Fidel Castro and his opposition to Individual freedoms   1 comment


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In the early 1960’s after The Bay of Pigs invasion which failed, the Integrated Revolutionary Organizations (Organizaciones Revolucionarias Integradas – ORI), began shaping Cuba using the Soviet model, persecuting political opponents and perceived social deviants such as prostitutes and homosexuals; Castro considered same-sex sexual activity a bourgeois trait. Gay men were forced into the Military Units to Aid Production (Unidades Militares de Ayuda a la Producción – UMAP); after many revolutionary intellectuals decried this move, the UMAP camps were closed in 1967, although gay men continued to be imprisoned. In 2010, Castro took responsibility for this persecution, regretting it as a “great injustice”. By 1962, Cuba’s economy was in steep decline, a result of poor economic management and low productivity coupled with the U.S. trade embargo. Food shortages led to rationing, resulting in protests in Cárdenas. Security reports indicated that many Cubans associated austerity with the “Old Communists” of the PSP, while Castro considered a number of them – namely Aníbal Escalante and Blas Roca – unduly loyal to Moscow. In March 1962 Castro removed the most prominent “Old Communists” from office, labelling them “sectarian”. On a personal level, Castro was increasingly lonely, and his relations with Guevara became strained as the latter became increasingly anti-Soviet and pro-Chinese.

Castro’s increasing role on the world stage strained his relationship with the USSR, now under the leadership of Leonid Brezhnev. Asserting Cuba’s independence, Castro refused to sign the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, declaring it a Soviet-U.S. attempt to dominate the Third World. Diverting from Soviet Marxist doctrine, he suggested that Cuban society could evolve straight to pure communism rather than gradually progress through various stages of socialism. In turn, the Soviet-loyalist Aníbal Escalante began organizing a government network of opposition to Castro, though in January 1968, he and his supporters were arrested for allegedly passing state secrets to Moscow. However, recognising Cuba’s economic dependence on the Soviets, Castro relented to Brezhnev’s pressure to be obedient, and in August 1968 he denounced the leaders of the Prague Spring and praised the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia. Influenced by China’s Great Leap Forward, in 1968 Castro proclaimed a Great Revolutionary Offensive, closing all remaining privately owned shops and businesses and denouncing their owners as capitalist counter-revolutionaries. The severe lack of consumer goods for purchase led productivity to decline, as large sectors of the population felt little incentive to work hard. This was exacerbated by the perception that a revolutionary elite had emerged consisting of those connected to the administration; they had access to better housing, private transportation, servants, and the ability to purchase luxury goods abroad.

The man had no compunctions when it came to brutality and oppression for the sake of the Revolucion.

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Posted November 27, 2016 by markosun in Geopolitics

One response to “Fidel Castro and his opposition to Individual freedoms

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  1. I’m not sure what the beef is ……this was a man who thought for himself and for his country. Mistakes, who hasn’t made them . Fact of the matter, he learned and owned up to his.

    ” In 2010, Castro took responsibility for this persecution, regretting it as a “great injustice”

    1962 Castro removed the most prominent “Old Communists” from office, labeling them “sectarian”

    “Castro refused to sign the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, declaring it a Soviet-U.S. attempt to dominate the Third World”

    “he suggested that Cuban society could evolve straight to pure communism rather than gradually progress through various stages of socialism”

    No one is perfect. This was a man framed by his environment. A man who saw his country raped and plundered by multinationals. A man who tried through the court system to deal with a leech sucking his people dry. A man who had the guts to fight for what he believed in.

    Love him or hate him, you have to recognize he fought for his beliefs. All it would have taken is for the Americans to have worked with him. They didn’t . They pushed. They tried to kill him……why, all because American Capitalism ( which failed miserably in 2008 ) deems a Communist ideology to be somehow unjust.

    Pfff…..imagine ….50 years of embargos against a tiny little island ( while fat cats sip on Cuban rum and puff Cuban cigars )…China should just annex the island as a protected province…let the Chinese offer hope to Cubans….Americans just what to pillage.

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