Cuban Cars

by Russ Roberts on April 13, 2004

in Cuba

Just when you thought it was OK to have a little fun, Cuba has decided to confiscate the cars of the occasional capitalist. From now on, the managers of Cuban state run enterprises will have to go back to Ladas, one of the worse cars in the world. So reports Reuters:

Managers of Cuba’s state enterprises have been told to hand over their expensive cars like Toyotas and Mitsubishis and stick to the more proletarian Russian-made Ladas or smaller vehicles.

I am amazed that Ladas are still being made. Who is buying them? And if the indignity of swapping your Toyota for a Lada weren’t bad enough:

Nor can they drive cars with decorations or air-conditioning, which has set them apart from ordinary Cubans in the sweltering heat of tropical summer.

What a delightful country.

Meanwhile, Oliver Stone profiles El Commandante on HBO. Allesandra Stanley’s review is here.

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William Sjostrom April 17, 2004 at 7:03 pm

Don't forget the old Lada joke. How do you double the value of a Lada? Fill up the gas tank.

Willy Sutton May 7, 2004 at 2:32 pm

My friend used to own one. Horrible car and pieces where falling off all the time. But the car was easy to repair, just like the famous T-34 tank.

Richard Gadsden November 21, 2005 at 10:55 am

This is one of the real weaknesses of equality. Equality is achieved by reducing the successful down to the level of the unsuccessful, instead of by raising up the unsuccessful to the level of the successful. The reason for that is clear – success is a competitive activity.

Mary Tracy October 5, 2006 at 5:14 am

Cuba may be poor, but capitalist Haiti is poorer along with many other Carribean countries. The question that must be asked is why capitalism has been such a failure in much of Latin America?

wulansari July 31, 2008 at 2:47 am

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