I lived in Cuba for three years.
It's an extremely flawed system, but it's beautiful, too. It taught me to live with nothing, Yet still have everything I needed.
Change needs to come to Cuba. Cubans need to be able to travel freely, speak freely, and access the material things they so desire. Hopefully that change won't completely undo the few things there that really are outstanding: the education system, the healthcare, the arts scene.
I wonder how everyday Cubans feel today. I imagine there's excitement and fear and sadness at the same time - a small child losing its authoritarian father. There's still a lot of love for him on the island.
One thing is for sure, 2016 is determined to prove that all those C20th truths are now irrelevant.