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 15, 2018 at 4:44 am
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    As I have said Mr MacD your comments contain a scattering of truths. But these sporadic truths are swamped by the numerous cliches and one sided, ideologicaly biased rhetoric.
    As usual, your comments suggest that you will only ever see one side of the story.
    Re: Churchill – As I have pointed out previously, he was part of a class of people in the UK who not only opposed socialism but also opposed the onset of democracy for the specific reason that the power of his class of people was inevitably becoming diluted.
    Re: Cuba’s ‘interventions’ – With all due respect to you Mr MacD, I would take Nelson Mandela’s viewpoint on this over yours. He specifically stated that the apartheid system in his country would have continued longer if it were not for Cuba’s intervention.
    Re: Communism solving certain problems as correctly stated by fchow – certain impoverished parts of Russia were rife with child malnutrition prior to 1917. This problem was solved over the ensuing decades. Now the communist era is long gone, impoverishment and child malnutrition in the very same parts of Russia are on the rise again.
    Re: Immigrants living shorter lives and Cuba having none of them – Surely your own (seemingly ungrateful) residence in Cuba would refute that claim?
    You are an immigrant to Cuba Mr MacD and I sincerely hope that you enjoy good health and a long and vigorous life for a great many years to come…….

  • December 14, 2018 at 6:41 pm
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    STALIN, FIDEL and RAUL CASTRO, MADURO, ORTEGA, KIM JUNG UN and HO CHI MIN as communist dictators, would be proud of you ‘Raul “Curly” Estremera.
    Your contribution contains several but not all of the trite communist slogans.
    None of them change the fact that communism and all those listed above depend(ed) upon repression of the individual and creation of a proletariat ‘mass’. Humanity its talents and abilities have to be crushed to achieve that which you support.
    Cuba charges capitalist rates for the doctors working under contract in other countries. It does not “share” them!
    Remember Cuba’s imperialist endeavors in the 13 countries in which it intervened militarily. In addition, Cuba joined Syria in invading Israel in the Yum Kippur war which was yet another failure. So don’t preach about the sins of others!

  • December 14, 2018 at 3:18 pm
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    Cuba has survived some of the horrendous attacks and planned invasions which the United Snakes has carried out against other nations, but through the Leadership of Fidel and led by it’s communist party, supported by it’s people, the Cuban revolution was forged and began it’s early struggles against imperialist aggressions as a revolution in motion. Constantly en guard against the conspiracies hatched out against Cuba by the u.s. financed GUSANO MAIAMI MAFIA, along with the payed stooges inside Cuba. Under the pressure of a murderous BLOQUEO, which has stolen billions from Cuba’s economy, this marvelous country still manages to carry out wonders in medicine, sciences, arts, and shares thousands of its doctors with the world. When the next u.s. president is elected and exits the business mongrel now occupying the position, Things will change for Cuba ,because the people of North Amerikkka will unite with the Cuban people, and then the world will witness the great wonderful human strides that a true REVOLUTION IN MOTION can produce for the world, without traitors and wealth stooges.

  • December 14, 2018 at 3:08 pm
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    fchow, you are rattling on about life expectancy in Cuba exceeding that of the US. So what? If you examine the life expectancy of immigrants, you will find that it is well below that of peoples born in the receiving country. But then, Cuba doesn’t have any immigrants! Funny how it fails to attract those who support it in these pages and others of their ilk!
    You say (perhaps if you are sensible with tongue-in cheek) that if Cuba had “a mere 20 billion” it could “certainly transform the world.” Well it does, because its current debt with China is approaching 30 billion! So how much has it changed the world?
    Your definition of “anything meaningful” being done under the capitalist system obviously excludes standard of living. That reflects the total failure of the Cuban Castro regime to address the standard of living for the citizens of Cuba. When did the Poder Popular last address that fchow?
    Hundreds of millions of people enjoy a good standard of living under capitalism. As far as “Socialismo” is concerned, Churchill summed it up perfectly:

    “The inherent vice of socialism is the equal sharing of misery.”

    As I spend the majority of my time at home in Cuba, I see that misery daily, not in imagination, but in reality! To suggest that “the communist system can solve social problems” is put frankly fchow, bunkum!
    China and Vietnam both recognized that capitalism is essential for social progress! Cuba is stuck in the morass of 19th century Marxist rhetoric!
    I am not concerned about the US which seems to dominate the thinking of communist supporters in these pages, my concern is for the people of Cuba and the prayer that they may yet enjoy the freedom of individual thought and action, which those who live in multi-party democratic capitalist countries enjoy.

