Elio Delgado Legon
HAVANA TIMES – When History repeats itself with all the same mistakes and disastrous consequences, it means that something has gone wrong: education hasn’t fulfilled its purpose in educating following generations and the media hasn’t done one of its main jobs which is to never let history be forgotten.
Everybody knows that today the world is in political and social crisis, as a result of the capitalist system coming to an end, which concentrates more and more wealth in the hands of a select few while the rest of humanity sinks into greater poverty and starvation.
Self-interest in Capitalism doesn’t allow global food production (which could perfectly feed the entire human population on Earth) to resolve the issue of starvation in the world today, as it would rather throw out tons of food than put it to use because this might reduce market prices.
A “fun” fact that illustrates the crisis situation the world is in: with just a fifth of what is spent on arms and weapons to kill, millions of people who die of starvation and of preventable and curable diseases could be saved.
All of the above, from us forgetting history to the current crisis countries are facing today, could lead the world to suffer the consequences of Fascism again.
This explains why political candidates with fascist, xenophobic, discriminatory and racist ideas are receiving alarming levels of popular support at the polls. And I won’t give you examples because my readers are well aware.
Another thing that I have mentioned in a previous article of mine in the appearance of neofascist groups and parties who freely spread their ideology, displaying fascist symbols like the swastika, which most people remember with great sadness, especially those who suffered the Holocaust more firsthand, and the concentration camps that Adolf Hitler set up in Germany when he chased after world domination.
Trying to dominate the world using arms so that people respond to an ideology and a system that is already in crisis is one of the greatest dangers we face today, when every continent is riddled with US military bases, even with nuclear arms deployed and at the ready, which could be the end of humankind.
Let’s teach history in all its rawness and be on the watch out for dangers that we face if we turn a blind eye. Let’s expose the real dangers that ignorance of historic events can lead to with out media, otherwise we will be committing the biggest mistake of all, which can lead us once again (even with a pseudodemocracy in place) to something we thought was a thing of the past: Fascism.