Truth of the day

Rafael Rojas from Spain’s El País newspaper on the Castro dictatorship’s so-called economic reforms (my translation):

Many defenders and critics — both inside and outside of the island — of the economic reforms share the notion that to preserve what they understand to be socialism — single party, government control of the economy, civil society and the means of communication, State ideology — it is essential that the opening take place without any institutional changes in the political system. Unfortunately, the reformists who believe this prefer to tolerate repression before inconveniencing those who can bring about the reforms: the government of Raul Castro.

The worst consequence of this arrangement between the reformists and the obstinate is that it assumes that opposition to the government is opposition to reform, when that is not necessarily the case. A good part of the opposition has spent decades peacefully demanding some of the improvements in economic and civil rights the island’s regime could adopt. By presenting the opposition as enemies of reform, the regime once again reinvents the category of “counterrevolutionary.” They would become now not the enemies of Fidel and the Revolution, but the enemies of Raul and the Reform.

H/T Penúltimos Días

1 thought on “Truth of the day”

  1. First of all, the so-called reforms are no such thing, but rather an attempt to salvage and maintain the position of Castro, Inc. They’re purely a matter of expediency; the actual welfare of average Cubans is irrelevant, as it always has been. Saying that opposition to to the government, which happens to be a totalitarian dictatorship, is “not necessarily” opposition to reforms (real ones) is at best laughable, and I expect it’s worse. “El País” is a leftist newspaper, after all.

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