Washington Examiner discusses Fidel Castro's legacy with Hans Bader.
But claims that Castro was some sort of bringer of knowledge and good health are total nonsense, according to a number of media and political figures, including the Competitive Enterprise Institute's Hans Bader.
"Cuba has made less educational progress than most Latin American countries over the last 60 years," he claimed recently, citing numbers from UNESCO and the United Nations. "Cuba has made less progress in health care and life expectancy than most of Latin America in recent years, due to its decrepit health care system."
To the question of education, Bader argued: "Cuba had about the same literacy rate as Costa Rica and Chile in 1950 (close to 80 percent). And it has almost the same literacy rate as they do today (close to 100 percent)."
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