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My escape from Cuba to capitalism—and freedom

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The United States offered Freedom Flights to Cuban refugees in the early 1960s. On the 3rd of September 1962, my family and I arrived in this great nation. We were free.

My life could have easily taken another turn if not for the bravery of my parents and the kindness and openness of the United States which allowed me to immigrate here and become an American. When Fidel Castro’s communist/socialist tyranny took hold of Cuba, where he erased freedom, my parents rebelled and sought to change that form of government. When there was no hope of change occurring, we sought refuge and freedom in the United States.

Castro’s socialist regime made the government the dominant force in society from cradle to grave. Those socialist changes, which included nationalizing private property, caused widespread misery.

My life under capitalism has been one of growth, opportunity, challenge, reward, failure, success, triumph—and I would not change a thing. This system we call free enterprise, also referred to as capitalism, is the best one ever invented.


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