The Cuba In Our Mind

Castro has never seemed more firmly ensconced in power. Those who have been bold enough over the years to declare themselves his enemies are now dead, in exile, in jail, or cowering in fear of arrest.

Issue: Summer 1995

When the Soviet empire imploded some six years ago, most
observers--East and West--assumed that the disappearance of the
Castro regime in Cuba was but a matter of time. After all, no member
of the socialist family of nations had received such generous
economic subsidies from Moscow; none was more culturally vulnerable
to outside influences or more geographically exposed; none had made
so heavy an ideological investment in Lenin's vision of the future.
Having bet on the wrong horse, Castro's Cuba was therefore
destined--to borrow Trotsky's durable phrase--for the dustbin of

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