Cuba needs freedom, not private beauty parlors

Above the food, medicine, medical care, clothes, and a host of other essential goods and services denied the Cuban people by the Castro dictatorship, what Cuba desperately needs is freedom. Without freedom, there can be no rights, only privileges arbitrarily doled out by a repressive and criminal dictatorship. Private beauty parlors and restaurants do not make people free, democracy and the respect for individual rights makes people free. In addition, giving a slave the privilege of selling his assigned living quarters to another slave does not make that slave the owner of the living quarters, and much less does it make him free.

The world can parse every word and detail that is produced by the farcical reforms of the Castro dictatorship, but not one of those reforms gives the Cuban people what they need and want: FREEDOM.

Jacinda Chan at Policymic.com: Cuba Needs to Focus on Human Rights More Than Economic Freedoms

[…] Castro still violates Cubans’ freedom of movement. He continues to enforce Decree 217 that prohibits “persons in other provinces from moving into Havana.” This decree prevents Cubans from accessing the wealth they need to live free lives. Havana is where a majority of business transactions occur and therefore, holds the countries profits. Without access to Havana, Cubans cannot obtain the wealth they need to get what they want. This leaves Cubans powerless to determine their lives. In order for Cubans to live free lives, Castro must stop his methods of social oppression and allow for a multitude of voices to be heard.

This could be difficult, though. The Cuban government prohibits all political opponents. The government harasses those who dare to give voice to the desires of their fellow Cubans and repeatedly beats and tortures dissidents during detentions. According to the Cuban Committee for Human Rights and National Reconciliation, the number of persons detained temporarily for political reasons rose from 821 between January 2010 and June 2010 to 1,727 between July 2010 and December 2010. The Cuban government only continues to exasperate this trend by imprisoning more political prisoners.

With this pattern of human rights abuse, economic reform alone stands no chance at democratizing Cuba. Instead, policymakers need to focus on pressuring Castro to implement civil and political freedoms. If Cuba solved the roots of much of its problems – restrictions on movement and oppression of political opponents – Cubans could live freer lives.

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Read the entire piece HERE.

2 thoughts on “Cuba needs freedom, not private beauty parlors”

  1. Fidel’s supposed witch, I mean wife, begs to differ. She needs every beauty parlor she can get. And Mariela’s not looking too fresh lately, either.

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