The role of those who are not preachers or politicians, but intellectuals, consists of explaining, demonstrating to politicians, preachers, and the rest of society, that protests are an integral part of a crisis situation, not only on this island, but on terra firma.
Interpreting the Yes in this referendum as a vote “for the Revolution and socialism,” or the No as its denial, is basically the same approach that politicizes everything in the worst way, shortsighted and simplistic.
The legacy of Fidel and Che, as well as that of the intellectual left that continued thinking socialism and its problems until now, poses a paradox of identity for some currents of the left today: that of recognizing and denying them at the same time, in their ideas and in their political practices.
The obstacle that prevented unilateral and instant assistance from the United States cannot be attributed, as in the past, to the embargo regulations or any other law, nor to the technical limits of an agreement, but rather to the customary lack of political will.
The debate on ideas in the Cuban public sphere, what people read, the movies they watch, with whom they talk, the physical and virtual spaces where they exchange; it is not subject to what is registered, printed and published; to what is broadcast on TV and put on in theaters; to the people in their neighborhood.
“Current Cuban society is very plural, it is necessary to create spaces so that everyone has a voice, and that the country is governed for everyone.”
“My life abroad has contributed to changing and deepening my values; in a certain way, to bring out the best version of myself, that wouldn’t have come out if I had grown up in Cuba or if I had never returned.”
That Letter that the twentysomething editors of La Joven Cuba published and defended on their blog had almost 400 comments. I did not answer then, nor do I propose to do so now. What I propose is to consider those rebounds, and other collateral effects, with the lens of time, from where everything is seen more clearly.
“They launched the raft into the sea, and it felt the weight of the number of passengers and the provisions they had gathered for the dangerous journey. Instantly, it sank. After rescuing the saints, the family and those who supported them returned to Pogolotti and set about building a new boat.”
The unpostponable path towards a more democratic system and with greater civil liberties is made difficult thanks to that U.S. policy that gives itself permission to speak on behalf of the same Cuban civil society that it maintains under siege.
I attempt to examine the political situation based on three subjects: the new political opposition, the new government, and the new U.S. administration.
In this short series I will dwell on three vertices of a triangle; in their interaction, but also in their own dynamics: the opposition, the U.S. factor and the policy of the Cuban government.