"Don't hate on me bro" - Loz
This is good news. I'm pleased to see hard evidence that Cuba is recovering after the fall of the Soviet Union. I don't like the energy source being used, but considering the situation, it's totally understandable.
The other thing the article mentioned is internet access. In some ways, I think it's a good thing that access is being limited. The net is an excellent creation, but it has it's drawbacks too.
I wasn't aware appliance use was limited in the first place.
Actually neither was I. But they're kind of in a tough situation. Cuba can't fill the market with games and movies created in a socialist way. Maybe some movies.
Most movies and games in my country are about glorifying violence and militarism and/or pornography. (Almost like I'm being prepared for something...) As a socialist country, I don't think Cuba needs that.
However there are some good movies (Good Morning America, Matrix, etc. Not that I like Matrix.) and videogames (Tropico, Galactic Civilizations maybe, etc). I wonder how Cuba will handle this. I would expect the USSR to selectively allow games that, if they aren't pro-socialist, at least are about more than militarism and pornography, and try to fill the void with USSR made games.
How did the USSR handle movies?
The USSR made their own awesome Russian films, none of which were very good from what I hear. . There are exceptions of course, such as with Eisenstein.
I think the word "ban" sounds a little harsh. They were just diverting resources to where they most need it such as to factories, hospitals, etc. Now that there is more cheap electricity available, Cubans naturally should enjoy more.
Iâ€™m not sure if I am to interpret this as a move towards â€œfreerâ€ buying, or just more effort allocated to consumer goods.
"What has 1 year of Capitalism achieved that 70 years of Communism could not? It has made Communism look good" - Russian joke, 1993.
What were those factories producing if home appliances were banned? Sounds strange. If money is a measure of your usefullness to society (or at least in a socialist system it should be) why should consumer goods to provide direct rewards for that usefullness not be produced?
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