By Andrew Friedrick
Fidel Castro, Cuba's infamous communist dictator who enforced this totalitarian rule with an iron first, died at the age of 90-years-old in 2016. He served in the Cuban communist regime for the majority of his life. During his rule, Castro lived a life filled with wealth, comfort, and pleasure.
According to a Forbes article by Keith Flamar, 1 Fidel Castro's estimated net worth was around $900 million. This reveals the utter hypocrisy and evil nature of every communist dictator; they claim to serve their people with generosity, compassion, and benevolence but hoard all of the nation's wealth while living extravagant lifestyles that in no way benefit the welfare of their citizens. Is it not ironic that socialism advocates for the distribution of wealth and equality but always turns into a dictatorship with a single individual or administration with all the power?
According to the Forbes article, "[Castro] owned residences in Cayo Piedra (a stone's throw from the Bay of Pigs), La Caleta del Rosario, which featured a private marina; and La Deseada, a chalet in Pinar del Río" along with his luxurious complex in the Jaimanitas neighborhood.
Castro could have used all of the spendings that went into his private property to benefit his people but chose to let them dwell in poor living conditions instead, controlling every aspect of their individual lives. Socialism always leads to the abuse of power. While the apparent benefits of socialism and communism might sound good on the surface, they reveal themselves to be detrimental to society when enforced.
When the government controls all of the power, the average citizen's quality of life is always lower than that which is found in a capitalistic society as there is no opportunity or freedom in communism and socialism. We can look at the impacts socialism has had on Cuba to see the importance of upholding a capitalistic and free society in America. If socialism is so good, why have so many Cubans fled their own country? America will never have a leader like Fidel Castro, who lived in luxury while his people lived poor lifestyles, longing for freedom and fleeing their country. Our country provides equal opportunity for all individuals without the constraints of government control, and our freedom must be upheld at all costs.
Andrew Friedrick was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. He will be attending the University of North Florida in the fall. He loves all things related to sports, enjoys the outdoors, and is passionate about politics.