Future Revolutions

Elio Delgado Legon

I am with the Revolution.

HAVANA TIMES — Over four years ago, I wrote an article which was published on Havana Times under the heading “Peaceful revolution will prevail.” In that article, I took it as a given that when people experience the great benefits that a revolution brings them, or even just a left-wing government, which is more concerned about the poor than the capitalists, that they would never again be cheated and swayed by international Capitalism’s siren song.

I must admit that I was wrong, I underestimated Imperialism’s power and its ability to buy consciences and fund great media campaigns and wage financial wars to make people who choose a socialist Revolution suffer, to later say that this suffering is a result of Socialism’s inefficiency.

Over the last 60 years in history, the Empire (United States) has used the most wide-ranging means to make sure governments in other countries agree with their global interests. From the political assasination of progressive leaders, to bloody coup d’etats which impose fascist-like dictatorships which have murdered, tortured and made hundreds of thousands of people disappear. Let’s remind ourselves of Operation Condor in Latin America, which has been written about, but maybe not as much as it should be.

I’m certain that the majority of the US people didn’t know what this macabre plan involved, as censorship doesn’t allow the truth to be known when this goes against the system by revealing its abuses.

In recent years, the US has resorted to other means, which are maybe not so brutal as fascist dictatorships, but are still cruel to the people who need and defend their freedom to choose their own wellbeing.

In the near future, the struggle will become a battle of ideas where people will have to become more aware and radical in their actions; however, it will be a difficult battle because of the aforementioned. If the Right were to play fairly right now, it could rarely defeat the Left, as neoliberalism has already given signs of its exhaustion and failure, although the US insists on putting it into practise because they don’t have any other plan.

In the long run, the revival of Fascism is what’s on the cards, because Imperialism is already running out of ways to keep them subjugated. The battle of ideas will have to be sustained as an ideological support so that people won’t be so easily deceived, but it won’t be enough. Revolutions cost blood and they will have to be forcefully created.

For the record, I’m not in favor of violence, but while Imperialism exists, I don’t see the chances of getting what people need and deserve in a peaceful way. Today’s generations might not be able to see the new context we find ourselves in, in a world sunk in irreversible climatic change which is the result of Capitalism’s debauchery and thirst for profits, which doesn’t care about our future generations’ suffering.

Amid these conditions and maybe with the water and oil shortages, future revolutions will come to be.

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.

9 thoughts on “Future Revolutions

  • No I don’t. So according to your thought process then all oil business is the source of capitalism and therefor capitalism is the cause of climate change???? That is warped logic.

  • Hmmmm…..
    A comment which is not necessarily backed up by historical fact.
    There were many things wrong with the Soviet system.
    However since it’s demise the crime rate in Russia has gone through the roof.
    Absolute poverty has sky rocketed.
    Healthcare is a mess.
    Life Expectancy has dropped significantly.
    OK, so it would seem that Russian politicians now have the deciding vote when it comes to who gets the keys for The White House.
    But choosing the presidents of other countries doesn’t really help ordinary Russians.
    I would like to see changes in Cuba.
    But not the kind of changes that have produced the type of outcomes that ordinary Russians have had to suffer.

  • Socialism in Latin America has failed because the underlying ideology is false. Venezuela is a basket case. Brazil has turned away from Lula & Dilma (who face criminal charges for corruption), Argentina has dumped Kirchner (also facing criminal charges). The socialist experiments in Ecuador & Chile are failing.

    You got one thing right, Elio: the revival of Fascism. The Castro regime is rapidly transitioning from an authoritarian Marxist socialist state to an authoritarian Fascist state.

  • So Bush=Capitalism? This is a false premise.

  • I don’t really agree with this article. The changes in Latin America can’t all be attributed to the US. The left has made mistakes as well and should learn the lessons. It is inevitable that the pendulum swings the other way. What is important is what gains the left have achieved in the long run and how much the right manage to reverse. What can be sure is that despite the setbacks Latin America will move forward and won’t revert to the past of the Operation Condor etc.

  • Bush scuppered the Kyoto agreement. His family have a huge stake in the Oil business. Do you see the pattern now?

  • Oh, that’s a new one, you are now blaming the climate change on “Capitalism.” Very scientific.!!!!

  • Elio, some of what you wrote could be true. I’ll grant that so why is it that your airport isn’t accommodating the surge in tourism? Why do you have such a fertile land and yet your country imports food and what you produce is insufficient and in some cases rots? Your communication system to the outside world is beyond appalling, why haven’t you kept up? What does seem to work are the independent entrepreneurs who are providing places to eat, entertainment and a decent living for those who participate. Your educational system is excellent and medical care as well.
    I’d say the evil empire has done an excellent job in assisting your country.

  • State socialism has meant poverty and death for millions of people. The spread of capitalism has raised living standards all over the world. The deception is taking rights of people away from them in socialist dictatorships. I have lived in both Cuba and the United States, I could never again live under yoke of Cuban police state. For all those Americans that seek socialism, I offer a trade with a Cuban on the Island seeking their freedom. There will be no shortage of Cuban’s prepared to make the trade.

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