In the comments at Penultimos Dias, Ernesto explains his position on remittances. You could say that this is the clean version of Val’s rant from earlier today:
Some time ago I wrote a post about remittances: it is absurd to ignore the fact that they are the main source -or among the main sources- of dollars for a system with which I do not agree. If that money stayed among the population or were reinvested, as in any normal society, I would have no objection. But it ends up being carefully collected by the government. Maybe you don’t think that’s intelligent reasoning, but it is the pure truth. In addition, remittances are not prohibited now: they are simply limited. We talk about Cuba as if it were a normal country. It is not. The Swedish bikinis that came with the boom of tourism did not bring down Franco and neither will the hypothetical wave of American tourists make Cubans freer or happier. By contrast, economic stability for a repressive system will bring us 10 more years of castroism: misery and lies disguised as good intentions and human solidarity.