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Don't Let Cuba's Tyranny Destroy Our Freedom

• https://www.fff.org, by Jacob G. Hornberger

Much of what he details might sound familiar to Americans. He writes: "A common theme is that the people arrested for violating COVID-19 health and safety rules, such as not wearing masks correctly."

An obvious question arises: What should be the response of the U.S. government to communist tyranny in Cuba?

Ever since the Cuban Revolution in 1959, the answer has been that U.S. officials should establish its own tyrannical controls on the economic actions of the American people as a way to punish their counterparts in Cuba or as a way to induce them to submit to U.S. government control.

But does that make any sense? Why should the American people have their freedom destroyed as a way to advance freedom in Cuba? Isn't freedom a fundamental right that cannot legitimately be destroyed by any government? Isn't that what the Declaration of Independence says?

Consider the decades-long economic embargo. Proponents of the embargo say that it's a way to keep the Cuban government poor by preventing both Americans and foreigners from engaging in economic commerce in Cuba.

One problem, of course, is that it also contributes to the poverty of the Cuban people, most of whom have long verged on starvation. For decades, they have been squeezed by an economic vise that consists of socialism on the one side and the U.S. embargo on the other.


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