Dividing the Pie: Cuba’s Ration System After 50 Years

La libreta, the Cuba ration booklet, encapsulates the debate about Cuba’s socialist experiment. Detractors say that the fact that food is still rationed after 50 years proves the failure of a bureaucratic, state-run economy sapping the entrepreneurial spirit of workers and farmers.

Supporters say the ration book exemplifies the Cuban government’s commitment to the health and welfare of its people in the face of a relentless US blockade. Continue reading