Analyzing Cuban Communism
Fidel Castro is a towering figure in Cuba he is after all the brain child of Cuban Communism and the leader of the Cuban communist party (CCP). Communism was introduced to the Cuba after the successful overthrow of dictator Fulgencio Batista in 1959. To the western countries, Cuba stands as an eyesore; it is an embodiment of an ideology that totally contradicts the tenets of democracy. This difference in Ideology especially with the United States has led to many embargoes against Cuba. But, is the embargoes justified? This article explores some of the pros and cons of Cuban communism.
Before the communist revolution, Cuba education system was skewed in favor of the rich. The communist government introduced Universal education and literacy (99.98%) that today ranks as one of the best in the world with a teacher to student ratio of one to every ten students. This is higher than the United States ratio of one to fifteen students.
Another milestone of Cuban communism is free healthcare system. Cuba healthcare system is arguably one of the best in the world, attracting patients all over the world. Cuba has more trained doctors than any country in the world, and its infant mortality is one of the lowest in the world. Cuba excellent health care system has raised life expectancy. According to the United Nations, Cuba life expectancy is 37th in the world with an average life expectancy of 78.3 years.
Other benefits of Cuban communism include low crime rates, and more equality in the society.
It is not secret that the Cuban regime manages its affairs with an iron fist. This has led to many political dissidents being jailed for long prison sentences because of their political beliefs. Freedom of speech and assembly has also been heavily curtailed.
Innovation in Cuba is almost dead. The reason is obvious when people are made to think in a certain way, new ideas are rarely born. Cuba machinery and technology mirrors those of the 20th century.
Cuban Communism has brought about isolation with the outside world. Globalization is a fact of our time the internet age in Cuba has not yet arrived face book and twitter are just but fantasies in Cuba. As humanity takes giant strides, Cuban communism has worked to see that their citizens never enjoy the joys of an open world.