Capitalism Gone Wild / Regina Coyula

Taxis, as seen from the Hotel Cohiba. Internet image.

For those who doubt that things here are going to get worse, let me tell you that the first to implement the Chinese model are some of those in the emerging private sector. The obligation to remit high levies for licenses, in addition to salaries and loans to employees, puts a strain on those who find themselves on the lower economic rungs. Employees without a fixed salary pay a percentage of the costs. As a result, the business owner never loses, and those who don’t like it, can leave, and there will always be someone desperate to be hired.

To my astonishment, when I was already thinking about this post, I knew that something very similar exists in the state structure. In the new taxies circulating in the city, easily identifiable with their white and yellow, the drivers have to contribute a fixed amount, in addition to the expenses of maintenance and fuel; if the said amount is not remitted on more than two occasions, the taxi is handed over to another driver on a long waiting list.

Unwritten laws governing the new labour scene, coupled with the absence of a union to look out for the the interests of the less fortunate, remind me that many years ago, it was said that a revolution would be fought so as to avoid these kinds of things.

Translated by: jCS

December 16 2011