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The Real “Achievements” / Fernando Dámaso

The Real "Achievements" / Fernando Dámaso

Fernando Dámaso, Translator: Maria Montoto

More than half a century ago, when the model was implanted in our

country, its later promotion was achieved on a base of present

sacrifices (all former governments had been very bad) and a luminous

future (the new government would be very good). Sooner rather than

later, the horizon of promised happiness and well-being for which to

aim, started getting further until, between speeches and new promises,

like kites when their string is cut, it flew away in the wind.

Today, if there really are any, few are those who truly believe in it,

the majority of citizens weary of surviving (by whatever means!) in the

present, forgetful of the future. Since this is a dangerous situation,

the authorities unable to offer material incentives, have opted to offer

moral ones. Therefore, in speeches and the media, are repeated ad

nauseam, as primary achievements of the model: maintaining independence,

sovereignty and national identity, to create an internationalist

sentiment among citizens, having elevated patriotism and strengthened

the ability of resistance in the face of adversities. In support of this

new promotion, paradigms are created, inflating pre-fabricated heroes,

as if they were aerostatic balloons, and placing them in the national

firmament, as examples to be followed by present and future generations.

If we weigh objectively the achievements of this model in this more than

half a century, we should not leave out, among others: the destruction

of agriculture and stockbreeding, the dismantling of urban, highway and

railway transportation systems, the constant shortage of food and

general use products, the power black-outs, the double currency, the

double moral standards, the deficient citizen education, the increase in

domestic and social violence, the deterioration of housing, the

disorganization of commercial networks, the disappearance of industries,

the censure, the repression of difference, the prohibition of free

travel, etcetera.

These achievements are due, not to the existence of the embargo, but to

the incapacity of the model of preserving that which was attained in

fifty-six years of the Republic, to develop it and make the country move

forward, resolving the problems still in existence, the main reason for

the struggle and sacrifices of the majority of the Cuban people.

The path chosen (making tabula rasa of all that came before and building

over its ruins the new society) failed spectacularly. It constituted a

mistake and a costly historical error, of which, until now, no one has

taken responsibility, trying with silence to make believe they never


It is a shame that in the various biographical books, anecdotes, memoirs

and interviews published, only the so-called heroic events are

described, there exists not a single line dedicated to these

achievements, nor the reasons that motivated them, which could be

interesting to present and future generations, with the objective of

never again repeating them.

Translated by: Maria Montoto

June 15 2012

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