Fidel Castro’s death was followed by predictably mendacious praise about literacy rates and healthcare.
Marian Tupy writes:
Looking on the bright side, at least nobody has claimed that Cuban education and healthcare are of world-beating quality. That Cubans should be literate is to be expected. All communist dictatorships taught their people how to read and then they gave them all the reading material that the government propaganda ministries have managed to print.
When it comes to healthcare, let’s get a few things straight. All socialist regimes have had a two tier healthcare system – one for the senior communist party members (with excellent and motivated doctors, and western drugs and medical equipment) and one for the hoi polloi (with apathetic medical staff and shortages of, well, everything). I know this because I grew up under socialism and spoke to Cubans, whose stories are very similar to my own.