Bad Handwriting in La Joven Cuba / Regina Coyula
Regina Coyula, Translator: Unstated
My weekly greeting. Comment for Harold on his work on the Social Contract.
The theme is very interesting: The State's promises of a better future
created expectation in Cuban society and most took on the challenge,
ready to do their part (which is nothing more than their share in the
The State has failed though it has talked of a subsidized state,
something absolutely debatable. Society has responded in a more or less
conscious way with successive violations of which I can only offer some
examples: Insufficient salaries, embezzlement and "diversion of
resources," insufficient delivery of food rations and high prices in the
free markets and in hard currency, the black market, inadequate and
poorly functioning transport, poor quality education, bribery and the
buying of grades and degrees.
It would not be an exaggeration to say that on the one hand they have
decided to put it aside in view of the fact that the State has not
fulfilled its obligations under the pact.
The apathy of those who should be running this race is a result of the
years of putting the cart before the horse, that being the cart of
politics and the horse of the economy. In our country they have tried to
subordinate economic laws to political interests.
They didn't pay much attention during the era of Soviet subsidies, but
the country's leadership should have learned the lesson of the Special
Period, but the Venezuelan oil subsidies appeared and they stumbled
again over the same well-known stones.
No Cuban needs an outside instigator to be aware of the economic failure
and social crisis; the more damage that a youth that "doesn't take on
the struggle" does to Cuba, the more damage is done by the drain of
young people who believe that only by emigration can they have any hope
of personal success, and I say this although I see nothing terrible in
conceiving the world as a global village. One of the things we tried to
inculcate more than patriotism was jingoism, with the natural rejection
of the brace.
The cycle of historical processes is uneven. Socialism lasted 70 years
in the USSR, and managed to convert a feudal society into an
industrialized one; in Cuba where the economy has taken the fall,
socialism is maintained by firm control of power by the same leadership
that made the revolution against Batista.
There are young people who will make another revolution of which you
speak, whose always restless nature will lead them to find their own
paths and not those marked in advance as if they were in an arranged
marriage since childhood. And it won't take 70 years. Then they will
introduce new forms of social compact.
April 7 2011