Reinventing the Wheel* / Reinaldo Escobar
Posted on November 9, 2013
The application in an experimental form of a new regulation on the
marketing of agricultural products, contained in Decree Law 318, shows
that the bureaucratic bonds that stem from the State’s desire for
control have been and continue to be one of the major causes of the
shortage of food.
The geniuses of the Ministry of Agriculture having just discovered that
the competition generated by the emergence of other forms of
buy-and-sell will have a regulatory role in setting prices, have arrived
at the novel conclusion that the balance between supply and demand
directly impacts production and have come to the realization — the
wonders of human thought! — that the less they want to control things
the better they go.
But they are still dominated by the temptation of keeping their hands on
the reins. They fear that the savage best of the market will devour in
one bite or knock down in one blow their jockey of central planning.
*Translator’s note: To explain the illustration of this post… the phrase
Reinaldo uses is “discovering warm water.”
8 November 2013
Source: “Reinventing the Wheel* / Reinaldo Escobar | Translating Cuba” –