  • December 14, 2018 at 9:32 am
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    I am reminded of something written by Henry CL Liu back in 2002, when the US GDP was approaching 10 trillion. Today it is approaching 20 trillion.

    “There was a moment in the late 1960s, before the Vietnam War blew away all of America’s surpluses, that people with good incomes were beginning to take three-day weekends on a regular year-around basis and eight-week vacations. From Los Angeles to Dallas to Scarsdale, fathers were home by 5:30pm barbecuing for the whole family and mothers had time for their children, and the GDP was a mere $200 billion. Economists thought then that if the GDP reached $1 trillion, all economic problems would be solved. Instead, the GDP is now more than $10 trillion, and there is financial crisis everywhere – from health care to social security to education, even defense. There appears to be a problem with what growth really is.”

    So you see gentlemen we have a paradox. The capitalist system can generate wealth, but it is incapable of solving the most basic social problems. Life expectancy in Cuba exceed that of the United States. And don’t get me going about racism, poverty, lack of education, drugs, and gun violence – let alone migrant children in cages. The US cannot solve a single social problem, despite a GDP approaching 20 trillion dollars.

    If Cuba had a mere 20 billion, it could certainly transform the world, given what it has already done with far less.

    And therein lies the paradox: the capitalist system can generate wealth, but cannot do anything meaningful with it. The communist system can solve social problems, but cannot generate wealth.

  • December 14, 2018 at 9:25 am
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    I admit there are a lot of stupid rules in Cuba. True. It is a work in progress. A German tourist I met there said “In a Capitalist country you are free to do anything, unless a law says you can’t. In a Communist country you are not free to do anything, unless a law says you can.” But we must not lose sight of the fact that life expectancy is higher in Cuba than the USA, a country with a GDP approaching 20 trillion dollars. What could Cuba do if it only had 20 billion, let alone 20 trillion dollars ? And there is the paradox. Capitalism can generate material wealth, but seems incapable of solving any important social problems. Communism can solve problems, but cannot generate wealth.

    Henry CK Liu wrote this back in 2002 (today the US GDP is close to 20 trillion):

    “There was a moment in the late 1960s, before the Vietnam War blew away all of America’s surpluses, that people with good incomes were beginning to take three-day weekends on a regular year-around basis and eight-week vacations. From Los Angeles to Dallas to Scarsdale, fathers were home by 5:30pm barbecuing for the whole family and mothers had time for their children, and the GDP was a mere $200 billion. Economists thought then that if the GDP reached $1 trillion, all economic problems would be solved. Instead, the GDP is now more than $10 trillion, and there is financial crisis everywhere – from health care to social security to education, even defense. There appears to be a problem with what growth really is.”

  • December 14, 2018 at 1:25 am
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    Did you see the vehicle break down during the four day tour, when the MININT goons had to get off and push it? Secondly, Did you observe the funerals of Winston Churchill, Diana Princess of Wales and George H.W. Bush. I ask because of your claim that “no ware (sic) on earth would this happen”, in referring not to the actual funeral, but the tour of Fidel Castro’s ashes in Eastern Cuba.
    I had thought that the actual funeral of Fidel Castro was private, but it is interesting to know that you attended. I note with interest that both you and I are married to Cubans and I spend most of my time in Cuba, Do you also do so?
    I also noted your comment that “you can buy butter, bread, soup whatever.” In our town there has not been any butter available since July, but yes if one waits for forty minutes at the Panderia, it is possible to buy 200gm loaves of bread, but I haven’t seen any soup for sale in Cuba – ever!
    The world is not punishing Cuba, note the 189 – 2 vote in the UN. Your country of Canada was one of the 189.
    Cuba’s economic woes are a consequence of 60 years of communist repression and economic incompetence.

  • December 14, 2018 at 1:02 am
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    Hello nick, you have popped out. Yes, you are correct in saying that I am opposed to the Propaganda Department of the Communist Party of Cuba that Elio reflects so oddly but so accurately reflects. Perched as you are upon your “I have balanced views” fence, you may pontificate as if representing the world at large. But let readers recall, that you refuse to condemn dictatorship of the left, whereas i condemn dictatorship as evil, whether by the left or extreme right.
    But in response to my comment above which you do not appear to have read, do you agree that it defines both the people of Cuba and the Communist regime?

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