How did Fidel Castro’s communistic regime beginning in 1959 affect civil society in the short and long run? Two main features of civil society as highlighted by Benestad are the Church, and the family. I will also be highlighting how civil society in sports was affected by communism in Cuba. The separation of church and state was clearly visible when Castro’s El Partido Communismo (Communism Party) took control of the country instilling Marxist ideologies into a once very prosperous country. The separation of church and state opened the gates for religious segregation, violation of family rights and corrupted athletics which was the pride of the people. In this paper I will argue how Castro’s regime overtook the country and deprived them of their liberties and affected civil society during the revolution and in the many decades after. Much of what I will discuss in this paper comes from personal knowledge on the subject, knowledge which I have gained from living in South Florida and growing up with a father that left his home country of Cuba in search for freedom in 1980 on the Mariel boatlift.
Objection 1. Religion in present day Cuba seems as if it is free as Castro himself insists, with a weekly church attendance of 250,000 and a total of 120 Catholic churches on the island. Fidel Castro embraced Jesus Christ and in my opinion made him seem as if Christ himself was communist “In my opinion Christ was a great revolutionary… He condemned the rich, the merchants and the Pharisees with very strong words. He washed the feet of his disciples. What worthier man can one find?” With this message the people of Cuba saw socialism as something to embrace and practice, they thought if Jesus Christ did it then we are going in the right direction.
Objection 2. It seems that communism did not directly impact Cuban families because of the similarities between modern American families in core personal values pertaining to loved ones. The modern Cuban family is similar to the American ones in which the mothers can be overbearing, children rebel against the will of their parents, and families gather together on special occasion for large meals and games such as dominoes. Castro claims that women’s rights in Cuba have improved since the time of the revolution, and that women have the same rights in cultural, political, economical, and social sectors. Women are allowed a college level education and the right to choose their career path. Children in modern day Cuba are offered free education throughout their life and are in school for 6 days out of the week with a combination of academics and manual labor. Health care on the island is government run, private hospitals and walk-in clinics are non-existent. Castro believes that the government run health care is the reason for life expectancy is one of the highest in the region at (78.05).
Objection 3. Castro’s regime instilled a mindset among the people that sports were to be equally attainable among...