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Yet another legacy of Castroism: a trashy culture

Beautiful Alamar

Beautiful Alamar

Another chapter in that ever-expanding book: The True Legacy of the Castro Dynasty.

Last week, attention was paid to the chapter on vulgarity -- "chusmeria" -- engendered by Castroism.

This week's chapter is difficult to entitle.  Although it covers environmental abuse, it's possible to argue that it really focuses mostly on one of its causes: the creation of a culture in which absolute selfishness is the highest virtue and disregard for one's neighbors and the environment is endemic.

Chusmas who don't give a damn, coupled with a government that gives even less of a damn about sanitation or the environment: this is another wonderful legacy of 55 years of Castroism.

Cuba was a very different place 55 years ago.  One can argue it was a totally different culture, even a different country, much more civilized than present-day Castrogonia.

How can one best describe the culture of Castrogonia?  Simple.  "Hell on earth" will do.  But one word alone also suffices: "trashy."

Here is an essay written by a young resident of Castrogonia who is horrified by his own culture.

Trash in beautiful Alamar

Cuba and the Environment: We Are the Ones Who Lose

Kabir Vega Castellanos / HAVANA TIMES

(The author is a teenager who lives in Alamar, a suburb to the east of Havana that consists mainly of Soviet-style apartment buildings -- one of the very few housing projects ever added to the urban landscape of the capital  by the Castro dynasty).

One of the things that worries me most about Cuba today is the damage being done to the environment.

When I take a stroll down Alamar, if I have to cut across a green area, I find it hard to choose a path: absolutely all of them are covered with garbage, and the abominable smell (of rotting food, dead animals and stagnant water) makes it difficult to breathe. Most of them are shortcuts, outside urban farms that are in pretty much the same condition.

I used to ask myself why there was so much garbage lying around everywhere.

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I had my answer when I saw a woman throw away her garbage on the ground, a few steps away from the bin. Many had apparently had the same idea, for there was more garbage outside than inside the bin, which wasn’t even full.

At CDR meetings, people complain about those who throw out their garbage from the higher floors of buildings. I’ve seen bags full of garbage in the most incredible places, and I can’t help but ask myself why people don’t realize this is the place they live in – they’re not even sending their garbage off to a different planet (which would also be disastrous, of course).

In the city, I have also come across the smell of dead animals (religious sacrifices), rotting garbage or excrement. Some places constantly reek of urine.

Where is this neglect coming from? Many of the people who throw out greasy pizza wrappers or empty pop cans on the street are well-dressed and, in all likelihood, live in very clean homes. I also don’t understand why, in Cuba, garbage isn’t classified and separated as it is in the rest of the world.

Continue reading HERE.

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