One more reason to root for the Red Sox

by Russ Roberts on August 2, 2006

in Cuba, Sports

Mike Lowell has lived long enough in the tolerant culture of the United States so that he’s a little uneasy about saying so, but he’s rooting for Castro to die. (HT: Zev Fredman)

Waiting for Snow in Havana is one of the most remarkable books I have ever read. It’s a memoir about growing up in Havana in the early days of Castro’s rule. It’s a good week to read it.

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Francois Tremblay August 3, 2006 at 8:27 am

"the tolerant culture of the United States"

Good one…

shecky August 3, 2006 at 11:09 pm

I wonder what folks think will happen when Castro gives up the ghost?

Noah Yetter August 4, 2006 at 12:21 pm

""the tolerant culture of the United States"

Good one…"

As pessimistic as I typically am about the state of liberty in the US, we have one of the most remarkable standards of free speech in the world. You can call the President an idiot, have a neo-Nazi parade down main street, make racist jokes on TV, and yes, even wish death upon prominent political figures. Many of these things are illegal in other western democracies, let alone less-free states.

NathanB August 4, 2006 at 3:54 pm

I wouldn't be too sure about that Noah. The scariest thing to me is the militarization of the police force (notice how they call us "civilians" on cop reality shows).

Also, they'd rather avoid the transparency of on citizen journalism:

http://www.laist.com/archives/2006/08/03/remember_these_videos.php
http://www.nbc10.com/news/9574663/detail.html

Clearly we have a way to go before we're as bad as China, but that doesn't mean that everything is hunky dory.

SaulOhio August 5, 2006 at 7:04 am

Intestinal bleeding…couldn't happen to a more deserving person.

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