In yesterday’s blog posting (see below) I write of the fact that the glory that was Athens was actually a product of 20,000 slaves working the silver mines. In the case of Cuba, it is in effect, a captive population working the nickel mines. Let us face the horrible fact that unless you are prepared to flee Cuba on a boat, you are as good as a prisoner. And if you want to eat, you will have to work for the state—and many people do work, for pitiful wages, in the nickel mines so proudly run by Canadians.
Keep in mind that the nickel mines are the mainstay of the Cuban economy, however much you would like to believe it is the product of happy people working for one another in a communist ideal. Thus we must conclude that Cuba is but a modern manifestation of the glory of Athens. And those who write about and celebrate the glory of this pathetic place are as much misguided as those who write the panegerics to Greece and Rome.