>>552178>Why do people flee Cuba?
Because the US has succeeded in blocking Cuba from virtually all but the most minimal economic interaction with the rest of the world. Socialist or capitalist, no island country can thrive isolated. Autarky is dumb (this is also the problem with Juche, where this problem is more self-inflicted).
Cuba and Vietnam have the exact same governing ideology, and the latter is a thriving country because it has succeeded in outmaneuvering the threat of US economic sanctions, for now at least. Of course it had to make some concessions to get there (like joining the WTO). To an extent you could argue that Cuba should calculate it is better off pulling a Vietnam than ultimately falling apart under the weight of sanctions.
This is also why the Atlanticist geopolitical sphere is hellbent on PRC like they were on the USSR—both countries are/were so geographically huge that they have enough natural resources to blow off sanctions. Thus the capitalists can only resort to force to stop China. With Cuba that is no longer so necessary.>>552237>>>552185>>While the average Cuban definitely enjoys better living standards than the average American>I wonder so? I'd like some sauce on that
He's definitely wrong, but it might be more accurate to claim that the average Cuban enjoys better living standards than the average Latin American.