Cuba’s Opposition and Political ProvincialismSeptember 11, 2012 | | Print |
Yenisel Perez Rodriguez
HAVANA TIMES — Why limit the debate on the political situation in Cuba to the confrontation between the state and civil society. Any confrontation that goes beyond this is often interpreted simplistically.
Those are views that portray the Cuban government as a ferocious and almighty wolf, with the people depicted as the victims of dreadful international communism. It’s something like Little Red Riding Hood bundled up in her torturous little red hood.
If the democratization of access by Cuban society to cyberspace means winning substantial shares of popular political power, rigidity in a linear and narrow critique of state centralism and authoritarianism will restrict such shares of power.
Some people justify themselves citing psychological distress:
- “What do you expect if we’re bound hand and foot.”
- “People are tired and are doing anything they can to change the situation in Cuba.”
“Anything”? That’s the argument that most threatens the political effectiveness of Cuban civic debate over a democratized internet.
I don’t think that those who distance themselves from one or another bloc in the current international cold war can manage to break with their allies when certain democratic goals are achieved in Cuba.
Bilateralism will be fertile political ground for those who want to ensure the political success of their particular interests.
The Cuban right (that bloc that some describe as adherents of the “Cuban liberalism”) is allying with the US government’s international agenda in the same way the government supports are allying with the agendas of the ruling Russian and Chinese governments.
It’s this curse of the midwife, the go-between or the fifth column that has negatively marked Cuba’s political history.
As for the middle, the real interests of Cuban civil society, it is once again finding itself abandoned and left to its fate when faced with the excuse of facilities offered by alliances with the powerful enemy of your oppressor.
But today this legionary strategy of the Cuban right is anchoring itself in an unprecedented level of provincialism.
It is this well-rooted naivety that allows them to adopt the demagoguery of the imperial US-Israeli-EU blockade.
In this way the Cuban political opposition arrives to the Internet, unaware of the struggles of those people who face the same injustices as they do, behaving like sensual cheerleaders for foreign authoritarianism.
In the end we know that these Little Red Riding Hoods end up allowing all kinds of abuse by the government against the woodcutter who kills their wolf, without really caring about the fates of the others.
The right, however, encourages us by announcing that there’s nothing worse than this game of feigning, with the wolf dressed up like the grandma.
Standing before them it might seem impossible to get out of the game without putting a price on this virginity that many of us want to preserve under any government.