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Has Communism Been Good For Cuba?

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How does one define the word "good?" If something is good, is it helpful? Profitable? Satisfactory? According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, when something is good, it can be relied on, it's loyal, and it's true. Communism is misunderstood by many Americans. This is mainly due to a lack of knowledge of what it truly is. Before one can decide whether Communism fits the definition of good, one must first understand what this type of government is. Communism is a theory that was proposed by a German philosopher named Karl Marx. Under Communism there is no private property, instead, all property is owned by the state. In addition, no one works for a profit, but rather for the state. There is no need to work for a profit because a committee in the government controls the economy and evenly distributes land and wealth among all the people, eliminating social classes. This is the type of government that Cuba has established, and when looking at the political, economical, and social aspects of Cuba as it is, it is evident that Communism has been good for Cuba.Despite everything Cuba has going against them, Castro and his communist policies have benefited the economy of Cuba greatly. The U.S.A. has had an embargo placed on Cuba since the 1960's and the Soviet Union cut off resources in the early 1990's. Even with these 2 factors making a huge blow to the economy of Cuba, Fidel Castro has been able to stabilize the economy of Cuba. After the Soviet Union cut off supplies, the economy of Cuba suffered great losses. However, with economic reforms, Fidel Castro has been able to increase the GDP (Gross Domestic Product), or total value of goods and services produced in a year, of Cuba in recent years. In fact, from 1995-1997, the GDP of Cuba was growing at a rate of 3-6%, higher than that of the USA (Document E). In addition, since Castro has come to office, his economic reforms have made the lives of people better. Before Fidel Castro and Communism were in place, when Fulgencio Batista was the dictator, the average annual income of a person was $91 (Document G). In 1999, the average annual income of a person was $1,700 (Document L). That's over 18 times the amount a person made under Batista. Obviously, Communism has been a great benefit to the economy of Cuba and Castro has proven himself very loyal to the people of Cuba.However, when looking at the politics of Cuba alone, one may not have as great of an impression of Cuba. The government in Cuba does have a lot of control. The government is very strict and only allows for a Communist political party there. The government can also control what is printed or read online. However, all measures are discussed with the people. The workers, peasants, students, and National Assembly all have a say in what happens in the country. In fact, Cuba is ranked as having the 3rd lowest level of human poverty out of a total of 85 developing countries. This ranking is partially based on the level of social inclusion, or...

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