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Structure of Class and Power

Structure of Class and Power / Mackandal – Manuel Aguirre Lavarrere

Mackandal – Manuel Aguirre Lavarrere, Translator: Chabeli

In the early years of the Revolution, the state shook the tree, as they

used to say back then, but it left some rotten fruits that have

germinated and that today defecate on its face.

In the last two decades, there has been a mind set shift in a negative

way. Profit, individualism, selfishness, along with racism are social

illnesses that even when they were apparently dormant caused damage.

Today, these social illnesses are free, with plenty of space within the

social fabric and a significant power. They have succeeded and will

bring, in a short period of time, the absolute exclusion of blacks and


This is happening as a result of the many intellectuals that stare at

these issues, without daring to speak up about them with clarity. This

shows the high levels of self-censorship and fear that exist within the

top ranked Cuban intellectuals.

In Cuba, the Revolution betrayed itself, and it turned into a frustrated

phenomenon of social transformation. The hopes and the democratic

desires were betrayed by the triumphalism that took the ideals of José

Martí and Maceo regarding their vision of a Nation and turned them into

dust. Ideology must not be imposed and all races must be fully engaged

in the political and social life of the nation.

The Revolution is a traitor to itself. By displacing the previous

oligarchy and racist class, it formed the socialism's bourgeois elite.

The acceptance required to fully engage in the political and social life

of the nation is given by the individual's level of ideological and

political commitment to the current government and by the color of the

skin. There are three key sectors which are the high ruling class and

its ramifications like the repressive bodies and the military

bureaucracy, formed by managers and other economically powerful positions.

They live in the living spaces that they expropriated from the bourgeois

who were displaced by force. Today, according to their ranks, they

reside in exclusive neighborhoods where, in many cases, pedestrian

access is prohibited to citizens. What has changed? The answer is

obvious: everything has changed so that nothing can be changed.

Even more important than those changes in the structural framework are

the impacts that they have had within society and on the collective

mentality. That's what the regime fears, because the changes that took

place in Cuba were brought by force and imposition. They took advantage

of the circumstances and populist character of the moment, and the high

degree of illiteracy in the population, to hold their ideas above all

others, forgetting their commitment to equality and freedom, with the

people and with their companions in the struggle. This, in turn, left

out many of those rebels from the struggle who clearly saw the betrayal

to the Cuban people and to all the promises, and ended up in prison or

in the hands of the firing squads.

The regime fears the psychological rearrangement of a nation that has

lived the ebb and flow of a regime that ruled unilaterally for more than

15 years by decrees, until it could design a constitution according to

its convenience, a regime in which today, as always, the new class with

its sadistic lust for power, promotes structures of entrenchment over

the true will of the people.

Published by Primavera Digital, 2012/05/10, No.219

Translated by Chabeli


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