Stimulating piece by Don Ediger titled “Cuba’s Post-Castro Future” ends with this optimistic -yet more plausible than a “pressure cooker”- scenario:
The mix of political and cultural pressures could create, over the next five years, a curious blend of business investment and ideological restrictions. So, in 2017, you might find yourself at an American airport waiting for a plane to Varadero, a resort area in northern Cuba where your parents live in a retirement community.
Ironically, the plane will fly over Key West, where you once vacationed at the cost of nearly three times what you will spend in Cuba.
While waiting for the plane, you mull over the idea of going to Havana during your upcoming 10 days on the island. You have some contacts there who might be helpful in setting up a branch of your public relations firm. The market is growing in Cuba, and start-up costs are low.
You also hope to drive with your parents to the nearby port city of Mariel, where two famous Parisian chefs recently opened a couple of restaurants. Prices, you hear, are less than half of what they charge in Paris.
There’s just enough time to stop by the airport newsstand for a couple of magazines your parents will enjoy reading. You reach for some American news magazines but then quickly put them back when you remember that the Cuban government has banned all U.S. news publications.
Oh, well, you say to yourself, that’s part of the price of a new Cuba.
If we could just add – “meanwhile, the internal opposition continues to strengthen and grow in influence thanks to independent job growth, private donations from Cubans living abroad, and greater access to resources and contacts from the outside world, which like all Cubans they can now visit freely and frequently” – we’d be on a excellent path. Dare to dream.