I highly recommend reading a short essay from Progreso Weekly called “The other Cuba”. Thanks to Harold Cárdenas Lema for a very even-handed and well articulated discussion of this controversial topic.
I’ve traveled to Cuba several times and have long-time friendships with people there, and I also write and teach about Cuba, so frequently I am approached as an “expert” and asked to serve as a cultural interpreter. One of the questions that I hear most, from students and friends alike, is whether the Cuban people are “content” with what they have, or whether they want to achieve a United States style “democracy.” Usually they don’t understand that they are proposing a false dichotomy, and that indeed there are any number of options. Yes, as this author has said, the third Cuba is desperately needed. We have a saying in English that “the good is the enemy of the best.” I wish for Cuba the very best of everything.