WA EX: In a recent interview with 60 Minutes, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders said, “When Fidel Castro came into office, you know what he did? He had a massive literacy program. Is that a bad thing?”
Sanders owes much of his support to people from my generation. I want to caution my peers to be careful what you wish for. If Sanders gets his way, his supporters are in for a rude awakening. After my nine days in Cuba, I can tell you that the literacy rate is the least of the country’s problems. What’s more, it was Castro and his totalitarian regime that created most of those problems.
I traveled to Cuba as part of a school trip in June 2016. It was a historic trip, considering that we were one of the first seventh-grade classes to travel to Cuba after the travel ban was lifted.
I am not writing this to tear down the Cuban people or their country. They all treated us graciously, the countryside was beautiful, and the culture was fascinating. I am extremely grateful to have had that unique opportunity. However, I want to share my experience to shed light on some of the grievous shortcomings of socialism given its surge in this year’s Democratic primary.
“What being a socialist means is a vision of society where poverty is absolutely unnecessary,” Sanders said in 1988. “Where human beings can own the means of production and work together rather than having to work as semislaves to other people who can hire and fire.”
I am sad to report that what I witnessed was radically different from Sanders’s “vision.” more