Fear and Loathing of civil society in Cuba

From our Bureau of Very Perceptive Essays On Cuba’s Repressive State

You don’t see stuff like this very often.

Pity that such enlightening pieces so often appear in hard-to-find web sites and publications.

From Global Americans (Smart News and Research for Latin America’s Changemakers) and written by Armando Chaguaceda & Claudia Gonzáles Marrero:

The Cuban state’s resistance in allowing identity groups outside of its philosophical and historical claim of collective and unanimous representation became clear again in its reaction to the LGBT+ marches on May 11. The Cuban government’s fundamental and founding principle is expressed in its official political entities: single party, state-sponsored organizations with mass membership, etc. Anything outside those channels is not only not permitted, it is feared.  

Representation of traditional minorities have been absorbed and controlled from above as part of the ideals of emancipation and redistribution brought by the Cuban revolution. Under official state ideology, there should not be a feminist movement beyond the state-run Federation of Cuban Women, or an LGBT+ activist movement outside the official National Center for Sexual Education—which is directed by Mariela Castro, who has clarified that the issues the center promotes in the public sphere form “part of the projects of social justice proposed by the Cuban Revolution.”

The surrender of Cuban society to this form of government and view of governing reinforces the state’s belief that it is the only organ with the capacity to identify and embody group and minority claims based on its own concept of social justice. In this view, any stumbling block or awkward position should be seen as an attack against “el Bien Común,” or the common good.  

Put simply: the Cuban state fears the autonomy of its own citizens.

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