Note to Gen Z: Sanders’ socialism hit Cuba like an atom bomb

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

11 Comments on Note to Gen Z: Sanders’ socialism hit Cuba like an atom bomb

  1. Lenin said, “Give me just one generation of youth, and I’ll transform the whole world.”

    The “me” in that sentence are the fucking teacher’s unions. You can lay every problem we have right at their feet. They injected 10s of millions of idiots into our once self reliant culture.

    The result is right before our eyes. There will never be real, nonviolent change until there the money follows the child which will create the one thing these scum fear most. Competition.

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  2. All collectivist societies or -isms
    are totalitarian in nature.

    ALL OF THEM

    Unions pretend to be benevolent
    but they’re not !

    They’re just as totalitarian but pretend
    to be something desirable.

    Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden
    pretend to be something else.

    They’re no different than the Castro brothers.

    The Castros rarely smiled because
    they didn’t have to.

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  3. “Young people! If you elect that guy… He’ll nuke the Boomer Dream.”

    Somehow… I don’t think that’s gonna get the reaction you seem to be hoping for.

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  4. Socialists want everything to be free, and higher pay for all. But in actuality, it’s only for those connected to the ruling party. We have way too much socialism in the US already.

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  5. So was this trip to Cuba planned with the expectation of the students being enthralled by the experience of seeing first hand the benefits of the country’s enlightened society? Why Cuba?

    It appears that the student who wrote the piece didn’t develop the desired effect.

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  6. Sanders is a corrupt POS, and he knows it. He is about as genuine as john kerry, and about as treasonous.

    They both belong in jail.

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  7. My family left Cuba and everything we owned in 1963, and never looked back. Now one of my sons would like to go visit Cuba. I told him if he went he would no longer be my son. He’s thinking it over.

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  8. Most human beings are to some degree work-averse. They will try to get out of it if possible. That includes both physical and mental work.

    I do it like most others. Although my best days at work are when I think I have accomplished a lot and/or have come up with new solutions to problems. What’s difficult is the day-to-day drudgery.

    Anyhow, my point is that socialism/communism will not work on account of this human feature.

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