Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Consumer Libre! Wait, isn’t this April Fools day?

People in Cuba went to stores today to buy a host of items previously available only to foreigners and corporations. As they rush home to enjoy the newfound pleasures of pressure cookers, DVD players, flat screen TVs, computers and cell phones, should they be at all worried about the implications of the date chosen for this historic consumer revolution? Are they going to wake up to a couple of burly guys at the door with a moving van?

“You know all that stuff about a new Cuba? We were just kidding.”

Raul Castro is either boldly moving his country forward into the age of mass consumption, or he’s got a hell of a sense of humor.

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