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May 16

Cuban socialism devastated the environment

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Reason Magazine’s cartoonist Peter Bagge recently took a 4-day trip to Cuba.

(Cuba has recently opened itself somewhat to American tourism.)

Bagge reports that Cuba is a filthy island with littered beaches and smoke-filled air. The air pollution is so bad there that Cuba’s weather reports sometimes simply say: “Smoky.”

There are rolling blackouts and bad plumbing. Evidence of racial discrimination, according to Bagge, is everywhere, even while Cuban socialists proclaim their society to be racism-freeSee here.

Bagge reports that the most highly educated Cubans make more money catering to western tourists than they would practicing their professions.