Quote of the Day – Cubans financing their oppressors

In Diario las Americas, Cuban musician Boris Larramendi on Cubans who finance the oppression of the Castro dictatorship (translation by Capitol Hill Cubans):

The most important source of income for the [Castro] regime are the family remittances and money that we emigrants leave when visiting Cuba. It’s time to demand something in exchange for the money with which we sustain the dictatorship. Enough with the fear that they will no longer let us enter the island, for they need us to continue going and leaving our money earned abroad. Bury that fear. Otherwise, another 50 or 100 years of jineterismo, communism and governmental reggaeton await us.

4 thoughts on “Quote of the Day – Cubans financing their oppressors”

  1. Getting a million Cuban immigrants to stop sending money is obviously a pipe-dream. Much easier would be to get one President to use his pen and end the windfall in five minutes. Never has Castro needed a Democratic President more so than today. He’d better hope that in 2016…

  2. Stop sending money and goods? STOP? They won’t even cut back. The only reason they’re not sending even more is that they’re already overextended and cannot manage further expenditure. It’s like nothing is too much, or like it’s a competition, and either they don’t see any problem with that or they don’t care. There are multiple elements at work. Emotional blackmail is very potent shit. The role of indulgent benefactor looks and feels good. There is a syndrome akin to that of the nouveau riche which involves showing off with largesse or extravagance. They will never control themselves voluntarily on their own initiative unless they have to, such as because their financial situation becomes tight enough that they’re forced to scale back. If anything, the matter will only escalate as more immigrants arrive. Castro, Inc. is keenly aware of this, absolutely counts on it, and will do all it can to encourage it. It is what it is.

  3. And Humberto, even if the US government tried to put a brake on things, the genie is out of the bottle and can’t be put back in it. Alternate measures would be taken to evade or circumvent any restrictions. At best, it would become more difficult and inconvenient for the practitioners, but they would still do it. The practice is too well established and there are too many people vested in it, both in and out of Cuba.

  4. And Boris, nobody wants “problems,” just like foreign tourists are NOT going to Cuba to preach democracy or promote free and unrestricted access to information (see Alan Gross). The regime knows most Cubans “can’t help it” and will dance to its tune. They don’t actually have to like it, and they can even complain about it, just so long as the money keeps flowing in. Castro, Inc. doesn’t really care about its image except insofar as it affects its survival. In other words, you can hate the regime and call it all the nasty names you want, as long as you don’t threaten it in any significant way. It doesn’t especially want respect (can’t put that in the bank, now can it?), and deep down it knows it doesn’t deserve any, but it definitely cares about staying in power and maintaining the status quo to which it has become accustomed. Seizing upon the emotional blackmail racket was quite possibly the regime’s most brilliant move ever–talk about a cash cow that keeps on giving.

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