The Riddle of the Trinity

By Erasmo Calzadilla

So then, who holds the power in Cuba?  The people, the workers, or the Party?
So then, who holds the power in Cuba? The people, the workers, or the Party?

Since the very beginning, theologians have been caught up in trying to solve the riddle of the trinity, without much success.

Are the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost different facets of the same and only God?  Or are they distinct representations of the same divinity?  Perhaps they are three different Gods with coordinated roles?  On maybe some other variation on the theme…?  What a huge mystery contained in so few words!

I imagine that someone from far away latitudes would fall into the same labyrinth trying to decipher who holds the reins of power in Cuba by reading our socialist constitution.  To illustrate what I mean, I propose we look at the first, third and fifth articles of the document, which specifically address the issue of who wields the baton.

ARTICLE 1. Cuba is an independent and sovereign socialist state of workers, organized with all and for the good of all as a united and democratic republic, for the enjoyment of political freedom, social justice, individual and collective well-being, and human solidarity.

ARTICLE 3. In the Republic of Cuba sovereignty lies in the people, from whom originates all the power of the state.  That power is exercised directly or through the assemblies of People’s Power and other state bodies which derive their authority from these assemblies, in the form and according to the norms established in the Constitution and by law.

When no other recourse is possible, all citizens have the right to struggle through all means, including armed struggle, against anyone who tries to overthrow the political, social and economic order established in this Constitution.

ARTICLE 5. The Communist Party of Cuba, a follower of Martí’s ideas and of Marxism-Leninism, and the organized vanguard of the Cuban nation, is the highest leading force of society and of the state, which organizes and guides the common effort toward the goals of the construction of socialism and the progress toward a communist society.

So then, who holds the power in Cuba?  The people, the workers, or the Party?

I don’t understand how such an important question can be so unclear in the constitution.  Or am I just dense? If someone understands this, will you please explain it to me?

Erasmo Calzadilla

Erasmo Calzadilla: I find it difficult to introduce myself in public. I've tried many times but it doesn’t flow. I’m more less how I appear in my posts, add some unpresentable qualities and stir; that should do for a first approach. If you want to dig a little deeper, ask me for an appointment and wait for a reply.

5 thoughts on “The Riddle of the Trinity

  • The real power is in the (wrong) hands of the Castro brothers and a handful of military men that follow them.Don’t pay attention to what they say.Just look at how they behave.They actually act like lords or slavemasters who self-righteously own the country.
    They use socialism as an excuse to establish their own “new order”.They don’t really care about the people,the workers or the communist party.”Revolution” signifies for them “the way to permanent power with minimum accountability”
    The rest is just an elaborated packaging.

  • Just as there’s little mystery in the natural world when you apply the darwinist method of Evolution by Natural Selection to it, there is little mystery as well in the cuban political situation, when you (properly) apply the marxist method of Dialectical/Historical-Materialism to it. And it is painfully obvious that you people blogging on Havana Times wouldn’t be posing all these necessarily awkward questions here, if the Revolution could simply “deliver the goods”. Which it obviously can’t. At least now. And so you keep posting the same question, over and over, in various guises — and people like me keep responding with more or less the same reply…

    No mystery to it, fella. At all.

  • To answer Erasmo’s question, the Communist Party. To be more precise, a handful of people in the leadership of the Communist Party.

  • Yoli, i also believe that religion is a way to control the masses and separate people from one another based on skin color, ethnicity etc..and as we all know RELIGION WAS USED TO ENSLAVE OUR PEOPLE..THAT HOW WE GOT TO CUBA. Religion is used today to keep humans from one another and to keep us ignorant.,

    Look, treating all people as humans is key..sharing y wealth and resources is a must and visiting the less fortunate and giving them an arm to lean on will get the job done.And if we all did that just imagine?

    Good peice Erazmo

  • Personally born in to a family of fokes who believed in and who still hold close the Orisha as a santeria follower in its tradition i find immense problemas with the trinity theory..Maybe its just me i don’t know?
    However, this is a good piece not wordy or razzle dazzle and as usual i spoke with my sis.
    i shared this with Milagros who is in Cuba and she said the following.

    Yoli this is a crock of BS ..The creator claims autonomy, alpha omega, beginning and the end and the I when did the creator find time to bed Maria? And, sis if he did why?
    Or did the creator change his mind and decide that a compadre was needed? Yoil, this scares me a lot, this is what young people are having shoved down thier throats..Now i realize that its not a bad thing to believe in something, but lies?
    Also think of this..noone can prove it..The bible is written by King James who had several wives etc? This is why i just do good and give to the most needy..i do not touch the bible.

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