdad, Fantom pudiera darnos más detalles.

  13. para que vas a esperar por fantom:esta claro mira las encuestas solo el 17 % de la juventud lamenta la desaparición de la URSS.ademas no fue gorvachov el responsable,fue la linea dura del partido comunista soviético la responsable que organizo un golpe de estado contra gorvachov,creo que necesitas ir por wikipidia e informarte.Creo ademas que el actual primer ministro ruso medvedev es un hombre muy inteligente así como también putin.ellos están claros de que rusia esta mejor como esta.

    • Feliz 2011 Raydel.

      Un gusto también saludarte.

    • Rusia mejor ahora? Este tío se voló.
      Te recuerdo que en la Unión Soviética casi no existía la pobreza, hoy llega a casi el 80% de la población que está totalmente desprotegida.
      Lo que Putin quiere, es lograr un país con las libertades que no tenía la URSS, pero con el nivel de vida que había cuando la URSS. Y por supuesto que no es tonto, se da cuenta que un sistema como el soviético es totalmente inviable

  14. Yohandry:

    Y esto no solo pasa en Rusia, también en otros países ex socialistas.

    Espero que Fantom lea esto y nos de sus opiniones.. tiene para comparar.

    Por eso nosotros resistimos la caida del campo socialista y seguiremos resistiendo pero Capitalismo jamás.

    Sara

    • te dire tengo un amigo mío ahora mismo en china.shangai,jejeje,sabes que hay allí…tomate un basito de agua y cojelo suaveeee……CAPITALISMOOOOO

      • oye y los jóvenes chinos igual que los rusos de lo mas contentos,pues a ningún joven le gusta que lo anden gobernando o diciendo como tiene que vestirse,pelarse o trabajar por amor al arte y no tener ni zapatos que ponerse..yo fui joven también y recuerdo muy bien que los hijos de fulano tenia de todo pues el era del minint,pero yo un hijo de un chofer,no podía ostentar mucho…oye eso es comunismo?socialismo?no….no.eso yo no lo quiero pa mis hijos ni loco,yo trabajo y en mi casa no falta na,y el que no trabaja agui no come,nadie vive del cuento aquí ni de la chivateria….!!!viva el capitalismo!!

        • ¿Que tenían los hijos de los del MININT chico?
          La verdad es que las vas construyendo en el aire

    • Capitalismo jamas? Y el despido de medio millon de personas no es una medida neoliberal? Y los ajustes que van a hacer no son medidas capitalistas? Y la venta de productos a precios exhorbitantes no es capitalismo (y del malo)? No se a que le llama socialismo, porque lo que es Cuba hay un mejunje que no se sabe que es, pero tiene mas color de capitalismo salvaje que otra cosa.

      • Sr Creyente; el reajuste del aparato estatal donde sobran medio millon de personas no es una medida neoliberal,sabe ud que es neoliberalismo?las empresas y organismos no seran entregadas o puestas en venta a companias extranjeras sino que todo lo contrario tienen que ser eficientes y producir y es la forma de que los salarios suban,muchas de esas personas seran reubicadas en otros trabajos y otros iran a trabajos por cuenta propia nadie quedara desamparado.La venta de productos a precios exhorbitantes aun continuan con la misma historia del javon ese mismo javon que todos compraban a ese mismo precio a los especuladores,costaba anteriormente 1 centavo dollar hoy cuesta 25 centavos dollar solo se afectaran los especuladores,lo importante aqui es que no falte el producto en las tiendas

        • “LA MEJOR VICTORIA ES VENCER SIN COMBATIR”
          Sun Tzu

        • Don Luis Sesohueco, despedir a medio millon de personas de un tiron para ajustar la economia es una receta neoliberal, la misma que muchas veces quien tu sabes critico. No hay que privatizar empresas porque ya estan en manos privadas, es decir, en las manos del pequeño grupo que se ha apoderado del pais y su economia (por cierto, bien malos empresarios son que no logran hacer funcionar nada).

          Lo del jabon solo le puedo decir que el que daban por la libreta (uno al mes por persona) costaba antes 0.25 centavos de peso nacional (no CUC) y ahora costara 5.00 persos, es decir, 23 veces mas que anteriormente.

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