“We Don’t Need the Empire to Give us Anything.”

An excerpt from “My Life,” a conversation between Ignacio Ramonet and Fidel Castro:

Could you tell me what your salary is?

My salary, at the exchange rate of twenty-five pesos per dollar, is thirty dollars a month…

I can say that a formula has been applied: from each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs. And so my needs, my personal needs, are really very few, and I’ve never had an increase in salary…

A person is at peace in his own mind, really happy, strong, with that sort of rule.”

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