Absurd Reasons

I have often questioned the existence of a single party. I think it’s exclusive, unnatural, and directly undermines the very nature of human beings. It is very difficult to find absolute coincidence of views between different people. It does not happen in the family nor in other groupings such as the block, neighborhood, municipality, province and even less in the country. Tastes differ, in music, literature, sports, arts, fashion, food, morals, etc., as in politics. To pretend that all citizens of a country accept a single vision of society, and are subject to an organization that claims to represent it, prohibiting the existence of others, is absurd.

Human beings, throughout history, have created political organizations in accordance with their common interests. So within a country and in every society, there are different ones, which may be as many as they require by their own characteristics. The existence of these is what has allowed the development and progress achieved. Where one-party systems have been implemented, they have failed. We are a good example.

José Martí is said to have created a single party. It’s true: he would had been mad if he had created more than one. No politician creates several parties: he creates only one considered to represent his own ideas. Marti created his party, but did not prohibit the existence of others, rather he competed with them in the realm of ideas, as did those who were alive in his time. The Cuban Revolutionary Party did not appoint itself the only party. Marti’s task was to unite Cubans struggling for independence, despite their differences. That was his political goal. Also he never proposed that, following independence (his reason for being), it would serve as the single party of the Republic. Its democratic ideals did not allow that.

Speaking today to a single party, and even more so to try to keep it and keep it holy for now and forever in an article of the Constitution, is as absurd as when it was established. A totalitarian aberration with no historical or logical foundation, whose sole purpose is the retention of absolute power indefinitely. The fractional Cuban nation, in need of new ideas, does not support it, especially when in the opinion of citizens  the only party existing for over fifty years is exhausted both in power, and because of its many mistakes and failures and their demonstrated inability to conduct the country’s destiny, and is no longer worthy of trust.

If they are really serious about trying to find a solution to the current crisis, in addition to the proposed timid economic measures, they must take the political bull by the horns and open it to real citizen participation, allowing the creation of political organizations, the full exercise of opinion and participation for all Cubans, without arbitrary exclusions, in the political debate and in solutions, both economic and political. The nation belongs to all and not just to one group, however historic they may be.

June 16 2011

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One Response to Absurd Reasons

  1. Tallulah says:

    Bravo, Fernando!

    And, most important, Cubans need access to all the literature on history and economics from the outside world that has been denied to them during Castro’s reign.

    For instance, there is much to learn about alternative economic systems. Former socialist countries do not have experience with the institutions and the knowledge that the capitalist countries have developed over the years. Furthermore, the capitalist countries have been doing damage to their free-market systems over several decades. So to simply *copy* them would be a mistake. What Cubans need is an unhampered access to information, and a healthy, vigorous, serious debate informed by that information (as you clearly know).

    The floodgates of information needs to open for Cuba, and the Cuban people have to examine that information seriously and carefully, and to move ahead with the understanding that in order to get to a better system they are going to have to endure errors and corrections. But that is simply the only way towards improvement and success.

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