Totalitarianism

The Encyclopedia of Revolutions and Revolutionaries: From Anarchism to Zhou Enlai by Martin van Creveld

The Encyclopedia of Revolutions and Revolutionaries: From Anarchism to Zhou Enlai by Martin van Creveld, Editor-in-Chief, is an essential reference book for those interested in researching the history of revolutions and revolutionaries. The main drawback is the liberal, left-of-center academic bias that one has come to expect in most of these types of books. And …

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The Political Spectrum (Part I): The Totalitarian Left from Communism to Social Democracy

The “Right” versus “Left” convenient but capricious political arrangement came from the seating position of delegates to the National Assembly during the French Revolution, but it is at times a confusing concept and too often subject to media and academic bias and even misinformation. I have found it easier to have a political spectrum based …

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Socialized Medicine in Cuba (Part II): “Doctor Diplomacy,” Sex Tourism, and Medical Apartheid

In Part I of this essay, we discussed the secret epidemic of dengue fever, the Cuban gulag, and other aspects of Cuban medicine leading to a poor state of health in that Caribbean island, based on Dr. Dessy Mendoza Rivero’s book ¡Dengue!-La Epidemia Secreta de Fidel Castro (Dengue! The Secret Epidemic of Fidel Castro). Cuba’s …

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Socialized (Free) Medical Care in Cuba (Part I): A Poor State of Health

Those in the United States who yearn for a more “egalitarian” and “equitable” system of medical care “like the one in Cuba” are not familiar with the extraordinary saga of Cuban physician Dr. Dessy Mendoza Rivero, who has managed to get the word out for anyone willing to listen. And they should. ¡Dengue!-La Epidemia Secreta …

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Cuba in Revolution: Escape From a Lost Paradise by Miguel A. Faria, Jr., MD

Thirty-six years ago after a harrowing ordeal at sea, Miguel A. Faria, Jr., escaped from Cuba with his father and found a new home in the United States. Cuba’s loss was America’s gain. A consummate historian, Dr. Faria here applies himself with gusto, using a treasure-trove of inside information to tell his personal odyssey and …

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