Elio Delgado Legon

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HAVANA TIMES — I find it despicable to question the Cuban Revolution’s achievements, from any angle, even more so when lies are used to take advantage of the ignorance many readers have about the subject. Attempts of this kind spread like wildfire in reactionary media, both in the United States as well as other countries, playing into the Imperial masters’ game and win them over.

Recently, women’s inclusion in the workforce was questioned as not being an exclusive achievement of the Revolution, but a global trend. This is false, as the majority of countries still don’t even consider women when working out the unemployment rate, which is much higher than that of men. Plus, in nearly all of these countries, women earn less than men do working the same jobs, which is a form of discrimination, but not the only kind. There’s a reason why the United Nations develops campaigns against the violence that women and young girls suffer, which leads to femicide in many Latin American countries.

The respect and consideration that women in the Cuban Revolution have doesn’t exist in any other country in the world, not to mention in capitalist countries regardless of whether they are developed or underdeveloped nations.

Cuba was the first country in Latin America to wipe out illiteracy and I will dare to say that it was the first country in the world to make sure all of its population was literate, as there are remote places where illiteracy exists even in developed countries that have widespread access to education and many of these places have improved their literacy situation with the help they have received from Cuban experts. The same thing has happened in Latin America, where countries have wiped out illiteracy or are on their way to doing so, doing this with the Cuban Revolution’s help. Therefore, no other country can compare to Cuba in this regard.

With regard to current health indicators in Cuba, which are equal to or better than the First World in many regards, no other underdeveloped country has even come close to what Cuba has achieved and the fact that the Cuban Socialist Revolution has provided aid in the field of health in over 60 different countries is proof of this. In some countries, it takes on almost all of the country’s healthcare and also trains up health personnel in its universities so they can then go and practice in their own countries.

The claim that countries that were in the same position as Cuba before the Revolution have reached the same level as Cuba is an absolute lie. Let’s take one index as an example: the infant mortality rate. Last year, it was 4 children under 1 years old for every 1000 live births, and it has been the lowest in the continent (including the United States and Canada) for the past decade. This would be unthinkable if it weren’t for a socialist system, where profits aren’t given priority, but the wish to satisfy the people’s needs does.

Some people, who try to defame and belittle the Revolution’s achievements, argue that Cuba has always depended on “foreign benefactors”, but this is just another lie. The fact that the Cuban Revolution has been subject to a cruel economic, commercial and financial blockade is what needs to be said, which makes it impossible for Cuba to get funding from any international organization, like the rest of countries do, and therefore Cuba has had to depend on loans from other countries and favorable trade deals, like many countries have with the United States, on the condition of countries that are more favored in international trade.

It’s not that Cuba has depended on “foreign benefactors” and not on its own wealth, but rather that we are talking about a country which lacks huge reserves of natural resources, which makes it difficult to establish sustainable development and even more so when there is a tight blockade which makes progress even slower.

However, the Cuban Revolution’s achievements are becoming more and more certain, you can be sure of that! Cuba is making progress, although not as quickly as we all would like, but advances made in science and human capital which it has in every sector is a guarantee that we will have sustainable development, it’s making headway slowly but surely.

However, the Cuban Revolution’s achievements aren’t limited to just the education and health sectors, like many people want to pass it off as. Achievements made in sports and culture are something that many developed nations haven’t been able to do. Cuba can also flaunt the fact that it is one of the safest countries in the world, where the violence that prevails elsewhere in the world doesn’t exist here, where there aren’t any drugs which cause so much harm to the majority of their people.

I could add many others but I can’t make this article too long. However, what I have pointed out until now allows me to positively say that the Cuban Revolution has made undeniable progress.


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.

19 thoughts on “The Cuban Revolution’s Undeniable Progress

  • Socialist worker, maybe you misunderstand what I say. I am as sicked by the greed in my country that you speak of, as you are. I am equally nauseated by the lazy non-working sluggards, who drain the social welfare system coffers that they could and should be contributing to with their earned income, instead sitting at home on their fat leotards, while I work mine to shreds. But this one thing I know from experience in a working commune; I was working hard every day, to contribute to the “common good” as much as I could, while others who were as capable as me didn’t produce 10% of what I did in a day. When I asked why? They said “why should we work as hard as you do, we will get the same reward if we don’t work so hard as you”. Now tell me good sir, what would incentivize me to continue to produce so much more? And that is why the once proud USSR failed, and Cuba to follow. Find a way to incentivize the producers, so that they will voluntarily be motivated and produce, and while preventing the abuses that are driven by excessive greed. Let those who will produce, be motivated to do it without force and fear, fill the social coffers to overflowing, by not feeding the lazy sluggards, and there will be plenty to care for the unfortunate needy ones; the widows, orphans, disabled through no fault, etc. Do you understand now? We are not succeeding with this lofty goal in the USA. The greedy have too much, the faultless needy have too little, sexual immorality is rampant, atheism is infiltrating our schools, our once great medical professional community is shrinking, illegal immigrants are violently destroying our cities, and the great moral majority producers get discouraged and go away. Maybe there’s a new hope growing with our new President, we’ll watch and see. So I’ll pray for my country, and for Cuba too.

  • Moses, you have confirmed what I’ve been saying herein, and I agree with your latter statement completely. Tempered Capitalism and combined with tempered Socialism, will produce wealth for the hard working masses, humanitarian charitable subsistence for the unfortunate needy, and punish the lazy sluggards. As the wise old Apostle Paul, a Talmud and emissary of Yeshua Hebrew Messiah said “If a physically capable man/woman refuses to work, he/she doesn’t deserve or need to eat”. The Judeao/Christian work ethic of Yeshua the Messiah, first son of the one true G-d. And I sincerely believe that this is exactly what Raul Castro has been trying to accomplish since we discussed this together in June 2004. So it is said, so let it be. A friend of the Cuban peoples.

  • Well if finish your night job as a dishwasher then you go Jaywalking down a deserted street in the US you can expect a police beating. In fact when the US police murder someone they are awarded a paid vacation.

  • “There needs to be personal and individual economic incentives, base on merit and performance, to generate wealth for the masses.” This is the same ‘Happy Meal’ mantra that has been repeated over and over and enforced by management prerogative in the US. Has it worked for the masses?

    The corporations through de unionization campaigns have forced a change from a 30% union membership to 7% in the private sector. This has given management a free hand.

    Since the end of WW2 productivity and real wages rose until about 1970 since then average real wages in the US have been been about flat with the peak wage in about 1970. However productivity has just kept rising. CEO pay went from about 40 times the lowest wage worker to about 400 times the lowest wage worker. So who is refusing to work but insists on the right to steal?

    Since Cuba is not organized to pay out shareholder dividend checks to people who survive on other peoples labor they don’t have the problem of capitalist leeches seeking to maximum return on investment or an economy where millions are employed part time despite wanting full time work while 23% of productive capacity sits idle.

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