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Found in Cuba: The American Dream (and Nightmare)


Found in Cuba: The American Dream (and Nightmare)

Mattea Kramer

I’ll tell you up front that my personal vehicle has crowns of rust on the rear wheel wells and an interior that smells vaguely of dog puke. It’s a 2006 Mazda3 with 150,244 miles on it and it gets me around my modest world well enough, but I sure never considered it the stuff of headlines -- until I went to Cuba, an experience that tuned up my feelings about several American phenomena.


Beautiful country. Hopefully after the Castro's are gone they can realize their full potential.


Which is what? Atlantic City? We've got a "winner" to help...


As usual, I have no idea what you are talking about Wise Owl. :slight_smile:


"It’s true that Castro would orchestrate certain genuine social achievements like a national health care system and near universal literacy, but he also set about executing his political opponents and closing down radio and television stations that weren’t controlled by the state. Over the ensuing decades, large numbers of people were imprisoned for political crimes, and others starved for lack of basic foodstuffs under the communist regime."

The "communist regime" persists despite our regime's many efforts to destroy it. You could say its paranoia is justified, if not its methods to ensure its permanency. Our regime's CIA, National Endowment for Democracy, etc. fervently wish to prevent the threat of a good example. This is demonstrated by the coups past and present that the American regime instigates for an international banking and corporate oligarchy's NWO. An international cabal whose goal is to privatize and own everything, now personified by Trump, his Wall Street Casino's son in law, and his coterie of players.

The best part of this article is:
“Why are rich countries rich?” “They suck something from somewhere else,” he said. “And that’s why Cuba is poor. We never suck nothing from no one.”


I think Wise Owl is asking you if the "full potential" of Cuba would be to become a replica of Atlantic City.



I am a little disappointed that an article in a "progressive" website equates "people having meaningful say" to holding periodic election events.



Fidel Castro was wise not to tolerate "dissidents," since the CIA has been recruiting and arming "dissidents" in order to destroy the governments of other countries since long before the Cuban Revolution in 1959.

In 1962, JFK imposed an embargo on Cuba, and the U.S. has been strangling the Cuban economy ever since.

Castro "took a country that had been turned into a whorehouse and gambling casino for the United States, and gave that country dignity. He turned a country that was poor—remains poor—into a major location for the production of medical personnel, who have gone around the world and made themselves available to countries that could never afford that kind of assistance. He—as Peter mentioned, he combated the apartheid regime in South Africa, but, in addition, provided all sorts of assistance to forces that were fighting Portuguese colonialism and white minority rule. He helped to construct the idea of Latin American independence, working very closely with the late President Chávez of Venezuela. And this is one of the reasons that he has a special place for much of black America, that he stood up to the United States. The United States did everything that they could possibly do to destroy him, to bring him down and to bring down his government, and it did not work." https://www.democracynow.org/2016/11/28/after_surviving_600_assassination_attempts_outlasting


Yeah, like those poor Syrian dissidents the CIA trains.
I wouldn't be surprised if Mattea (hispanic name) were a Cuban Am.
Those top dog families that lost their fortunes to the revolution have quite a bone to pick.


Hopefully, for the Cuban people's sake, that is not what Cuba was like prior to the Castro's.


I was in Cuba in 2012 and have a different view than this article. One of the things that struck me was how ridiculous the idea that Cuba is somehow isolated from the rest of the world. That's the story you hear from the US. But there were people from all over the world there, even many others from the US - keep in mind this is before things opened up under Obama.

Yes, Cubans in general are materially poor. But they are rich in many other ways.

Also, where did this person get her history? Many inaccuracies and exaggerations in her story.


Good point. Most Americans are under the false impression there's some kind of blockade of Cuba. Cuba can trade free with anyone they want and anyone is free to visit Cuba. Actually, the US is Cuba's 5th largest trading partner.


My Nephew lived in Cuba before he moved to New Zealand and he would corroborate your post. He told me that the Cubans are very poor but do have some of the best healthcare he has ever seen, and he has been in many, many countries around the world.


Disturbingly the article has a breitbart teflon fluff to it. As though the writer is building resumé for mass media submissions. The latter being a term in journalism gaining appropriate double meaning. Then again, as a phenomenon, perhaps one must consider the nature of media itself and some of the critiques noted by Marshall McCluhan in the 1960s.

As pointed out by other posters, “They suck something from somewhere else,” he said. “And that’s why Cuba is poor. We never suck nothing from no one.”

Anthropologists speak of the 'the colonized imaginary' - reflected here in one allusion to a linguistic effect of US television broadcasting shows produced by the largest monopolies of resources on the planet. Here, the 'sucking' is vacuumed by design. What the young bow-tied waiter experienced is becoming more and more self-explanatory.