Cuba is Still Living a Revolution

Elio Delgado Legon

Havana street.  Photo: Juan Suarez

HAVANA TIMES – After 150 years of struggle and great sacrifice, the Cuban Revolution has managed to make our heroes’ dreams come true as of January 1, 1959 and it continues to be present in the vast majority of Cubans’ minds because it is a people’s revolution for the people, which means we can confidently say that Cuba continues to be a country living in revolution.

Of course, some people, who didn’t see capitalism in Cuba and only know about it from history books, are dazzled by capitalist propaganda in developed nations, but they don’t see what Capitalism is in developing countries, which are far worse off today, 60 years later, than Cuba was before the Revolution.

Today, we watch bloodchilling scenes in relatively developed and wealthy countries, such as Brazil and Argentina. The first has over 50 million citizens living in poverty, 30 million living in extreme poverty, especially in rural areas and the favelas around large cities; the second, with thousands of families living out on the street because they can’t afford to pay rent, a phenomenon that we also find in large US cities.

The situation is even worse in other Latin American countries because poverty and a lack of work is combined with violence and drugs, which makes thousands and thousands of people (including entire families with small children) walk thousands of kilometers to reach the US border, with the hope of leading a better life.

The Cuban Revolution hasn’t been able to give its people all of the prosperity it set out to as it has had to navigate extremely tough obstacles that a powerful enemy has placed in its way, showing no mercy and doing whatever it can to make our revolutionary project fail so it can then say that Cuban socialism doesn’t work. However, none of the evils and disastrous situations that I’ve mentioned above have been present in Cuba after the Revolution triumphed. For example, unemployment doesn’t exist in Cuba, it’s the opposite in fact, there is a shortage of labor in many sectors.

When it comes to food, Cubans have been guaranteed a certain amount of food at subsidised rates so that even the poorest person won’t starve. And as well as this supply, which is practically handed out, we can buy how ever much we want on the market at a normal price.

Education is free at every level and there aren’t private schools, as this is considered to be the State’s obligation. It’s the same thing with medical care and medicines given at hospitals, while the medicines we buy at pharmacies are also subsidised by the State, regardless of how much imported medicines cost on the foreign market and how much nationally produced medicines are. Over 50% of the state budget is allocated to education and healthcare which doesn’t happen anywhere else in the world.

The Cuban people also have access to sports and culture, which complete the benefits (which I’ve mentioned above) that they enjoy and which they are willing to fight for against the efforts of those who want our revolutionary project to fail, both enemies abroad, as well as annexationists and counter-revolutionaries on the island, who prefer to go back to living under Imperialism’s yoke. This is why Cuba is and will continue to be a country living a revolution.

Elio Delgado Legon

Elio Delgado-Legon: I am a Cuban who has lived for 80 years, therefore I know full well how life was before the revolution, having experienced it directly and indirectly. As a result, it hurts me to read so many aspersions cast upon a government that fights tooth and nail to provide us a better life. If it hasn’t fully been able to do so, this is because of the many obstacles that have been put in its way.

22 thoughts on “Cuba is Still Living a Revolution

  • December 28, 2018 at 10:43 pm

    “Hard to believe there are people westerners in democracies who support blatant obvious tyrannies like in Cuba and Venezuela. Many people clearly are not too bright.”

    Given the intellectuals and artists who became enamoured with Stalin and Mussolini it can baffle. My theory is that the ability to see fault in one place, especially if it’s the place you live in, probably blinds people to seeing the problems in other places. Some people probably just want to believe that somewhere there are people doing better. When they the problems of their society like poverty and racism not to mention the occasional rhetoric justifying these things they become inclined to embrace rhetoric opposing these things even if the rhetoric masks a facade.

  • December 22, 2018 at 9:32 am

    The most accurate statement that Senior Lagon made that seems to have been dismissed by his critics is the state of capitalism in the world. It’s amazing that in a system that by its design is based on winners and losers that everyone thinks of themselves as a potential winner. It’s like buying a lottery ticket or pulling the lever on the machine at the casino. Everyone will win.

    But in reality the latest Oxfam figures show that 8, not 800 or 8,000, but 8 families now control fully 1/2 of the worlds wealth. In the US, since 2008 while GDP has steadily increased, 85% of the increase in national income went to the top 1% of the population. I know that i am criticizing capitalism from within and from a position of relative comfort, But even the capitalists are now worried that the very nature of the system they created has taken on a deadly life of its own and is heading for its own internal collapse.

    While capitalisms demise will more likely be a slow crumbling rather than an abrupt fall, both left and right in the US are looking for a new way. Or one might say, a way out. So far it is the right that has prevailed. But the troubles of the Trump administration may harbor a shift.

  • December 21, 2018 at 8:45 am

    Cuba needs to find a way forward that will retain the undoubted gains of the revolution, and yet allow the entreprenural energies of the Cuban people to pull the nation upwards economically. Most fair-minded people acknowledge that there are such gains, but that the state of the Cuban economy is not one of them, and in fact undermines them in the long run. That the American blockade contributes to Cuba’s problems is not in doubt, but its main function is to serve as an excuse for economic stagnation.

    The country Cubans should study as a possible model for their next step is Singapore. A rather authoritarian party rules the island state, subject to elections and the annoyance of an Opposition, but is very popular with the voters, and thus has continued in power for about sixty years. It has taken Singapore ‘from Third World to First’, and is not in thrall to any particular ideological dogma. Cubans are not Chinese, so that should be taken into account — but Latin America doesn’t offer much in the way of acceptable models. The study of this country, like Cuba, once a colony which was fought over by rival imperialists, might be rewarding.

