The government’s intellectuals have begun to implicitly legitimate a capitalist future for Cuba. They are the same anti-capitalist intellectuals of the first 50 years of the so-called Revolution.
Without changing their apologetic and vindicatory method of the past, they are replacing socialist ideology with neoliberal thought with the agility demanded of sandlot ball.
[Instead of a hare] they are again selling us the unseen “cat in a sack,” but what’s happening is that the cat that they’re handing us is our own neighbor’s, that same person who used to teach us to hate those people who ate sparrows at the Heroes of Socialism Park.
It turns out that today those sparrows are a lethal plague, and with the house cat poorly educated in vegetarianism, we are left with no alternative than to find our freedom in adopting the predatory attitude of the sparrow-eating cat.
In the trade union, at the university, in the press — and with the greatest of impunity — they are selling us neoliberal capitalism.
University professors, who used to travel to the Soviet Union and who once preached Marxism-Leninism, today fly to France and Spain to then train us in a supposed de-clawed neo-liberalism.
They travel to defend the South, but look how they praise the First World! They cooperate internationally by socialist vocation, but look how they enrich their souls with flashy junk! They are politically instructed by the European left, but look how they teach us rightwing ideologies!
Someone once told me that these professors would be able to change from socialism to neo-liberalism with as much ease as changing their clothes. That moment has arrived.
But they still have to deal with disguising their transformation, because these are times of transition. That’s why they use such a paradoxical discourse. After dedicating themselves to pro-socialist ideology that promises “no one will be left in the street,” they scientifically validate the government’s decision to lay off hundreds of thousands of Cuban workers.
One can see them with their laptops, with their cell phones and with that latest pleasure of enjoying expensive drinks. Concerned with their next trip to Europe, they are PhDs on subjects of rights and at the same time get upset with those students who don’t mention Marx in their master’s theses. In the face of such phoniness, they make you want to vomit.
Cuban universities are emptying themselves of political ideology to make room for an economic ideology that for more than 50 years we were prohibited from learning. Today, however, they are imposing these on us with the plausible insistence of someone who knows their position is well-protected against the layoffs.
They act like they are top notch professors earning the prestige and money that Harvard professors make for a conference.
They redirect the weather vane of “for all” toward new horizons where the common good is no longer in sight. Likewise, what will be “for all” is identified in the new oppressive slogan that our rulers are figuratively promoting: “Capitalism or Death.”