|Quoting pu (Reply 149):|
However, the point of this thread is that Cuba has big problems, blamed on America.
Yet again. that was not said, here is post 142 again for you.
|Quoting YVRLTN (Reply 142):|
To be very clear, the conversation went that way looking at how the revolution came to be, but really it is one part of a three part problem, and an historical one which contributed to the state of things which led to a dictator then the revolution. The other two parts are Spanish colonialism and the current socialist regime including too close ties with the USSR.
Of course in 2016 only one of those three factors are still in place and there is absolutely no question that the current regime is the prime cause of the current state of the Cuban economy, that is totally indisputable. In the 80's things were not too bad and there were huge Soviet funded infrastructure projects, but the collapse of the USSR hit Cuba very very hard and ended it all, they were forced back to subsistence farming to survive and the whole thing was brought to its knees, which forced some reform and opening up of relations with other non communist countries such as Brazil and Korea, and now they are somewhat back on their feet again.
The other two factors however have played their part historically and left their marks.
American policy with a view to incorporating Cuba against their wishes, rampant American mafia funded capitalism (the proceeds of which largely did not remain in Cuba - which was what the revolution was against as much as anything), support of a dictator, CIA incompetence even corruption, right through to modern history of maintaining sanctions and lumping Cuba in with Iraq and Afghanistan have very much played a part in where Cuba are at. But it is not the number one primary cause for Cuban misery in 2016 (if they are miserable).
I truly believe at the time the Cuban people were quite happy to try a socialist government, such views were quite popular and had a lot of backing going back 30 years. Today, sure some are leaving, but many seem quite content, after all the healthcare and education is very good and free and you are guaranteed a job and support and the essentials of life for your family should you want it - just that those are not very good...