We celebrate another anniversary of Cuban independence from Spain. This is a good day to remember what my parents told me about Cuba.
They recalled the elegance of Havana and how nice the country was.
They never said that it was perfect BUT certainly not “the underdeveloped country” narrative that Castro & the left have been preaching for years.
This was pre-Castro Cuba, as Mark Milke wrote:
Of the many myths that some offer up about Fidel Castro’s Cuba, one tale is that despite Mr. Castro’s repression, he improved a few social programs.
Thus, in his statement on Mr. Castro’s death, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asserted “significant improvements” in Cuban health care and education under the totalitarian tutelage of Fidel Castro.
An inconvenient fact: Pre-Castro, Cuba was already better off than most Latin American countries on such indicators.
Also, Mr. Castro’s rule knocked Cubans to the near-economic bottom of all Latin American countries, with subsequent negative effects on Cuba’s much-vaunted social model.
In other words, pre-Castro Cuba was a much better place to live than post-1959.