"Capitalism is using its money; we socialists throw it away." - Fidel Castro
"I find capitalism repugnant. It is filthy, it is gross, it is alienating... because it causes war, hypocrisy, and competition." - Fidel Castro
These quotes were said by the infamous Fidel Castro, full name being Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz. He was born on August 13, 1926 near the town of Biran, Cuba. Fidel Castro later became known as a symbol of communist revolution in Latin America because he had gained control of Cuba and overthrew the government. During his presidency, he had changed Cuba with socialist/communist reforms.
Before coming into power, Fidel Castro had promised the people of Cuba that he would change and rehabilitate their rights and freedom from the corrupted constitution that was announced in 1940. Instead, when he had become president, Fidel Castro almost immediately took radical actions and made industrial and commercial movements throughout Cuba to nationalize it instead of keeping them private to the country.
In 1961, the United States ensured the hatred of Americans for Fidel Castro when they had broke political and diplomatic relations and armed many Cubans that sought to overthrow Castro and his leadership. They were eventually destroyed by Castro's army. Also, in the year of 1962, Castro was associated and allied with the Soviet Union. When the Soviet Union had sent nuclear warheads to Cuba, the United States had threatened to retaliate. After a short period of panic throughout worldwide governments and a massive stalemate, named the Cuban Missile Crisis, Cuba had come to an agreement with the United States. They had taken American nuclear weapons out of Turkey and had made the government stay out of Fidel Castro's and Cuba's political affairs, not allowing them to overthrow Fidel Castro reign.
After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, Fidel Castro's power had weakened and softened. He had first seen the economic downfall and allowed the liberalization of the economy while still maintaining constriction in Cuba's political life. Later in 1993, Fidel Castro had finally allowed and lifted the restrictions that kept the people of Cuba from leaving, creating a massive exodus of Cubans towards the United States. He had even allowed Pope John Paul II to visit for the first time in 1998. But he then strengthened control of Cuba after becoming an ally with Venezuela and Hugo Chavez in 2003.