Hardship can spawn artists that find creative methods of expressing themselves despite a culture of oppression.
The pre-Christmas announcement by President Obama that the United States would re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba will reignite a number of debates. One will be about the cause of Cuban poverty over the past 56 years.
In Fidel Castros recent interview with Atlantic Monthly columnist Jeffrey Goldberg and in response to the question, Is the Cuban economic model still worth exporting?, the retired dictator made this admission: The Cuban model doesn't even work for us anymore.
Several days later, Castro backpedalled. He claimed he actually meant the opposite. My idea, said Fidel, is that the capitalist system no longer works for the United States or the world. How could such a system work for a socialist country like Cuba?