Javier, I do not know what kind of propaganda you have been Reading or if you really know anything about Cuba before or after the revolution, where did you get the idea that Cuba had the worst shanty towns in Latin America? This leads me to believe that you also know very little about Latin America. First of all if you had said “solares”, which were old palaces converted in to tenements where most of the poor lived in Cuban cities I would respect your comments a bit more but there was no tradition of shanty towns in Cuba and there were very few if any marginal neighbourhoods which could be called shanty towns.
When Mikhail Kalatozov made the 1964 Cuban-Soviet propaganda film I Am Cuba they had to recreate a fake shanty town comparable to those I have seen in many Latin American cities which are really horrific, they also used pictures of that recreation as propaganda inserted in publications but it was not real although obviously you and Hollywood believe it.
The fact is that the poor in Cuba would have been considered perhaps lower middle class by the poor folk in these other Latin American countries.
If you really want to educate yourself as to what the Cuban republic had achieved socially and economically by 1958 throw away all your yellowing propaganda pamphlets from the 60’s and 70’s set forth by the communist propaganda machinery to justify themselves and (the why) of communist government in a country like Cuba, stop watching Hollywood films about the subject or those mediocre propaganda documentaries and look up and review the United Nations yearbooks for 1957-58 for developing countries which will give you fair, balanced and unadulterated statistics about Cuba in the 1950's, open the world bank reports on Cuba from 1950 to 1960 or read the 1940 Cuban Constitution and stop embarrassing yourself.
Ignorant opinions are very unbecoming especially when you are so sure about something that you obviously are “not” an expert on. I won’t fuss about communism, it is dead even in Cuba, as you read this the class division is well on its way again only that this time around the rich and upper classes are just about a 1%, not a 20% as in the 50’s, the middle classes about 20% and not 60% as before the revolution and the poor about 79% not a 20% of the population as in 1959. These are the real triumph of the Cuban revolution, (crony capitalism) converting Cuba in to an underdeveloped estate controlled capitalist country when it was at the verge of becoming a first world country only for the sake of empowering a hand full of power hungry individuals.
Just seat back, wait and see what happens next.