As Dr. Jose Azel explains, Cuba has been living in a “phantom time” for the past six decades with fake historical events and manufactured statistics.
Cuba’s Phantom Time
Like the Church leaders in the Middle Ages, the Castro regime has falsified Cuba’s economic history and the country has lost over 60 years of socioeconomic development. This is Cuba’s phantom time.
You may think this is the year 2022. However, according to the Phantom Time hypothesis we are presently living in the year 1724. The Phantom Time hypothesis advanced by German historian Heribert Illig in 1991 argues that Pope Sylvester II, Holy Roman Emperor Otto III, and Byzantine Emperor Constantine VII all got together and changed the calendar by altering existing documents and creating fraudulent historical events. The theory claims that the 297 years between 614 and 911 did not actually happen. They were made up; therefore, we are currently living in the year 1724.
Illig developed his theory after reviewing the numerous documents from the Middle Ages with forged dates, forged people and the like. These documents were forged by the Church, and Illig wondered why the Church would go to all this forging trouble. Modern scholars have confirmed the massive forgery of texts during the Middle Ages by leading Church figures. It is not known why this was an age of massive falsification by Church notables.
The Phantom Time hypothesis appears far-fetched, but it has gathered supporters such as Dr. Hans-Ulrich Niemitz whose 1995 paper “Did the Early Middle Ages Really Exist?” concludes that they did not, and that the historical chronology accounts for approximately 300 years too many.
Perhaps some of us would like to erase selected years from our personal history but, for me, the creation of fraudulent historical events, and the loss of time of the Phantom Time hypothesis brings to mind the socioeconomic myths surrounding pre-Castro Cuba.
It is a persistent untruth that Cuba in the 1950s was a socially and economically backwards country. The data show that, in 1958, Cuba was a relatively advanced country by Latin American standards and in some parameters by world standards. Today, Cuba’s relative socioeconomic position among Latin American countries is far lower than it was in 1958.
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