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To understand Cuba’s emerging class system, try the ice cream

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  • What might have been a fluffy piece gives a thoughtful consideration of ice cream as a proxy for class in Cuba. It makes sense given the climate, culture, and a political environment that would make a bit of refreshment an outsized pleasure.

  • We all know the Big Mac Index, our favorite off brand social indicator--but in Cuba it's ice cream that matters most.

    Interestingly, this is not so shocking and probably mirrors most other developing countries (and even some developed!). Lower classes go to the scoop parlor, with local ice cream. Middle

    We all know the Big Mac Index, our favorite off brand social indicator--but in Cuba it's ice cream that matters most.

    Interestingly, this is not so shocking and probably mirrors most other developing countries (and even some developed!). Lower classes go to the scoop parlor, with local ice cream. Middle class is eating imported pints and the upper class is eating gelato.

    I'm a huge fan of using edible commodities for economic bellwethers.

  • This is an example of one product that is taken for granted, but in Cuba is seen as a luxury good during the revival of their economy.

  • One of my pet theories is that ice cream closely follows the establishment of a reliable electric grid in developing countries. It's literally one of the first things that pop up once persistent refrigeration is possible.

  • This article reflects on some vast contrasts that by THEIR standards are meant to protect the population from the EVILS, which are real, of capitalism. The reality that comes from it is long lines in a hot sun for a bland serving of nutrition and the stifling of creativity and alternatives. Note that

    This article reflects on some vast contrasts that by THEIR standards are meant to protect the population from the EVILS, which are real, of capitalism. The reality that comes from it is long lines in a hot sun for a bland serving of nutrition and the stifling of creativity and alternatives. Note that Cuba was simply earliest in FREEING itself from the shackles of a dictator propped up by the United States, only to find itself shackled by the capital ceiling imposed by communism. Each has, in its own way, ground well being under the heal of authority. I envy the authors buying the soldiers the upscale pints of desire. What a great gesture.

  • What a delicious and thoughtful lesson in economics!

  • Sweet!

  • Interesting that the author thinks the government is a competitor in the ice cream game and will improve quality and service to keep market share. One would expect the government would use its power to protect the state enterprises. I wonder how this is going to play out. Perhaps the state will tax private

    Interesting that the author thinks the government is a competitor in the ice cream game and will improve quality and service to keep market share. One would expect the government would use its power to protect the state enterprises. I wonder how this is going to play out. Perhaps the state will tax private producers to subsidize the state-run business. The Achilles heel is corruption and low wages. Those will kill even the best intentions.

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