By Esteban Diaz
The greatest error that Cuban leaders have made is that, in certain periods of the revolution, they have imposed their political positions without mass discussion and popular debate.
I believe this error has left the leadership discredited in the minds of part of the population, who have ceased to participate actively in the political life of the country. By default, this has served only to further entrench the island’s bureaucratic strata.
Today in Cuba, the struggle against the bureaucracy is returning. Leaders such as Fidel and Raul Castro, along with numbers of intellectuals, are calling on the people to strengthen the revolution through open discussions held at all places of work, universities and settings in which the Cuban people meet.
Unfortunately, the younger generation has not acquired political experience in daily struggles, since they’ve almost always remained under the guardianship of their mass organization’s leaders, who provide them with little information about the economic, social and political aspects of Cuba or the world.
Likewise, these leaders have not encouraged open discussion on various issues of interest for young people’s development. Youth have not been encouraged to voluntarily debate and discuss the range of problems affecting their lives.
This generation, sharply critical of the system, sometimes forgets to offer solutions-or what’s worse, don’t have any. Some end up sinking into pessimism, convinced that nothing can change, while others simply surrender all power to the leaders. From what I’ve seen, this has resulted in a revolutionary paralysis among many Cuban youth.
You can’t blame them for not wanting to participate in these matters, new societies are born of the previous ones, and while they clearly develop intrinsically, they also acquire some of the weaknesses of the previous ones. To be continued…