The Best of Notable Quotables; December 19, 1994

Vol. Seven; No. 26


Bring Back the Iron Curtain Award



“Back then [when it received Soviet subsidies], the island may have been a thorn in Washington’s side but it was a beacon of success for much of Latin America and the Third World. For decades, Cuba’s health care and education systems were touted as great achievements of the revolution....Some say the trade ban has never given Cuba a chance to see whether or not Castro’s socialism might work.”

– CBS reporter Giselle Fernandez, September 4 Evening News.


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“Life has become so much worse for so many Russians under democratic pseudo capitalism... the first market reforms and the erosion of state authority have fostered a brutal cowboy capitalism. It is manifest in the emergence of a lavish lifestyle among a flamboyant and vulgar new class of businessmen, made up mostly of speculators, traders and outright criminals, all of whom are stealing the country blind...No freedom from fear and no freedom from want: Small wonder many Russians feel nostalgic for the days when there was bread and law and order.”

– U.S. News Editor-in-Chief Mortimer Zuckerman, March 7.

“For more than 70 years, Russia dreamed the Soviet dream: the dream of a classless society, the dream of a workers’ paradise. The classless state is now a state with a growing population of haves and an exploding population of have-nots. For many, the workers’ paradise has become a homeless hell.”

– ABC’s Morton Dean, January 14 Good Morning America.