One of them is Tomas Estrada-Palma.
This introduction posted in his blog is self-explanatory: "I am the great grandson of Don Tomas Estrada-Palma, the first President of Cuba (1902-1906)"
I´ve asked some questions to Tomás and he kindly answered me.
Here´s the Q&A:
2) What is your history, Tomas?
As a social concept communism is not very revolutionary. In fact it has been tried before in many various forms under many different names but these were all based on one flawed fundamental concept – that individuals must sacrifice their liberty for the promise of security for the group. But Benjamin Franklin correctly stated that, "Those who would sacrifice precious liberty for a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety…" The flaw in capitalism, which even Karl Marx noted, was the monopoly of land. But even so he advocated communism based on banning capital and central planning of the economy. Had Castro or Che had even the slightest amount of formal training in economics then history would not have had to be called upon yet again to demonstrate the folly of this approach. Communists tried to correct the land monopoly flaw in the capitalist system, which does cause a certain amount of poverty in quasi free market economies like the U.S., by central planning which always leads to repression. But the solution to the nagging poverty that plagues capitalist economies was first noted by Henry George during the 19th Century and described aptly and convincingly in his masterpiece, "Progress and Poverty." Your readers can get the whole text right here:
5) Which are your feelings on the future of the Cuba. What could be the after-Castro horizon for Cuba and Cubans.
6) A message for South America and Brazilians.
I don't know too much about the Sao Paulo Forum other than it is a collection of leftist who plot together to spread their ideology. This ideology demands central control of the economy initially but always ends with controls on personal freedom. That occurs because when you remove the economic incentive to work, which happens when profiting is banned, the government then must coerce individuals to be productive and responsible. In the U.S. the main flow of leftist ideology into the minds of Americans is the public school. A majority of teachers in this country are socialist and preach this historically flawed political/economic concept. This is why we homeschool our children. I believe parents who send their kids to public school are guilty of child abuse. I call for a permanent Constitutional separation between school and the state. It is interesting that all of the countries who were formerly communist are moving away from it at lightning speed while some countries in the West like Venezuela are moving towards communism. I am a classical liberal or in other words, a Jeffersonian. I believe the individual has sovereignty over his time, body and money. It is a simple question that most don't bother asking. Who decides, the individual or the state? Take this test and find out how you believe. http://www.quiz2d.com/
I have found leftist to also be elitists who have contempt for the individual. Leftists see no wrong in making the individual suffer for what the leadership feels is good for the masses. So the short answer is "no." The socialist rulers get to makes choices for everybody else. This replaces decision making that is practical for the individual with decisions that are based on politics.
Here´s a final photo: