Under Communism, Cubans Caught in Collapsing Condos
When Fidel Castro seized power in Cuba in 1959, he vowed to demolish â€śhellish tenementsâ€ť and provide new, safe houses for his countrymen. Now, nearly 60 years later, the countryâ€™s buildings are collapsing at an alarming rate, leaving many Cubans with the option of either continuing to live in death traps or moving to the governmentâ€™s overcrowded shelters.
â€śIt makes you feel like going and living under a bridge,â€ť Havana resident Carlos Guerrero, 45, told USA Today.
Officially, one building in Havana collapses, in whole or in part, almost every day. â€śSome 3,856 partial or total building collapses were reported in Havana from 2000 to 2013, not including 2010 and 2011 when no records were kept,â€ť wrote USA Today. However, in 2012, the BBC reported that â€śit is said that three houses collapse either partially or completely every single day.â€ť...
Wayfarer Pilgrim wrote: Communists and Catholics, never will have a moment of liberty or revival.
What they have in common is hatred of free-market capitalism. Catholics get theirs not from Karl Marx but Thomas Aquinas, who repeated Aristotelian nonsense about profit and interest. Whenever the pope whines about Those Greedy Capitalists, deluded Catholic conservatives (such as at Nat'l Review) keep trying to spin it as free-market friendly instead. To get the straight dope, look up "Catholic Social Teaching" or even the Catholic Catechism. You'll find that support for economic liberty and private property is, at best, highly qualified.
I'm not saying corporations aren't free from criticism, but the solution is not less liberty, but more, along with vigilant civil (not "social") justice when abuses occur.
At least when the roof caves in and the walls fall down, the lucky Cubanos have universal healthcare to treat their injuries. Too bad Jim and his hero Bernie donâ€™t spend a couple of years on the island so they can see the end results of their idiotic notions about economics.