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    To the Outraged / Lilianne Ruíz

    To the Outraged / Lilianne Ruíz
    Lilianne Ruíz, Translator: Unstated

    I understand that Western countries, where the government emerges from a
    multi-party democracy, must have their problems. Here the scriptwriters
    of any news report broadcast are very pleased when they comment on
    (because they almost never let you hear the voices of the international
    reporters) the news about the protests of the Outraged, Spanish
    students, or Americans. They try to make Cuban television viewers see
    that these people are protesting to get something similar to what the
    Cuban Revolution represents.

    I wish I could tell these people that you do well to struggle but don't
    be mistaken in your paths. Because you don't know what a government of
    the extreme left is. Historically the socialist parties of the left have
    tried to claim that they want to satisfy the demands of the "poor." They
    have lifted up the discontented multitudes, the unsatisfied, and have
    manipulated them until they manage to establish a dictatorship of the State.

    What these States and their Councils shelter are not beings more
    virtuous than those politicians with capital. They are worse, because
    capitalist politicians have to respect the Law, a Law that is above
    political parties.

    Here they aired a documentary by Michael Moore — with the evil smiles of
    those panelists on the Roundtable TV show — where the U.S. filmmaker
    denounced the occasion on which, in his country, capitalism had
    conquered democracy. One can see well that Michael Moore hasn't mutated
    in the cauldron of any totalitarianism, that fear has not paralyzed him.

    In dictatorships of the left a very complex phenomenon is produced which
    effectively verifies a mutation of human nature. We no longer hear
    authentic protests because hereafter they are organized by the
    government. All real dialog between citizens and leaders is suspended,
    there is only a sea of human automatons, hungry, unhappy, but incapable
    of protest.

    Instead of protesting people turn to theft, fraud, prostitution, doing
    harm to those closest to them (I have a friend I enjoy who, in 1995,
    received a hammer blow to the head before his bike was snatched). But in
    every neighborhood there will be a "CDR" — a Committee for the Defense
    of the Revolution — which is no longer a real community but simply a
    form of vigilant coexistence, with political priority, among the same
    mutants who at times give the impression of… even of harmony.

    Because, here also, the immense concentration camp is guarded by the
    prisoners themselves. It's a mixture of confusion, fear, submission,
    simulation and, ultimately, there are also people who get satisfaction
    from being agents of power, who have to clip the wings of conscience of
    the whole world, and who, bribed with very little, will spread fear.

    Almost always in this model of government a leader appears — my courage
    does not stretch to citing anyone in particular, it's too terrible, but
    I can cite the now inoffensive metaphors of Lenin, Stalin — and the
    people, dispossessed, forgotten, without access to education or medical
    care, celebrate a betrothal, a wedding and a honeymoon with that leader.

    The first heads that rise are cut off, with impassioned cries and thus,
    the complicity of the masses. There are not a few heads, they don't have
    to be only oligarchs or landlords or capitalists, they can be humble
    people who in their time supported the Revolution and so they themselves
    would see up close what was afoot.

    Little by little, in exchange for literacy campaigns, urban reforms,
    expropriations of business owners, and many many subsidies, the people
    will let the leader consolidate the tyranny of his whims and desires;
    because it will irresponsibly be confirmed that this leader had been
    believed in his leftist ego: that only one man could always see the
    light to know what is good for millions.

    That caudillo's pride not only expropriates others' wealth, it also robs
    them of the responsibility with which freedom is achieved. (All this can
    be proven in each and every one of the totalitarian states, because
    fortunately social phenomena show the laws of dynamics of strength
    within them.)

    The biggest beneficiary in this social marriage is charged with
    abolishing the law that would revoke it. In that goodwill of
    responsibility there is one who emerges with the responsibility for
    everyone, but he no longer has to answer to anyone because without
    freedom we cease to exist as persons, so it is even logical that a
    leader doesn't see us.

    So each day freedom of expression will become more dangerous because we
    would begin to exist, but he will make people believe that the oligarchs
    are in collusion with foreign powers and that this is what makes
    uniformity of thought necessary. That is, he denies that this same
    people is the author of rebellion, its brain is must be following another.

    There will be a campaign, as repetitive as the ideology, that says the
    dissidents and opponents don't represent themselves when they protest
    against the absolute power that oppresses, abuses, impoverishes, denies;
    and that, they see it well: it would seem that the lack of rights is
    legitimate for people forced to rebel against tyranny, but as they have
    demonized any rebellion that is not theirs, the tyrants crush peaceful
    opponents who only protest with their voices, with their opinions, with
    their signs, after accusing them before "the people" (who again license
    the tyranny to do what it wants), of being "mercenaries."

    Here I have to take a break because I must clarify that I also believe
    that civil and peaceful resistance is the best way not to fall into a

    But I remember, in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in the
    preamble, the first and third points: "Whereas recognition of the
    inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members
    of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in
    the world"; "Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to
    have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and
    oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law"…

    This might have been, and it was not about rebellion, but about rights
    under the law, the defense of the 75 arrested in the 2003 Black Spring.
    But the defenders of socialist Law, the prosecutors and commissioners of
    "the people," consider that this artificial paradise of totalitarian
    positivism that ends up being total negativism, is the maximum that can
    be achieved and that the "New Man" has renounced the Declaration of
    Human Rights in those 30 articles. Here we see that those in their
    Interior Ministry uniforms even seem human and "decent."

    My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? The political prisoners and
    the closed political prisons will appear. Perhaps they will not be
    tortured a la Batista or Pinochet; they will be tortured a la Stalin
    with scientific methods, that do not always kill but that annihilate
    human beings with the intention of making them feel they are dogs
    without rights and to doubt their reasons for being opponents of the
    dictatorship of "the workers."

    They will be handed over to the gendarmes, who come from such humble
    people, turned into fanatics by the leader and having cultivated a deep
    hatred for the dissidence, and to them they will leave the dirty work of
    torture in multiple ways every day, because the authors of the nightmare
    will never again show their faces and the humble people will begin to
    say, "the caudillo knew nothing of this, if the caudillo knew…"

    It is a complex phenomenon, which fortunately has been studied, often by
    those who suffered it. And it definitely sows terror in the minds of
    everyone, so we are immobilized and cease to exist. No one knows until
    we show up, tripling the responsibility and waiting on God for the end
    of these times.

    This is not what we have done, like Guernica; they have done it. And
    like verse 23 of chapter 18 of the Gospel of John: If I have spoken
    evil, bear witness of the evil: but if well, why dost thou smite me?

    I would like one of the Outraged to read me so I can tell him that I
    respect any protest because I know what it means to have no power, even
    to protest. But never be fooled by any leader nor by any Communist. We
    must seek happiness but the price can never be freedom.

    March 20 2012

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