Miércoles, 27 de Marzo de 2019
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Cynicism to disguise defeat

Raúl Castro, Díaz Canel, Machado Ventura and Ramiro Valdés. (EFE)

Cynicism is, according to the dictionary definition, the attitude of one who lies shamelessly, and defends or practices in a brazen, impudent and dishonest way something that deserves general disapproval.

Cynicism has always characterized the Government headed by the Castro brothers. But today, in its eagerness to cover up the bankruptcy of its monopolistic, quasi-feudal State capitalism, implanted in the name of a socialism that has never existed, it is reaching astonishing levels.

It suffices to take a look at some aspects of recent events appearing in the official and alternative press, which is winning over everyday Cubans, who are coming to trust in the latter over the former, such as: the "symbolic" issuance of bills for medical services to citizens," access" to Internet for agricultural laborers and households, at sky-high prices; the sale of used Peugeot cars at luxury-car prices; the defense of "revolutionary sports" despite their obvious failure; the "great democratic significance of the accountability assemblies," according to Esteban Lazo, and the purportedly bountiful potato harvest. 

But the height of cynicism, something inadmissible, is the unscrupulous attempt to appropriate the term "participatory and democratic socialism," but emptied of any content endorsing autonomy, freedom and democracy, in the way we advance it as a political, social and economic alternative to populist authoritarianism. 

Let us take a look back their cynicism, in the epithets used in their attempts to discredit the opposition and dissent on the Island:

The invaders at Girón were called "mercenaries" because they received US support and funding, when everyone knows that the Castro government was sustained thanks to the massive military and economic aid furnished by the USSR, for four decades, and, later, for another two thanks to Venezuelan oil.

Those who rose up in El Escambray against the new dictatorship – which vandalized and appropriated every property, factory and company it could – were called "bandits."

“Worms” were those who criticized and opposed the outrageous acts of a bureaucratic government that has survived as a parasite off Cuban workers, and international aid, and is now groveling for the lifting of the blockade.

All those who have opposed the unnatural, antihistorical, backwards and destructive system of state capitalism, the most, retrograde and conservative version of it, are called "counterrevolutionaries."

"Terrorists" is the term used to describe all those took up arms to oppose a Government imposed on them with an iron fist, through blood, bombs and missiles... and that revealed its brutality by raiding barracks in which there slept soldiers of an army that had not shed a drop of blood.

"Imperialist agents" is the term used to describe the journalists who decide to write about and reveal the truths that the regime's press either hides or distorts, a press entirely and exclusively at the service of the Party-Government-State that pays it and maintains it, with the people's money.

Today in crisis, wage-based Statism, as an economic system, and its political parallel, the so-called dictatorship of the proletariat (a total contradiction because power in it does not lie with the proletarians, but rather the bureaucratic "Communist" elite), with its single party, centralized system for the making of every decision and perpetration of every type of repression, is not able to recognize its failure, and lies and acts cynically.

This becomes evident when it seeks to open up, in a controlled and limited way, to a private economy, cooperativism and foreign investment, in a calculated effort to bring in more tax revenue and obtain investments for its ailing State-owned companies, based on the premise that they are "a necessary evil", which explains the obstacles of every kind erected to the unfettered development of these activities, and its constant attacks on private businesses.

The betrayal of democracy back in 1959, in whose name the Revolution was carried out, was rendered complete with the betrayal of its socialist ideas, later articulated, through the imposition of a centralized political system, the expropriation of the cooperatives that existed before 1959, the elimination in 1962 of the system of sugar cane cooperatives, formerly the backbone of the national economy; the maintenance of wage labor in State factories and enterprises; and, finally, the elimination of all free labor through the "Revolutionary Offensive" of 1968, and the expropriation of all small businesses.

Socialism would have meant restoring democracy and pursuing it to its ultimate consequences, having decentralized and municipalized all the central powers, totally liberated the Island's productive forces, especially as regards investments and the market; eliminated all kinds of monopolies; extensively supported free, cooperative and private, medium-sized and small work and business models through credits of all kinds; maintained a policy of respect for international law, without prejudiced and absurd tantrums and confrontations, and without being utterly seduced by the brutal schemes of Stalinism, fiercely rejected by the people.

Now this scarecrow, painted up to disguise it as socialism, seeks its salvation through an alliance with foreign capital, not with the workers to whom it denies the ownership, management and profits of its faltering companies, which it prefers to close if it cannot not find foreigners to take charge of them, as it denies all access to significant sums of Cuban capital to émigrés and those on the Island. After much championing of nationalism, it also betrayed this.

It is no secret to anyone that Cuba's Statist economy is is more tied than ever to that of the US, due to the remittances it receives from emigrants in foreign currency, and the sending of medicines, food, clothing and appliances; its reliance on the travel and tourism of every kind, and the purchasing of food.

If it is not cynical to spend 60 years blaming all our ills on imperialism, and then begging the allegedly imperialist power to lift what is left of its embargo, because the country depends on its wealth, then that word ought to be removed from the dictionary.