Elio Delgado Legon
HAVANA TIMES — When we read certain international press, which responds to US Imperialism’s interests, we can immediately sense the counter-revolutionary stench, which is disguised as progressive and even socialist a lot of the time, trying to give us the magic formula to “save Cuba from an economic disaster.”
The Cuban Revolution is changing everything that needs to be changed, like its historic leader Fidel Castro Ruz outlined in his Concept of the Revolution. However, things won’t change now just because the nation’s historic enemies are asking for it to.
The Revolution has gradually been changing ever since it triumphed back in January 1959. However, these changes were obviously rejected by the affected capitalists, including those in the United States, who had taken control of the large part of Cuba’s farm land, were the owners of its main industries and controlled its basic services.
Of course, in the eagerness to build a fairer society, with social equality for everyone, mistakes were made because the Revolution was created by human beings and nothing man-made is perfect, especially when it has to do with building a brand new society without precedent, because the socialist revolutions prior to the Cuban experiment had other characteristics and people with other traits.
In order for us to be objective, we can’t lose sight of the fact that the Cuban Revolution has had to face continuous attacks of every kind: economic, financial, commercial, military and even terrorist. The goal was always to overthrow it so that it wouldn’t serve as an example for other countries within the region and so it could declare, as they have tried to up until now, that the socialist Revolution is a failure!
Some journalists who, consciously or unconsciously, say that Cuba needs to do exactly what the Empire wants it to: restore capitalism, don’t take the damage that the US blockade has had on our economy into account, or mention it. What’s more, they try to make us believe that by giving in to the US government’s wishes, the blockade will disappear and that society will begin to develop in a capitalist way which will hold onto the Revolution’s achievements over the last almost 60 years of struggle. Only the naive could believe that.
In order to plant such an idea in our mindset, they claim that the Cuban economy is in crisis, which gives a completely distorted take on reality today. A real crisis was the world economy over the last 20 years and it wasn’t exactly socialism that created it.
One simple fact can refute this claim: at the end of last year, in Latin America and the Caribbean, there were 25 million unemployed people. However, there wasn’t any unemployment in Cuba; in fact there was a shortage of workers in many sectors. Furthermore, some countries within the region have the highest poverty, unemployment, illiteracy and poor health indicators, yet none of them have a socialist government. Therefore, it isn’t socialism which leads nations to disaster; rather it’s the complete opposite.
Some people try to use the fact that Cuba’s GDP fell ever so slightly in 2016; however, they don’t tell us the truth which is that this was due to external factors, mainly low prices for the raw materials we export and because of our main trading partners’ own problems, especially Venezuela, which is experiencing a cruel economic war.
However, national production and exports didn’t decrease, except for sugar, whose targets couldn’t be met due to climate conditions. On the contrary, in every economic sector we can see gradual progress being made, which could be much greater if the cruel and genocidal blockade didn’t exis
Restoring capitalism isn’t the answer to getting rid of this burden, but instead by resisting like we have done up unti now, showing the Empire that its out-dated policy will not steer us towards another path, because we aren’t, nor can we afford to be, naive.