Fidel Castro and Monopoly

Bearman Cartoons Fidel Castro Destroys Monopoly BoardsFun fact cartoon for the day.  Did you know that Fidel Castro wanted to remove any signs of Capitalism when he took power of Cuba?   So one of the first things he did was order all Monopoly Boards destroyed.   In pretty much all communist countries even today, you would be hard pressed to find a Monopoly game anywhere.


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  1. George Ford says:

    I guess he didn’t want anyone to even play at having a chance to succeed and not be oppressed. Good trivia tip, I like those. And, also, nice Castro. Looks just like him. 🙂

  2. Jim says:

    Am I the only one who thought of this song, after reading this?

  3. Good thing ‘Connect Four’ is still allowed.

  4. DadaHyena says:

    Maybe he’ll just put out his own version….y’know, with all that capitalism nonsense removed!

    Think you could draw that, Bearman?

    • As I said before…it seems like every time I played Monopoly it turned into a communist regime. If I was winning my sister would say she would quit so I would have to give her half my money to keep playing and visa versa.

  5. Deb says:

    Game takes too long to play.
    Fidel looks great!

  6. lisleman says:

    That is an odd fact that makes sense. What was his reason for not allowing newer cars to sold there. Actually I don’t know if he directly did much regarding car sales but I know the country has a great collection of 1950 era cars.

  7. David Hurley says:

    Good drawing, Monopoly brings out the worst in people…it was best for us to play Candy Land as kids 🙂

  8. Comedy Plus says:

    Well I didn’t know this, but it makes sense. I would hate for one person to make all our decisions for us and it appears that our crop of politicians are doing just that. Both sides of the aisle too.

    Have a terrific day. 🙂

  9. Joseph says:

    Do not pass Go, do not collect $200! Go straight to jail!

  10. frigginloon says:

    You would have thought he would have loved Monopoly ….”Go to Jail, go directly to jail”. I bet he would always pick the boot piece too.

  11. Binky says:

    II didn’t know that. Maybe we should smuggle some Monopoly games into Cuba and make a fortune. Well, maybe a little bitty fortune.

  12. He changed all the peices to “cigar”

  13. It’s especially interesting when you learn that the prototype of Monopoly — “The Landlord’s Game” — was actually created by an American socialist as an illustration of the perils of a private land ownership system.

  14. Mark Stokes says:

    I never took him for a board-playin’ man. Nice work, Bearman!

  15. Tim Green says:

    Maybe Castro was being backed by the “Yahtzee” folks!

  16. Bill Murphy says:

    A very good friend of mine was raised in communist Cuba.
    Oh the fun stories he tells!

      • Bill Murphy says:

        It’s like one of those Debbie Downer skits from SNL.

        We’ll be in a group talking about childhood memories of opening presents and he’d chime in…
        “When I was growing up in communist Cuba, we were only allowed three toys per year.” Then after everyone takes a moment to look around at each other he’d follow up with… “And only one was allowed to have batteries”.

        I showed him this comic and he got a big kick out of it. Mostly because he had an “Illegal” Monopoly set in his house. His parents made sure he never told a soul that his family had it. And whenever a piece got lost, his grandfather would carve a replacement piece out of wood.

        I had to listen to an hour and a half of Communist Cuba storied to give you this information. I hope you enjoyed it! 😛

  17. Bo Lumpkin says:

    Great Castro drawing. I used to love Monopoly…that was way before video games though.

  18. Dave says:

    In good old Capitalist countries we have scads of Monopoly games. Way too many versions. Simpsons, your favorite college team, etc.

  19. Tony McGurk says:

    I was like Castro when our kids were teenagers. The way they would fight & argue over Monopoly disputes was terrible. One day I was so sick of their bickering over it that I grabbed the board & money & pitched the whole lot into the fire.

    Then I was the bad guy…
    You just can’t destroy someone’s favourite game & stay the good guy. That is obviously where Fedel went wrong.

  20. Jason says:

    Monopoly is fun when you can find friends willing to devote the time it takes to play.

  21. Jande says:

    I’m with Castro (looks good, btw)! Burn ’em all!

    Horrible game.

  22. Joseph says:

    I like Monopoly but we never finish the game. Ever. It just drags on and on.

  23. Dictopoly.

  24. I suppose he put a hotel on Boardwalk, and didn’t want to give it up!

  25. benzeknees says:

    There’s an online version, I wonder if he has tried to block it too? From what I saw 10 years ago, most people would not have access to computers or internet at home anyway. Their needs are all met, but no luxuries. I did not know until we visited Cuba that the government pays to bury all its citizens.

  26. benzeknees says:

    I am a Canadian, but we were warned not to get our passports stamped or it could impede our entry into the US for a year after our visit to Cuba. Luckily for us, they only stamped our “Tourista” cards in & out.

  27. Andro says:

    Spoilsports 🙁 lol
    This is a fun cartoon
    of Fidel Castro…
    He even looks as
    though he might
    crack a smile too…
    Nah too miserable 🙁

    Have a great Monday 🙂

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