I remember watching a documentary about Cuba, and some young girl told the American camera man, that she could careless about $70 high quality Nike shoes, as long as Cuba meets her basic needs, in which she felt the Cuban govt. did meet those needs. There was also countless highly talented Cuban baseball players who refused to leave Cuba out of national pride even though they could have signed million dollar contracts with the MLB. The thing is buddyholly, not everyone around the world, is obsessed with the best shoes, the best cars, the best food, the best phones, the best income, the best weather, the best everything! If these people support their leaders/govt., that's their problem, not yours.
But when you try to impose your ethnocentric racist view of what is "right" and what is "wrong", that's just stupid. Because every country around the world is ran differently, and if the people want to change it, believe me, they will change it (that is what revolutions, reforms, etc are for). But if they want to keep things the way they are, they will keep it. This is common sense.
"Ethnocentric racist?'' Nice phrasing. If you really believe that people will just change things to suit themselves in a country like Cuba, then common sense is something you lack. You have no idea.
Cubans don't necessarily want the best of everything. Most of them would just like any
kind of phone, car or income. The weather, at least, Castro has graciously permitted. But show me a young Cuban that truthfully
says he/she doesn't want a pair of Nikes from relatives in Miami. I don't think so. In fact, I don't think you have any idea what Cubans really want.
You probably would deny that that young girl was just parroting what she has been taught since birth. The wish for something beyond basic existence has already been drummed into her brain in school as a ''non-patriotic'' wish.
I get pissed when people like you would make statements like ''Oh the Cubans are so lucky that they don't have those awful McDonalds on every corner." My experience in Cuba is that Cubans dream of the forbidden luxury of being able to sample a Big Mac. That is hardly an obsession with the best.