So little birdseed for such a large cage

Speculation grows about the possible disappearance of the food rationing system. Amid fear and hope, some assure us that by the beginning of 2010 the quota for salt and sugar will already be past history and that the liberalization of these as well as other foods is upon us. Those who are frightened by this possibility can’t imagine a life without the benefit from the State, without the crutch of subsidization. I myself was born written into a ration book where every gram of what I had to put in my mouth was written. Had I grown up with only what was regulated, I would have a body more rickety than I now exhibit. Fortunately, life has a greater number of options than the grids where, every month, the shopkeeper marks the minimal rations we get.

A simple calculation leads me to believe that if the 66 million pounds of rice they distribute every month, through the ration, were available to the free market, prices in the latter would go down. You could then decide if in place of the repetitive cereal you would buy potatoes or vegetables and no one would exclaim, “I will take everything they give me home, before I’d leave it in the shop.” In addition, there wouldn’t be the feeling that they are giving us something, and especially the sense of guilt that keeps us from protesting or criticizing those who guarantee these tiny portions. The ration market should remain for those who are suffer a physical or psychological impediment or who are unemployed. In short, it must go to those who need social security to survive.

Although the idea seems simple to say, the bottleneck of its implementation is that wages continue to be adjusted for the subsidized food from the “book” and don’t relate to free prices. To say to a Cuban family that starting tomorrow they would not get the limited quantities and doubtful quality they receive from the ration store, would be to saw off the branch they’re standing on. The birdseed, in addition to being restricted, is difficult to eliminate because you can only get rid of it once you open the doors of the cage. Thus, the news that we are actually waiting for is not the end of rationing, but rather the cessation of the economic handicap that obligates us to him, the expiration of a paternalistic relationship that keeps us like pigeons, dependent and… hungry.


57 thoughts on “So little birdseed for such a large cage

  1. in former Jugoslavia we had to go and build the high ways in summer time to connect the country ..but it was not hard to us….we were proud to buil our country…now in capitalism..ha hahah…..the rich foriner constructions companys are building high ways and all other things…and we are paying for this….we are paying for driwing on this same high ways and this money goes out of Croatia…we do not earn a shit form this…

    I would like to ask you is there any article about imigration in Cuba? is it possible? and how?

  2. Hi there,

    i did not read all the articles but i am also coming from communist country- Croatia. Ok it was not so hard like in Cuba, but now is even worse than in communist system. Our governement let import grow and now we are importing all kind of shit from around the world. They destroy producing, we do not have any factory in our posesion. They destroy agriculture also with import….sold all main industries to foriners, banks etc. My country is at the bankruptcy, and they establish a new tax and we are payng for they hedonism and luxury…whan i read about cuba i know that it is not all tru…but you still have beautifull country with many possibility for growing healthy food (not GMO from USA!!) and nice oportunity to develop turism, but not massiv turism to destroy this beauty. What would be of Cuba now if you have been open and USA would take everything from you? i hope that i will learn some espanol so that i can read articles on espanol.

    Sandra fro Croatia

  3. To Anonimo and 219cr??:
    Only with the intention to help you find some rationality and commun sense,READ the posts as a vote,You are loosing 2 Vs 51.

  4. How about article 79.1(C) ..for Panfilo,instead of jail time?. After all that was the treatment tha Diego A. Maradona got…, well he got 79.1(A)in one of the 5 stars Cuban treatment center for foreigners..

  5. ajjajaaj come on the island and see …….those picture are bull ……….we are happy family thats all… happy cuban living in cuba ah ah aha……..poor cuban that lives in america….. poor people with no culture…. a happy family

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