HAVANA TIMES — The eccentric and brave French Cathars stood up to the Vatican’s corruption and hypocrisy for much longer than the establishment would have liked it to.
They gathered their strength in Languedoc, in Occitania, where the Catholic Church along with the French Crown, and in spite of their heroic resistance, exterminated them in the most brutal way with the Albigensian Crusade at the end of the 13th century as well as with the first appearance of the Inquisition.
A century later, the Inquisition was founded in Aragon, and when the kingdoms of Aragon and Castile came together two centuries later, it became infamously known as the Spanish Inquisition, under the strict rule of the Spanish Monarchs.
After over 5000 executions were carried out employing the most barbaric forms of torture and then exporting this to the Americas to punish rebel aboriginal Indians in Lima and Mexico, it can be said that it was the greatest scientific experiment ever on physical pain practices, psychological fear and the deterioration of the human soul.
The best thing about the Middle Ages was that it ended with the Renaissance.
Sometimes, in order to give some kind of idea as to why there are so few uprisings in leftist dictatorships, I refer to the parallels that exist between Church power in medieval times and political systems that are mistakingly called “socialist”.
Both of them stem from infusing constant self-censorship within the population, using terminology associated with and the liturgy of Good, which the Left also does, just like the medieval Church who used terror and studied, developed and implemented the most perverse forms of torture possible on rebel, dissident or poor misfits, who far from being seen as victims, also had to suffer shame and the stigma of being non-believers, encouraging evil and harboring the devil within their souls.
Just like in Siberian labor camps in the USSR, after having been held prisoner and forced to work in these camps, to practice cannibalism and suffering beatings for decades, prisoners had to admit that they had been selfish and wretched in the past for having gone against Socialism’s generosity and that they were finally ready to be “good” revolutionaries. Serving their sentence wasn’t enough; they had to convert as well.
Both in the savage Middle Ages of the Inquisition and in Communist authoritarian dictatorships, the system rules because of this liturgy of Good; on the one hand using a good-natured God and on the other, an ideology which carries solidarity and social justice in its DNA, therefore installing the evil and mean-spirited role dissidence, disobedience and dissatisfaction play into our brains and the collective consciousness.
The combination of this ideology of Good with constant methods of oppression have produced excellent results, calming any rebellious attempt, making the old non-believers just like the new, prefer a million times over to risk their lives escaping, whether it was from the USSR through frozen forests, from the GDR (German Democratic Republic) jumping over the sinister Wall or from Cuba with a rickety raft, which is sometimes full of holes, in a shark infested sea, before rising together and dreaming of change. It’s in very bad taste to fight against what’s Good.
They become powerful with words such as “proletariate” “peasants” “equality” “oppression” “freedom”. Whoever is ready to go up against these deserves to be burned at the same stake as the wrongly-accused medieval witches, offenders in the all-consuming God’s kingdom.
Siren songs on one side of the coin, and the face of reality on the other.