  • December 18, 2018 at 1:40 am

    Hard to believe there are people westerners in democracies who support blatant obvious tyrannies like in Cuba and Venezuela.
    Many people clearly are not too bright.

  • December 16, 2018 at 9:27 am

    I would like Don Elio to tell us what was the “dream of our Heroes”, because if those who fought and died in combat or lived long after that, what they wanted was a ruined country, a communist dictatorship without inclusions for those of us who do not think as the ruling elite, a people with double standards, a people who are losing elementary values on a remarkable decline, a country with a population aged because in parts of the migrations of the last 60 years, a people without hope, cities in decline, etc., then, the “heroes” must go directly to the Hell if they are by mistake in Paradise.

    Simply the capitalism of Cuba in the decade of the 1950 far exceeds the Cuba of the 2018. It should be noted, (in another reply I have already done), that Cuba’s indices were the envies of many countries even in Europe at that time, and if we were continue that way, today there is a possibility of being the “hearth” of the entire Caribbean region, not a country destroyed by a doctrine.

    It is interesting to mention that Brazil, despite so many years of “left-wing” government, the percentage of citizens in poverty was not mentioned by Elio. Now that Brazil have changed from “sides” is “remarkable” by Don Elio, the hidden face of the moon (while the Socialists were in power he never wrote about it). The same with Argentina as the Kirchners filled their accounts of money, it was never mentioned by Don Elio, the fact that many could not afford to pay for a roof. That is what I consider, a typical fatality of the Communists: they are never the cause of any problem in their countries… always the others are responsible. And he could not fail to refer to “the decadence” of mega American cities. How suspicious could I be? I would accuse him of been one of the empire’s mercenary, (as he does with people who don’t think as him) if not!

    What I do not understand is how the columnist in question let the fact escape in his article about migrants seeking better life in the brutal Empire of the north (north of Cuba means USA)… Why not create an aerial or maritime bridge like “Mariel”, “Camarioca” or “Operation Peter Pan” (going to, not escaping from Cuba, clarified), to make all those Latin Americans who seek asylum to live better go to the communist paradise of the Castro clan? How come the Haitians don’t want to go to Cuba? Wouldn’t it help the “altruistic image” of the government? Or is it that those Latin Americans are not fools to go to live in the “First Free Territory of America”?

    The Cuban “re-involution” has not been able to give to the people prosperity because even when they sucked from the bones of the Communists States of Eastern Europe, they didn’t care to do it (the communist government is “parasite”, bleeds from whom allowed then and only reciprocate with poverty). What they did with that money and other subsidies was sponsorship guerrillas throughout Latin America and several African countries. They went to build communism around those continents by spending some of the money they received in exchange, deploying “cannon fodder” without creating infrastructures that would allow a reasonable development in Cuba. The Soviet empire fell and Cuba collapsed to levels never seen in its history. Now the blame is on the embargo… who told the communist ruling party that they can make the United States sell products if USA does not want to sell to Cuba? (by the way if you visit the TRD “Foreign Currency Collection Shops”, for foreigners who do not know the meaning), there are some American products.

    There is no unemployment in Cuba because of the bloated staffs. The job that a worker, an office worker, a service clerk can do, is occupied by 3 workers, 3 clerks and three service employees, earning starveling wages and with little work content for the 3. To make sure what I say it’s true, its suitable to pass in front of the many state offices and you’ll see employees talking, not in their jobs or going out in the middle of their working hours to “solve” their affairs… who pays? Well, reformulating the question: Who pays poorly? Another example: How to employ the hundreds of thousands of doctors graduated without a plan just for the paranoiac desired of the dictator Fidel? The answer is recent: Slavering then as “pawns” in other countries!

    Look Don Elio, you have to have little respect to write…! Does the basic basket, (food stamps) guarantee the 30 days of the month feeding? I will not insult you Don Elio… what do you consume during the month? Details please!

    Education IS NOT FREE. Don’t lie so irrationally. Public health IS NOT FREE. Do not try to deceive those who read your articles… what high price do Cubans pay for all that? Poorly wages, politicized teaching as all our kids must screen every day that they want to be as Che Guevara, doctrine, poorly reputable hospital services, staff willing to go to work as slave in others countries, marginalization, terrible urban and interurban transportation, food stamp for almost 6 decades, laziness, youth welling to go out of Cuba at any price, repression and so many other consequences! Don’t you think we pay too much for education and health care? I do!

    If so much budget is devoted to these two areas… Why are Cuban universities not in the ranking of the 500 first in the world?

    It is not a surprise to know that you called us “Contrarrevolucionarios and other epithets” because we don’t agree with yours “ideas”, it’s just the reflection of the intolerance, the disqualification, the inoculated poison, the resentment, the sectarianism, the constant repression that applies from the power “You and those as you using the same methods”. Revolution is evolution. What you’re referring to is far from being called that.

  • December 15, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    Listen the ruling class I won’t waste a lot of time with you. In talking about the countries which Cuba helped liberate Fidel himself said that “there isn’t one piece of property there belonging to Cuba”. As for your propaganda about Cuban DOCTORS, the world shows it’s gratitude by welcoming them and paying them. You just waste your time on building walls like the Christ and muslim hating jews have done. As you and your Omnipotent administrators have done- stolen someone else’s land and built such walls in order to keep other immigrants out, you too will ultimately feel the wrath of the people…………..

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