Never forget the US left’s disgusting love affair with the Castro regime

By Rich Lowry. July 12. 2021

Former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro has been a romanticized figure among the left in the United States.

Former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro has been a romanticized figure among the left in the United States.Photo by David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images

It’s not easy to run a hideous dictatorship and still have fans and defenders in fashionable quarters, but the Castro dictatorship has managed it all of these decades.

The mass, spontaneous protests that broke out all over the country last weekend are yet another sign that the Cuban government lacks all legitimacy. In Cuba, it is the government versus the people, and lo, all these years, Castro’s apologists have been with the government.

They have romanticized Fidel Castro, the founder father of Cuba’s junta. They have swallowed its propaganda. They have made excuses for it. They have looked away from its crimes. And they have blamed America for its manifest failures.null

If the protests continue in Cuba, there will be an existential struggle between people in the streets displaying American flags and chanting for freedom and an organized crime syndicate that rules by force and has long held the affection of American left.

During his presidential campaign last year, Bernie Sanders wouldn’t back off his supportive statements about the Castro regime over the years — yes, the government should be less authoritarian, but it has done so much good. Filmmaker Michael Moore made a popular movie extolling the Cuban health-care system.

Upon Fidel’s death in 2016, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed his “deep sorrow” at the death of “Cuba’s longest serving president” (when a president jails his opponents, he can indeed stay in office a long time).

Cuba’s regime has long benefited from the romantic image of violent Latin American revolutionaries (Che Guevara is a popular progressive mascot), the fact that it is a left-wing, rather than right-wing dictatorship, and that it has always fed off Anti-American sentiments.

People protesting the Cuban government and President Miguel Diaz-Canel in Havana on July 11, 2021
People protesting the Cuban government and President Miguel Diaz-Canel in Havana on July 11, 2021
Photo by YAMIL LAGE/AFP via Getty Images

The rationalizations offered for the regime are tinny and misleading. We are supposed to believe that Cuba was sunk in medieval illiteracy until enlightened Communists came to power who cared above all about social progress and just happened to jail, torture, and kill lots of people in the course of teaching kids to read.

But it’s not true that Cuba was markedly illiterate prior to the advent of the Castro dictatorship; in 1960, the literacy rate was about 80 percent, among the highest in Latin America. Nor is it correct that Castro had benevolent intentions with his literacy campaign; the point was to make it easier to stuff the Cuban people with Communist propaganda.

Finally, it’s wrong to presume that people can only learn to read if they are cowed into submission by Marxist thugs; other Latin American countries achieved massive increases in literacy without throwing people in gulags.

Cuba was among the leaders in the region in terms of infant mortality and life expectancy — two other supposed benefits of communism — before the revolution.

But it’s not true that Cuba was markedly illiterate prior to the advent of the Castro dictatorship; in 1960, the literacy rate was about 80 percent, among the highest in Latin America. Nor is it correct that Castro had benevolent intentions with his literacy campaign; the point was to make it easier to stuff the Cuban people with Communist propaganda.

Finally, it’s wrong to presume that people can only learn to read if they are cowed into submission by Marxist thugs; other Latin American countries achieved massive increases in literacy without throwing people in gulags.

Cuba was among the leaders in the region in terms of infant mortality and life expectancy — two other supposed benefits of communism — before the revolution.

The economic historian Brad DeLong has noted that Cuba in 1957 had lower infant mortality than many European countries, more doctors and nurses per capita than Britain or Finland, and as many vehicles per capita as Italy or Portugal. After decades of Castro’s dictatorship, its per capita GDP ranks with Mongolia and Bhutan, according to CIA figures.

This suggests, correctly, that Castro took over a country in pretty good shape and wrecked it, rather than the other way around.

The government’s failures are always blamed on the US embargo. If it weren’t for the US strictures, on this view, Cuba would be the one Marxist economy in the world able to deliver plenty to its people. Actually, shortages are endemic because of the inefficiencies inherent to command-and-control economies.

The US embargo is unilateral, and the Cuban government has long been expert at evading it. There is nothing keeping Cuba from trading with other advanced Western countries and buying their goods, if the artificially impoverished country could afford them (its characteristic way of doing business is to buy on credit and then never pay up).

All of this has always been plain enough, but now even more so. There is a revolutionary movement afoot in Cuba, one that is courageous, inspiring, and — one hopes — truly democratic. It is the ordinary people of Cuba attempting to vindicate their rights against the Left’s favorite dictatorship.

6 comments

  • onlyfactsplease

    Maybe this time a people are able to get rid of the filthy regime that has suppressed it far too long already … unlike Belarus. But, this would still be a defeat for mafia land AND our own leftist scum.

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  • Also the hard left in Britain have always revered the Castro bros and their murderous, squalid regime. Their psychopathic sidekick; the torture-loving firing squad enthusiast; Che Guevara, was also so revered that students wore T-shirts bearing his ugly image for decades. To this day, I still loathe the sight of some student revolutionary (“or cunts as I call them”- Ricky Gervais) wearing a beret.

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    • onlyfactsplease

      I can’t comprehend people who admire leftist scum. Not a single country that was ruled by leftists was worth more than crap. They were all dictatorships with the people living in suppression and poverty. They should all move to a desert island and live their form of utopia there without dragging everyone else down to their level.

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      • That reminds me of what Bernie the dandruff factory Sanders said about Castro. That he was young when he listened to Castro’s speeches and was inspired that Castro was fighting against rich people.
        Now Bolshevik Bernie is very rich but still supports Communism and fighting rich people and doesn’t even see the irony. It is always true that the hard left insists you follow rules that they don’t but they want equality and equity. Worse yet, how in the hell do these guys get elected in the USA?!

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        • He loves dictators. As long as they are commies! A famous quote from barmy Bernie:
          “As a socialist, the word socialism does not frighten me, and I think it’s probably fair to say that the Nicaraguan government is primarily a socialist government.”
          He uses the word ‘socialist’ in its correct form; as defined by Vladimir Lenin. Socialism is merely the vanguard for true communism. All socialists are in reality just shy commies. If Biden is allowed to give away millions of passports to new clients of the socialist welfare state, he will have finished the job started by Ted Kennedy in his 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act. The vanguard for perpetual Democrat rule.

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        • onlyfactsplease

          “…how in the hell do these guys get elected in the USA?!” We have too many day dreamers and lazy slobs who think that the leftists will give them something for nothing.

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