So, a self-described “paleo-leftist” travels to Cuba to witness a “socialist paradise” and finds a Caribbean Hell. Better yet, he writes up an article on the experience that actually gets printed. (Of course, the piece appeared in a UK paper. As my colleague from reason Magazine, Michael Moynihan has noted, US media still has a soft spot for Fidel.) Pull quote: “I’ve certainly witnessed squalor, but nothing prepared me for the backstreets of Havanna.” A black mark on US history is how we propped up Castro with our silly embargo. Anyone want to take the over/under on how long Castro would have lasted with a McDonald’s in Havanna?
Michael Flynn is Director of Government Affairs for the Reason Foundation, a nonpartisan think tank whose mission is to advance a free society by developing, applying, and promoting libertarian principles, including individual liberty, free markets, and the rule of law.