Cuba Tourists Alert
Because of this I am always learning things about those who read my blog. In the past few months I have had a surge in hits from Cuba, for example. This tells me that Cubans are feeling secure enough and have the means to find my blog and read it. Also recently I've seen a real increase in those searching for information about becoming ill while on vacation in Cuba. Usually the search criteria has words like "stomach cramps" or "diarrhea" or "dengue fever."
The thing that many tourists do not understand is Cuba is an extremely poor country. They produce barely any wealth as a nation. The old line of thinking is it's because of the "embargo." But that's nonsense and I wish the U.S. would lift it today and say to the Castro regime, "What'll ya have today?" That's because the reply would be "nada." Cuba has no money because at the end of the day money is a reflection of the wealth in society. Now I realize that some of you more liberal tourists feel that "wealth" is a dirty word even as you enjoy the fruits of the wealth that YOU created. Wealth, my dear travelers, is but the result of human labor mixed with the land to produce something that other humans find useful, vital or enjoyable. Things like toilet paper are items of wealth. Now you can go back and live in the woods if you can get by without things like toilet papers. But the Cuban people and I rather like modern living.
Since Cuba is one of the more collectivist nations, the people's hands are tied by the rulers who decide everything - the people nothing. Under this system the rulers tell you where to work and get all the output from your labor. Then they give you fifty cents per day for your efforts. Naturally, after almost fifty years of the promise of prosperity as well as all of the stolen stuff having been used up, the Cuban people produce very little wealth. Why produce wealth for the Castro boys?
So, to sum up, poverty breeds filth and disease. It means that normally food is scarce and now that the banker cartel has vastly increased the quantity of money across the globe the price structure we depend on to bring food to the marketplace has been disrupted. It means Canadians, Europeans and U.S. citizens must pay more for less food. In Cuba it means doing without - unless you can steal the tourists' food and give the travelers something else - like dysentery.