Pay close attention to this revealing -- and truthful -- headline by Reuters:
Cuba pushes private enterprise to save socialism
Cuba's economic reforms began taking shape on Friday as the government said it would allow or expand private enterprise in 178 activities ranging from watch repairs to massages, to help assure the survival of socialism.
Sound like a scam from the past? That's because it is.
The article continues:
Similar steps were taken in the 1990s as Cuba struggled to survive when its economy collapsed after the fall of the Caribbean island's key benefactor, the Soviet Union.
In 1996, the number of self-employed peaked at 209,000, but when the economy improved, the government, in the name of ideological purity, backed off the reforms and restricted the issuance of new licenses. Cuba currently has 143,000 licensed self-employed.
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