The hideously depressing thing is that Cuba under Battista–Cuba in 1957–was a developed country. Cuba in 1957 had lower infant mortality than France, Belgium, West Germany, Israel, Japan, Austria, Italy, Spain, and Portugal. Cuba in 1957 had doctors and nurses: as many doctors and nurses per capita as the Netherlands, and more than Britain or Finland. Cuba in 1957 had as many vehicles per capita as Uruguay, Italy, or Portugal. Cuba in 1957 had 45 TVs per 1000 people–fifth highest in the world. Cuba today has fewer telephones per capita than it had TVs in 1957.
Thus I don\’t understand lefties who talk about the achievements of the Cuban Revolution: \”…to have better health care, housing, education, and general social relations than virtually all other comparably developed countries.\” Yes, Cuba today has a GDP per capita level roughly that of–is \”comparably developed\”–Bolivia or Honduras or Zimbabwe, but given where Cuba was in 1957 we ought to be talking about how it is as developed as Italy or Spain.
The great revolution might indeed provide things that certain lefties like. But it can only be viewed as a success even in those terms by refusing to look at where it was before said great revolution.