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In Fidel Castro’s recent interview with Atlantic Monthly columnist Jeffrey Goldberg and in response to the question, “Is the Cuban economic model still worth exporting?”, the retired dictator made this admission: “The Cuban model doesn't even work for us anymore.”

Several days later, Castro backpedalled. He claimed he actually meant the opposite. “My idea,” said Fidel, “is that the capitalist system no longer works for the United States or the world. How could such a system work for a socialist country like Cuba?