In my book "Cuba's Primer - Castro's Earring Economy," I wrote about the lack of work ethics in Cuba as a result of the economic model imposed by the Castro's dictatorship.
A North Carolina businessman, after reading my book, had this astute comment:
"Your use of 'Earring' to describe Castro's economy is amusing, yet I know it is deadly serious. Restoring the work ethic to prior Castro levels may take years." Kenneth Marks
Extracts from my book related to this topic:
Castro got a taste of what working means on some occasions in which he led voluntary work mobilizations to encourage the Cuban people to do more on top of their regular jobs. Early in his governing years, Castro was televised “working” as he cut sugarcane during voluntary work promotional gimmicks.
As a reaction to what he found in the hard work of sugarcane harvesting, he came up with some ideas. Castro said in speeches that his government would import and manufacture sugarcane-cutting machines. He also promised to have tractors with air conditioning. He could not envision himself, and consequently anyone else, doing the hard work of sugarcane harvesting. Castro possesses a messianic approach as he offers solutions to problems. Over the years, he has conjured grandiose economic schemes announced to the Cuban people with very little accomplishments at the time of delivery.
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