Sometimes studying a society's humor is a good way to understand its attitude. The sharp Cuban wit is often combined with an interest politics, resulting in many politically charged jokes, such as the following joke we heard while in Cuba.
After the collapse of the Soviet bloc, Fidel Castro held a meeting in the Plaza of the Revolution to get an idea of want people wanted to do. Standing above and talking to the thousands below, he explained to the crowd the hard times that may come, then gave his instructions.
"All those who are still with us and favor Socialism, move to the left," Castro instructed. Half of the people moved over to the left. "And all those who favor a change to capitalism, move to the right." The other half moved to the right.
However, one person, Pepito, remained in the middle. Noticing this, Fidel asked him why he had not moved. "Well," said Pepito, "I want the social progress of socialism, but I also want the material benefits of capitalism."
"In that case Pepito," replied Fidel from his podium, "you belong up here."