Anarchism as a political and social solution has many enemies. Its fiercest opponents, however, are those authoritarian regimes who, distorting and subverting the ideas of socialism, have promoted themselves historically as embodying the values of liberty, equality and fraternity. In every situation, state capitalist governments, in line with the secularization of religious thought, have infanticised and divided the conflict between “believers”— those who support them, and “heretics” — those who oppose them.
In this alleged confrontation between the two models (in religious terms the struggle of “good” against “evil”) authoritarian states demand the committed support of all revolutionaries to jointly confront the forces of reaction.
As the increasingly cynical spin of its supposed “socialism” in the direction of capitalism picks up speed, the Castroist Party-State has revived its policy of diatribe and intimidation vis a vis the groups and individuals who denounce this spin in the name of a more authentic socialism, a socialism plus freedom, a self-managing socialism.
Not that this has come as a surprise. We knew the real intentions of those who govern in Cuba, what the bureaucratic oligarchy was and is after with the economicist reformism imposed by the Cuban Communist Party (PCC) through the “Economic and Social Policy Guidelines” (Lineamientos de Politica Economica y Social/LPES). One did not need to be clairvoyant: how it conducted itself made it very plain what it was after: justifying flexibility in the labour market (capitalism’s classic response to crisis) so as to “tidy up” the books of the State-Enterprise and cling to a monopoly on power. We knew that: but that does not in any way make us any the less outraged to see, yet again, what lies behind the conceptual ambiguities of the Castroist discourse designed to cover up the harsh reality of its so-called “perfection of socialism.” Or by the cavalier way in which all who dare criticise and expose such brazenly anti-socialist and counter-revolutionary behaviour are disowned and intimidated. PDF and ISSUU
The Death of a Bureaucrat (1966) is a difficult-to-find film made by one of Cuba’s most famous Directors, Tomás Gutiérrez Alea. It tells the story of a young man’s attempts to confront bureaucracy and red tape. When a well loved sculptor is accidentally killed by the machine he created to mass-produce busts of nineteenth-century revolutionary hero José Martí, his family decides he should be buried gripping his union work permit (Carnet card) as a symbol of his dedication to Castro’s cause. Unfortunately, when his wife goes to receive her pension, the paperwork cannot be completed without her dead husband’s work permit. Distraught, she enlists her nephew to exhume the body and so begins a maddening paper trail that ends in a hilarious climax exposing the insanity of bureaucracy. A mixture of slapstick comedy and paranoid nightmare. See FILMS
Sabemos que en todos los países los gobiernos tienen servicios de policía política para vigilar a la ciudadanía e intervenir en casos de real o supuesta subversión del régimen vigente. Inclusive en los que se proclaman “democráticos”. Que la diferencia, entre los que actúan dictatorialmente y los que son coherentes con sus proclamas democráticas, es que en éstos se respetan los derechos humanos fundamentales y en los otros no. Es decir: que, independientemente de las ideas políticas que profesen, todos los ciudadanos pueden disfrutar por lo menos del derecho a la libertad de opinión, de expresión y de reunión. Esto no era así en Cuba desde hace más de cinco décadas y sigue siéndolo aún hoy, pese a las expectativas que algunos tenían puestas en la celebración del VI Congreso del Partido Comunista de Cuba (PCC).
See also FILMS: Cuba – Memoria Sindical