No Remedies, Political Changes / Martha Beatriz Roque Cabello
Posted on October 12, 2013
HAVANA, Cuba, October, www.cubanet.org — Raul Castro has repeated
constantly that errors are the greatest enemy of the Revolution, those
that have been committed and new ones that may be committed.
Nevertheless, he does not speak of the political changes necessary for
correcting those errors, since the so-called reforms are not enough,
particularly because of how slowly they advance.
Such “reforms” have been good only for the discourse abroad, but within
the country they have negative results, from the social and economic
point of view. Income inequalities are more noticeable, and today
begging is significantly increased. The small role they have given to
the private sector does nothing to confront the grave crisis.
Economic reforms require political changes. And although modifying the
Constitution of the Republic has been spoken of superficially, the fact
that the communist party is the superior directing force of society and
the State perpetuates the lack of liberties, installing the government
as all-powerful so that it does not worry about the people’s problems.
Although the regime maintains a policy of centralization of the means of
production, it could think about speeding up some services.
Nevertheless, we are already seeing symptoms of the Nicaraguan style of
“piñata.” And as is natural, the beneficiaries are the high officials of
the army and of the ministry of the interior. The possibility of
creating non-agricultural cooperatives is accompanied by this
characteristic syndrome of regimes in decline.
Those who think that the current situation will end with solutions like
the Mariel Special Development Zone are wrong. Modifying or updating the
economic model is talked about, but you cannot modify something that
does not exist. If they tried to copy what is permitted in China and
Vietnam, they fell short, and the legislation is very far below what
should have been allowed.
The Legal Decree that establishes the Special Development Zone shows
that the regime knows that a profound change towards a market economy is
necessary. Among the objectives it pursues are attracting foreign
investment and creating a logistical system that permits high levels of
efficiency in the import, export and distribution processes. Both areas
behave inefficiently within the Cuban economy.
They may keep taking mediocre measures (including those who propose that
they legalize lottery gambling, as in the early years when the National
Institute of Saving and Housing existed and one could buy lottery
bonds), but that will only contribute to delaying the true change by
some years. Sooner rather than later, the situation of increasing
poverty, the enrichment of a few, and the “piñata” that now is
distributed among those at the top, will defeat the worn out
“construction of socialism.”
A good recommendation would be to stop the suffering of the people and
affect true political, economic and social reform. As a first step, they
should free the political prisoners and stop the harassment and beatings
of dissidents, while leaving aside the false discourse that calls for
strengthening national unity around the Party and the Revolution,
because without doubt the regime knows that, although they continue
prohibiting it, in Cuba there now exists broad ideological diversity.
Martha Beatriz Roque Cabello
From Cubanet, 10 October 2013
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