Please, please think again. That’s what the people who defend the Cuban and Venezuelan governments argue. Some of them say, “Yes, it’s true there’s not democracy as we know it … no truly free press, for example… but they’ve never had it and this is the best they can do.”
I don’t believe that for a minute. Cuba has had democratic government, albeit with serious flaws – unlike our perfect democracy where there are no problems whatsoever-- and they will have it again.
The truths of liberty are self-evident. Cuba now actually has a well-educated population, and when I travelled there a couple of years ago – staying in private homes, going across the island by bus, talking to people int he streets – I didn’t meet one enthusiastic supporter of the government. And I met plenty of would-be entrepreneurs.
But … the government cuts them off from the world, or tries to. In particular, the great classics of liberty, which have been translated into Spanish, are not available. But now, with digital media, they can be. And some people are working to make that possible. It’s an exciting way to contribute to the progress of freedom around the world.
Cuba has the chance to make a peaceful transition to a more open system, perhaps even all the way, eventually, to free elections. Private individuals outside of Cuba can help this process. It’s a chance to strike a blow against socialist dictatorship.