Michigan Republican Thad McCotter was once quoted as saying… ‘You are being asked to choose between bread and freedom … the American people have chosen freedom’.
That’s as may be. Stephen Kinzer in The Guardian poses the same equation for Cuba and its neighbours…. Caribbean communism v capitalism.
Cubans may not denounce their regime and demand a different one. Some who do so find themselves under 24-hour surveillance, are assaulted by gangs of neighbours organised by communist authorities, and run the risk of prison. In Central American countries, by contrast, laws guarantee every citizen the right to free speech. Dissidents in Guatemala, for example, are never arrested or prosecuted for their statements. The system works differently there: they are simply shot.