Viva Something or Other

Today marks the 44th anniver­sary of the trade embar­go on Cuba. Now, I know that they aren’t doing all that well there, and Cas­tro is, shall we say, a leader of mixed virtue, but every time I think of the trade embar­go I am impressed with the resilien­cy of the Cuban peo­ple. Every time it cross­es my mind I also think that Com­mu­nism must be more sta­ble than we like to think if it could sur­vive all this time cut off from its biggest, rich­est, and near­est poten­tial trad­ing power.