MISC: CUBA: URBAN and RURAL LIFE

URBAN and RURAL LIFE

City living likely is the most challenging from a worker’s perspective. The problems of city workers probably are likely the same as those of city workers in a capitalist society: finding an acceptably priced place to live, finding a job, earning enough money to live a decent life. In Cuba, the levels of acceptability are lower than what most Canadians would accept. The upside is they live in a tropical climate with no need for home heating, a second wardrobe for the winter, and cold weather footwear. Life is simpler with simpler demands.

Most likely as in any kind of economy, people living in rural areas live better than city dwellers in terms of meeting basic needs, food, and accommodation. Venezuela in early 2017 is an example of a country in revolutionary turmoil. People living in the cities have no food, no medicines, no services. The few jobs to be had yield very poor incomes so that even if goods were available the Venezuelan city resident could not buy anything. Inflation is on a path similar to Germany just prior to the rise of the Nazis.

The rural resident, on the other hand, lives better. Though his needs may be simpler or more modest, he can plant crops, raises chickens, have a goat or maybe even a cow, thus assuring a source of food for his family and himself. This applies to the Cuban farmer as well. When one busses through the countryside in transit from the airport to resort, one can see rural life does have obvious benefits in Cuba.

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