Cuba, one of the last bastions of communism, is experiencing a self-employment boom.
At present, 444,109 Cubans are self-employed in one of more of the 201 existing modalities, compared to 157,300 three years ago ...
Cuba's total employment in 2012 was about 4.8 million. The vast majority of these folks work for state owned enterprises. But almost 1 in 10 work for themselves.
One of the most important shifts of the last few decades is the ascendancy of market capitalism as the world's major economic system. The rise of self-employment in Cuba shows that even the staunchest supporters of communism realize it simply doesn't work.