Foolish Dreaming of Capitalism’s Return to Cuba

Elio Delgado Legon

Billboard in Santiago de Cuba. Photo: Janis Hernandez

HAVANA TIMES — Men come and go, but the Revolution is immortal. Although it might seem like a political slogan, it’s a crushing reality for Imperialism’s wage earners, who don’t shy away from claiming that Cuba’s political system will last as long as those who currently govern the country live.

At the recent Young Pioneers National Assembly, children proved that the Revolution will continue to be defended, with their mature opinions, as they are the future, and they made it very clear that they would defend the Revolution and socialism, and that they won’t be lured by capitalist siren songs.

Because of the normal National Assembly of the People’s Power’s session that took place recently, where Cuban President Raul Castro explained the temporary economic problems that the country is facing right now, Imperialism’s spokespeople have begun to spin a campaign of misinformation in order to create social unrest and uncertainty, not only in our people but also in our trade partners, predicting another Special Period like the one we had to endure in the 1990s, when Cuba lost 80% of its external trade because the socialist bloc and CAME disappeared and the USSR fell apart.

Emboldened by the situation at that time of crisis, the US government tried to finish off the Cuban Revolution by tightening the economic, trade and financial embargo that they’ve imposed on us for more than 50 years. The Cuban people didn’t surrender out of hunger and disease, which was the explicit objective of that failed policy.

The current Cuban crisis doesn’t resemble the one we experienced in the ‘90s in any way. Today, Cuba has trade relationships with countries all over the world and its trade partners are more and more diversified every day.  At the same time it increases its exports, not only goods but also services.

Cuba depended on its trade relationship with the socialist bloc through the ‘80s, not because it was a mistake, like some malicious people like to claim, but because US imperialism left us no other choice when they closed us off from the world, even from Latin America.

Today, Cuba doesn’t depend on one country in particular. It has a lot of trade partners all over the world to whom it sells its products and can buy whatever it needs.

The global capitalist crisis, which began in the US in the ‘80s, affects every country to some extent, and Cuba, also forming a part of this world, can’t escape the ups and downs of this crisis and has to put emergency measures into effect in certain situations. However, it always does its best to try and not affect the population’s basic services, like it is doing now.

To those who are predicting a gloomy end for the Revolution, let me suggest that you don’t get your hopes up, as the Cuban Revolution is stronger than it ever was.

To those who propose that the revolutionary government open dialogue with Imperialism’s mercenaries, I’ll say that no civil servant from another foreign power will be a valid spokesperson for a revolutionary leader.

To those who propose we draw up road maps so we can return to our infernal capitalist past, let me suggest that they print this road map on onionskin paper and put it in their bathroom at home; as I’m sure it’ll be more useful there.

To the revolutionaries who are reading this post, let me assure you that the Cuban Revolution marches forward triumphantly and is stronger than ever in spite of unfavorable and one-off situations, which are temporary and reversible.


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.

35 thoughts on “Foolish Dreaming of Capitalism’s Return to Cuba

  • I could be much richer if I made different decisions in the past 15 years. A very good friend of mine who is a doctor in Canada (who lives in $500,000 home with some solar panels) spends 6 to 8 weeks a year in very poor countries and takes over older medical equipment and relation of mine who is both a RN and a paramedic and has both jobs in Canada. I have both lived and worked in homeless shelters for short period of times. True I often work 80 to 100 hours per week but that so I can pay my bills support my father who has parkisons and my wife who still lives in Russia. I do not own an expensive car (basic pickup WT) I drive truck and always carry extra basic canned foods for myself and give to people living the streets. I have more respect for what people do with their lives than the type of house or other toys they have. I never stay expensive hotels or eat high end meals. Many of these Cuban doctors have not even seen some of the basic medical items that I have taken from Canada. Their heart is in the right place but I was shocked at the lack of items like cold packs to work with. I do not know what is like in the US. but in Canada everybody get the medicine they need even if they can not afford it. If you want to only have one part time job and think you should earn a good living you are so wrong. If you choose to work hard have 2 jobs and do good for your family and others you will be ok. The insurance industry is not fair or are the banks sometimes. I have been a volunteer in very bad areas along with troops from the army helping out. I have AHD that allows me to 3 or more days with out sleep. I sometimes get asked to help out after bad things happen. I have been told many times I am too kind and look for the best in people. I can not agree with your comments.

  • You say “…Cubans on the other hand judge [their worth] according to the service he renders to his fellow men” hahaha. It is clear you don’t know Cubans.

    And Cuba sends their “medical brigades” not out of any humanitarian concern, but as a way to raise hard cash. Truly selfless motives can be attributed to Médecins Sans Frontières, who’s doctors volunteer their, time, energy, and wealth, in the service of others.

    ….oh, look Kenedy, another boat load of Cubans fleeing your paradise, just landed on Miami Beach.

  • Brother Steve, You are judging a man by the material things he possesses; the Cubans on the other hand judge according to the service he renders to his fellow men? The American and othe doctors in the capitalist world, fleece their patients in order to become millionaires. The Cubans go about it as lending support to their fellow men. They volunteer to travel to countries who are hit by natural disasters and they render service to the affected! They go as Medical Brigades to those countries whose people have never enjoyed the privilege of ever visiting a doctor in their entire lives. Are they not billionaires in human compassion? Must everything be measured in dollars and cents? Must the Mother Theresa’s be forgotton for their humanitarian work? The bank robberies, the holdups, the murders are all means of ensuring that the people involved are counted because of their worth in dollars and cents. Why should aa person be working three jobs in the land of plenty? What has happened to the pillars of the eight hour day, 8 hours for work, 8 hours for recreation, 8 hours for rest? Dollars and cents but no health and he still cannot purchase health insurance?

  • The us needs to improve but it not like you say it is. You can get as good as health care as in Cuba now. Many items are cheaper in the US. than in Cuba now . Many people in the US make $8.00 per hour and have 2 part time jobs. They live in a trailer park with airconditioning a fridge microwave and share the trailer with another family, they still live better than 90% of the Cubans today.

  • I know of a Cubans whose wife had cancer. He was fairly well connected by Cuban standards, because control the material the construction for foreign hotels and other foreign buildings. To get his wife treated their he had to call in some big favours, otherwise she would be dead right now at the age of 40.

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