First, let me apologize. I didn't stop an echo here. It is hard to do with family, I'll grant you. And she's in her 90's, so .... I'm not about screwing up family time, really. You have to pick your battles when it comes to family.
But sitting at dinner tonight, talking to The Progressive (family member), who finished reading "Last Man Out" which was written by a man who lives in the same retirement community she does.
She said it was impressive what Castro had accomplished, raising the literacy rate from very low to almost 100%, and the universal health care, yada, yada ....
"The only thing that went wrong was the sugar cane didn't do as well as they expected, so they didn't have the money they needed."
I am telling you, my tongue has tooth perforations in it, and it was all I could do to keep blood from shooting out of my eyes. My wife was looking at me to watch my reaction.
Later she [my wife] told me that in an earlier conversation The Progressive had told her that "the rich people all 'left' because they couldn't have it the way they wanted it. They all went to Florida."
Oh, yes, they were just irritated and just voluntarily packed their bags and left. Right.
'The way they wanted it'. You know, little things like property rights. "Hey, give us your property and submit or we'll kill you." Yeah, they left with their lives -- when they could.
"I didn't read the parts about Castro and the military and all that. That stuff doesn't interest me."
It would never occurr to her that perhaps the sugar cane production didn't meet expectations because, unlike in a Capitalist system, there was no personal incentive to do the work to make it produce what privateers, who had incentive, used to make it produce before you stole their land, or murdered them and took it, or just kicked them out of the country, happy to escape with their lives -- and took it.
The woman is a full-blown Socialist.