The Castro dictatorship’s social engineering project in Cuba is a complete failure

Fidel Castro’s socialist revolution promised to create a “New Man” in Cuba. 65 years later, we see the results of the communist dictator’s social engineering project: complete failure.

Luis Cino explains in CubaNet (my translation):

The complete failure of Castroism’s social engineering

The crisis facing the Cuban nation, undoubtedly the worst in its history, highlights, among other things, the resounding failure of the social engineering applied by the Castro regime over six decades.

With the creation of the so-called “new man” advocated by Che Guevara, the goal was to nullify the individuality of Cubans, homogenize them, and turn them into a manageable, obedient mass that would unconditionally put the interests of the State above their own. However, the results were not what the communist leaders expected.

What they got was an amoral, confused, absurd, and cynical mob, expert in pretense, now in its third generation.

If they say they are not interested in politics and are incapable of demanding democracy, they are also not useful for fulfilling the leaders’ wishes to the letter.

Nothing better could be obtained through indoctrination, slogans, prohibitions, and impositions.

Today, much is said about the loss of values among the new generations of Cubans. In reality, the crisis of values began when, in the early years of the revolutionary regime, they attempted to replace what they called “bourgeois morality” with a “proletarian morality.” It failed, because morality is singular, based on universal values. Now, with so much social deterioration, it is impossible to bring back those values.

Much harm was done to Cuban families by the State’s insistence on separating children and teenagers from their parents, at ages when they most needed them, to indoctrinate them at will in learning institutions and rural schools, which were supposed to be “the quarry for the new man.”

The free education presented by the regime and its apologists as one of the main “achievements of the revolution” has markedly deteriorated in recent decades. To confirm this, it is enough to listen to the majority of young Cubans who, if they do not speak in a prison-like and onomatopoeic jargon, can barely express themselves coherently, read a book, or write a paragraph without spelling or grammatical errors.

And don’t ask them about history. What they were taught is a distorted, manipulated cartoon history filled with unhealthy patriotism that provokes rejection, even of the nation’s heroes —Martí included— whom they associate with “that.”

Cuban art and culture, with few exceptions, is of lower quality every day. The regime blames it on a “cultural war” which, if it exists, seems to be losing irretrievably.

Thus, we have become a disoriented people, without a sense of belonging or references, with very low national self-esteem.

For a large part of Cubans, especially the young, the only hope for the future is to leave the country. Anywhere, but mainly to the United States. Because, paradoxically, after six decades of anti-American preaching, today Cubans are probably the most pro-American people in Latin America.

Despite state atheism and the harassment of religious people in the 1960s and 1970s, there are more believers in Jehovah, Christ, Catholic saints, or orishas, seeking answers and hope. But for many of these believers, faith does little, in the midst of the debacle they live in, to make them decent people. It is not easy to be decent in an “every man for himself” environment where selfishness, greed, trickery, and violence prevail.

In those almost prison-like environments of rural schools, learning institutions, and military units, where the law of the strongest and smartest prevailed, generations of frustrated people were formed, who got used to living amidst difficulties, always “inventing” and teaching their children and grandchildren the survival tactics they learned to “get by and escape.”

If they satisfied their hunger in the banana and orange groves, or by stealing from the kitchen, the storeroom, or the backpack of the person in the next bunk, what can we expect them to do now when anything goes in this national mess?

Working for miserable wages, eating poorly from the ration book, with their houses falling apart, they have grown tired of hearing about a future that never arrived. They never could elect their governors; at most, they elected the delegate of the People’s Power constituency. Since there were infallible leaders watching over their ideological purity, they couldn’t choose what books to read, what movies to watch, what music to listen to, or what fashion to follow. If they could hardly even choose what to eat, which was “what there was,” what came to the store or butcher, whatever appeared, even if it was foul-smelling slop.

Those who, obedient or pretending to be, managed to get into the university for revolutionaries or get good jobs, for which “reliability and suitability” were required, couldn’t stand out too much for their innovative ideas, and had to be careful what they said, to whom, and when, because they could be labeled as “self-sufficient, individualistic, conflicting, and hypercritical.” And woe to them if they were found to have “ideological problems”!

How could it be expected that from such an environment, with such mediocre human material, cadres and officials with any sense could emerge, capable of generating valuable initiatives when it was time to replace the elders of the so-called “historic leadership”?

It is no wonder that the ministers and the entire government team of Díaz-Canel, the most mediocre and inept in Cuban history, have led the nation to its current predicament.

The current leaders of Castroism continuity have reached where they are today because, being assiduous practitioners of double standards, they were trained to obey orders without a word, always applauding, repeating worn-out slogans, spying, flattering their bosses, and letting the higher-ups think and decide for them. What else could be expected but the current disaster?

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  1. It’s been a failure for the country and its people, but not for the ruling class or elite. It was never meant to be otherwise, despite the massive amounts of BS copiously dispensed by the regime.

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