How the Cuban dictatorship uses Nazi propaganda methods

As much as communists would like to differentiate themselves from national socialists (Nazis), their many similarities are impossible to ignore, as Cuba’s communist Castro dictatorship clearly demonstrates.

Jorge Luis Gonzalez Suarez explains in CubaNet (my translation):

The propaganda principles of Nazism put in use by Castroism

Political propaganda is one of the most effective tools wielded by dictatorial regimes, whether they are on the left or the right, particularly if they are of the totalitarian type.

Joseph Goebbels, who was the Minister of Propaganda of the Third Reich in Germany, elevated propaganda to a scientific level. The principles outlined by Goebbels have been rigorously applied by the Castro regime in Cuba for the past 65 years.

Let’s see.

Simplification of the single enemy by adopting a single idea: The Cuban government repeatedly points to the “imperialist government of the United States” as a “historic enemy of Cuba” and blames it for most of the difficulties suffered by Cubans due to the “blockade and anti-Cuban policies of the Yankee government”.

Method of contagion: It is based on gathering different adversaries into a single category. It means that any individual, government, or country that opposes the left, anywhere, exposes other theories, or adopts a stance different from that of the Castro regime and its allies, is an enemy.

Principle of transposition: It consists of pointing out errors or defects similar to theirs of the other party, in a kind of counterattack. The Castroists frequently apply this precept to highlight negative things about any other country to show how there are also problems in the world and to ignore their own. For example, the Cuban government makes a resounding scandal against Israel for its offensive in Gaza, but justifies Putin’s aggression against Ukraine and never refers to the atrocities committed by the Russians.

Goebbels said: “If you can’t deny the bad news, invent others to distract from them.” It is something that the Castroists constantly do, experts in creating smoke screens.

Exaggeration and distortion: Presenting any fact as a serious threat. Castroism has put this into practice countless times to create fear and intimidate the people about what would happen if capitalism were to return, which would result in “losing the achievements of the Revolution”.

Orchestration: Repeating ad nauseam a small number of ideas, but always in a different way, although the primary conception of them remains unchanged and without any doubt. This is reflected in the slogans and symbols used in events and political, cultural, or other acts to reaffirm socialist ideology.

Renovation: It implies the constant issuance of new information and arguments at a breakneck pace, so that when the opposing party responds, people have forgotten these issues and thus counteract the accusations of the enemy. For this purpose, there is the Ideological Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party, which has all the means of communication at its disposal.

Plausibility: It is based on constructing arguments from diverse sources or fragmented and manipulated information.

Silencing: It is based on hiding inconvenient issues and disguising or distorting news that favors the adversary.

Principle of transfusion: It is applied based on something existing previously, it can be a national myth, hatreds, and traditional prejudices. Thus, an argument rooted in past events is constructed. For example, when they present Fidel Castro’s revolution as the continuation of the Mambises’ struggle for independence, and justify the one-party system with the Cuban Revolutionary Party of José Martí.

Unanimity: Trying to convince people that the majority thinks the same and is unanimous in its support for the regime.

All these techniques have been widely used by the Castro regime since 1959, not only for internal purposes but also to promote its image worldwide.

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