By Martin Guevara

The migrant crisis. Photo: europeanmovement.ie

HAVANA TIMES — The experience of Syrian refugees – a drama much talked about around Europe today, which is cause enough for concern in and of itself – led me to make a rather disheartening observation.

The tragedies these exiles bring with them from their native soil are made worse when they fall into the hands of Serbian, Bulgarian and Hungarian criminals, who not hesitate to try and make a profit through human trafficking.

The worst, however, is to be found at the hands of mafias, governments and common people in former Soviet satellites, where “solidarity” or any respect for human rights is practically non-existent. All the while, Austria is showing an exemplary sensitivity and behavior.

The first half of the 20th century clearly showed us that Austrians are not intrinsically kind and that Hungarians, Serbs or Bulgarians are not demons by nature.

This is the result of the perverse experiment that was inaptly called “communist,” for it did not even adhere to the tenets that the ideology proclaimed at the time, the experiment essayed in the countries behind the Berlin Wall, where the least capitalist development was to be found.

Neonazis in Poland. Photo: indymedia.org

Today, the largest numbers of young, working-class neo-Nazis are to be found precisely in Eastern European countries. Within Germany (which has earned for itself eternal suspicion), the majority of people who feel nostalgia for the holocaust are clearly concentrated in the area that was once the GDR.

I would like to be able to say that Cuba will go a different way, but I fear that the new generations, already composed of an army of young people who are apolitical to the bone, defenders of a kind of anti-culture, characterized by the worst imaginable taste and the most commercial aesthetic possible, will also have an instinct aversion to any notion of solidarity, that they will carry this aversion in their genes, molded and forged as these are by the intense and premeditated fiasco that accompanied that jargon, that terminology they were forced to adopt – that the present and future generations will not be able to avoid associating these ideas with the unique scam the Cuban people were subjected to for more than half a century.

This new phenomenon is expressed through a handful of vulgar words and auxiliary interjections that are as difficult to understand as they are insolent and aggressive.

Regrettably, we have to admit that it is far easier to share cultural, ethical and even political ideas with those Cubans who were deported during the first years of the Cuban “de-evolution” than it is with the voracious litter spawned by that utopian project aimed at creating the “New Man,” a project that led to the creation of young people reminiscent of the Tyrannosaurus Rex.

 


19 thoughts on “Cuba: The Tyrannosaurus Rex Generation

  • John, you live in your own reality. First, where is the proposition that Cuba will copy the U.S. Model ? It is unlikely.

    The U.S. Is not that bad. Of all the places, I could live, I would choose America. I love America with all it’s imperfections. I love the personal freedom here. I have done very well since immigrating from Cuba. Barack Obamba is no hostage to business oligards.

  • Ah, I did a web search and found various sources saying that he completed his studies and was a qualified Physician. However he completed his studies after his motorcycle tour of South America. To me that was interesting, as his motivation for adopting Marxism was apparently that tour and observation of so much poverty, but he obviously returned to his studies before commencing his political pursuits. I also recall that following his first personal execution, he examined the effects of the bullet upon the brain of his victim. no word of the Hippocratic oath! Of course his defenders will say that carrying out such an execution is justifiable for a Marxist revolutionary – but not by others!

  • I did not fail to see his point. My last sentence acknowledges that as individual freedoms increase in Cuba, Cuban values may suffer. Cubans pride themselves in greater racial equality. As a Cuban value, I would agree with you that racism is likely to increase.

  • I think you are missing the point of the article. There is a real danger of a surge in support of the Ultra-Right in Cuba. I have noticed an under current of racial tension that could explode if the economic situation doesn’t get better. Yet you lot are oblivious to the dangers.

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