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Why Cuban cab drivers earn more than doctors

Why Cuban cab drivers earn more than doctors

By Bryan Wright 32 Comments May 7, 2019



[“A doctor ends up making about $40 a month. On my worst days driving taxi, I bring in
$60–In one day”] Did you catch that? This guy makes more in one day than a doctor
makes in a month. And he’s a taxi driver. He’s actually trained as an engineer but
engineers make even less than doctors. “I like being a taxi driver, not an engineer” Welcome to the Cuban economy. Right after the socialist revolution in 1959,
Fidel Castro’s government seized almost all private businesses and land. [You won’t have to worry about next year. The state will do your planning from now on.] Every restaurant, factory, hospital and home
was property of the government. The State set prices for everything and decided
how much people got paid. The private sector disappeared overnight. [The men in this world desperately need: economic
reform.] You can see the result of this when you go
looking for food in Havana. When I showed up, I was pretty excited to
see what street food was on offer. But all i could find was this. Everywhere I turned. This is a typical scene in a Cuban eatery:
too many employees in an empty establishment with empty shelves, just waiting for food
deliveries from the government, and putting in their eight hours so they can go home. They get paid the same whether they sell one
plate of food, or fifty. This model doesn’t work. Cuba survived for many years with subsidies
from the Soviet Union. But since its collapse, the economy been getting
worse every year. This lady is showing me her government ration
cards that she’s kept for decades. Cubans use these monthly cards to go the storage
house to get their monthly rations. The
government realized this in the 90s and has started giving out private licenses, fueling
a small but growing private sector. I stumbled upon a private restaurant in Havana
that was a totally different experience than the public ones. There was actually movement, and good service. The owners had to actually sell good food
if they wanted to stay in business. Which brings me back to the Taxi driver and
the doctor. The reason a taxi drivers make so much more
than doctors is because they have private licenses. Their salaries are not set by the state. And they can charge tourists high prices. I paid 25 dollars to get from the airport
into Havana. And inn that 30 minute drive, my driver made
more than the average monthly salary of a Cuban, which is $20. One of the problems with this is that you
have highly trained workers leaving their trade to go do remedial work in the private
sector. This guy is an engineer, but he’s cooking
in a private restaurant. These guys are accountants by trade but make
a killing driving around tourists on taxi bikes. This woman is a nurse, but she hasn’t been
in a hospital in years. This guy is an electrical engineer but opened
up a barber shop in his house and makes ten times more than he would in his field of study. Imagine trying to live on the Cuban average
of $20 per month. When you ask them how they do it, they all
have the same response. “Everyone has to do something in addition
to their official salary.” Just beneath the surface in Cuba is a bustling
informal market where Cuban’s make an additional income on top of their official salary, just
to survive. We tend to associate black markets with dangerous
activities. But in Cuba, people sell illegal popsicles,
or newspapers — not to get rich, but just to survive. But things are slowly changing. Since Fidel’s brother Raul took over in
2008, the number of private licenses has increased significantly every year. And now 20% of the economy is now private. Still, most Cubans are jaded by the decades
they have had to use illegal creativity just to survive. “There is one party. They control everything. What change could there possibly be?”

32 Comments found

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Blade

Without food synthesizers socialism will never work.

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liz

As a Cuban immigrant, it sickens me how many ignorant Americans I've heard lauding the benefits of Cuba's universal health care and free education. They don't seem to understand it doesn't matter cause there are zero benefits to it. Jobs don't pay, as you saw here, and there's no medicine or equipment in the hospitals. Thank goodness I made it out as a child!

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John Havlasek

Capitalism does not work simply.

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09ThunderOne

Welcome to socialism.

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Onyeanusi Finbarr

Please I am from Nigeria is there any way we can emigrate all theses skilled labourers we'll need them more than Cuba does.

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Dany Fairuzy

Communism at it's finest.

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Keko Sunny

i need to find me a sexy Cuban guy. 😊

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HAT

That's so sad

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User

I sum up the video in one word so you don't have to watch it: communism.

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Andrew O'Sullivan

This video alone should destroy the democratic party

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evc27

BuT ComMuNIsm haSn'T BEEn tRiED PrOperLY JeT

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avamack

What is this at the end credits? "Netflix Traffickers of Cuba"???
I searched it on Netflix and there's nothing near that title…
Where can I watch/get info on it?

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Rene Villarreal

They need a communist App

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Krieper101

Cuba is like one of my favorite places in the world 😊

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Brian

Is the answer because we in the US spent the whole time since the 1950s blockading and embagoing their economy into the stone ages?

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NobleDarkness

Nobody:
No one:
Literally Nobody:
Absolutely Nobody:
Cuba 🇨🇺 : F*** THE LOGIC

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Tickle Dad

Wait wtf
Did you just admit that capitalism is getter than socialism?

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Max Miesen

Systems ranked from worst to best:
4. Communism
3. Socialism
2. Capitalism
1. Mixed economy (socialism + capitalism)

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Thomas Harris

Not stating my opinion, but this is the most conservative vox video lol

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Troy Bailey

So glad I live in Australia where even a cleaner can live like a king thanks to capitalism.

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Andrew Lynch

Communism.

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Naseef Bin Salim

They make 40$ a month but still gets everything they need including groceries, healthcare and education for free. Meanwhile in USA there are homeless people begging for a square meal. Also, Cuban doctors are one of the best in the world- google it. Don't get me wrong, I hate communism. But tell the complete story or just don't say anything at all.

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John Lee

They're all a bunch of criminals

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John Lee

Havana oo nana

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Francisco Oshea

The only way they survive is by engaging in capitalism

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Thahir Ahmed

So nothing going to work until we have people greedy for power and money

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Jameson Ewing

"Because socialism doesnt work" video couldve been 8 seconds long

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Aditya Varma

Havana una na

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Cristyclau

Guys, they live with 20 dollars every month because food is free, everyday supplies are free, education (of the best quality) is free, those 20 dollars go to extra things they need. Now communism is dying and the model has stopped workingso they have to rely on their paychecks which they never had to do

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TheGOT is here

Its more likely to see a dragon there than a lamborghini

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xFlaRe

They earn more than doctors because socialism. That’s it…..

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Blurp Bibablobop

Cuba is bad but China is okay is a double standard. Most Americans have no idea what they speak of when they hear the word communism. US govt forced (due to their own mistake in Turkey) an economical collapse upon Cuba due to the missile crisis and used it to propagate the fact that communism is "the enemy of the people". Problem with communism lies in the one party govt system which is often manipulated. Professional lobbying isn't very far from it. It was easy to "market" as a bad system to the Americans because they were greedy and ignorant in nature at that time. What no one speaks of is why it takes more and more time to get to the high positions in companies every ten years? Someone has to pay one way or another.

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