Haters of capitalism routinely invoke the specter of “income inequality” and talk often of the gap between rich and poor.
Yet never is that gap larger than in socialist countries which have driven out capitalism. Witness North Korea, where government leaders reside in palaces surrounded by fearful starving servants.
Or witness socialist Cuba under Fidel Castro. Fidel Castro’s former bodyguard Juan Reinaldo Sánchez says that the communist leader “lived like a king” and “ran the country like a cross between medieval overlord and Louis XV.” While ordinary Cubans stood in breadlines and watched as their society descended into poverty and slavery, Castro owned a luxurious private yacht and had his own private island. The opulent island was complete with dolphins and a turtle farm. When in Havana, Castro lived in a sprawling estate with a rooftop bowling alley, expansive well-groomed lawns, a basketball court and fully equipped medical center.