Looks like the upheaval in Cuba is getting serious-
Other countries are realizing that communism sucks, meanwhile it appears more in the US don't realize how good they have it and are welcoming communist ideology into their lives. Maybe there should be some sort of mass trade, let's welcome in those who seek refuge from communist tyranny and deport those who favor communism to a communist stronghold... like Cuba.
I'm not convinced that communism is the causal factor. Consider that other democracies in central America are equal shit shows when it comes to addressing the basic needs of it's citizens while the other paradigm of communism, China, suffers none of the problems that Cuba experiences.
Personally, I think this is a result of the Cold War, of Russia and the USA fighting their wars "by proxy" and the America's suffering for it. My home country of Chile experienced this and we are still feeling the repercussions of said international interventions, as witnessed by our current complete constitutional re-write.
I think Cuba will have to do the same: throw off the shackles of the past and embrace the future. How it does this is unclear. For Chile, that involved a strong dictator that led to a strong democracy influenced by that dictator and is currently trying for a strong democracy free of that influence.
For Cuba, I don't know. We don't give a shit over our current us territory of Puerto Rico and thus despite US protestations against it's communist state, I've very little confidence that we will help it's citizens in any substantive way should they overthrow their government.
I think I have experienced a revelation - I recently have come to believe that people who militate - riot - demonstrate and make demands in myriad ways really and truly don't give a damn if gov't is communist, capitalist, or any other name or form. I believe they suffer from envy - they want their own seat at an imaginary "high table".
Their perception is that there are some people (usually gov't officials and their cronies) who have much more stuff - wealth than the envious members of the mob have.
It's not that they don't have enough to sustain themselves it is that they see others who have more. It isn't "need" that the mob expresses - it is "want" - want of a larger slice of the proverbial pie.
I don't think many members of the great mob could intelligently articulate the characteristics of the various political ideologies. Communism, Capatalism, Monarchy, Theocracy, any form of despotism...it's all the same to them. The only thing that matters to them really is their own perception of how much wealth and power they hold in comparison to others.