Thursday, July 28, 2011

An Ingenous Question / Fernando Dámaso

An Ingenous Question / Fernando Dámaso
Fernando Dámaso, Translator: Unstated

Among the authorities and officials serving in the national mass media,
the verb "to recover" is the most used in these times of guidelines and
updating the economic model. It is practically applied to all areas and
activities of the nation, whether of a material or spiritual nature:
everything should be "recovered."

First things first: when something has to be recovered, it means that at
some point it existed and then at another point, for some reason, it
disappeared. Something that never existed can't be recovered. So, when
one speaks of recovering the sugar production, the coffee crop, grains,
rice, minerals, and so on, or mining, the railroad, the fishing fleet,
the merchant marine, et cetera, it is assumed that it existed and
disappeared. This corresponds to material matters.

The same happens with the spiritual. When considering the recovery of
social and labor discipline, good manners, formal education, morality,
civility, correct language, etc., is also accepted that it existed and

If we simplify the problem, which is quite complex, we can conclude that
all these issues, as in any other country, were established and
consolidated over time, from colonial times through the Republic and
into the early years of the sixties until we come to socialism, when
there was a massive collapse. Today, if we listen to the authorities,
everything has to be recovered. It is a true work of giants, that pretty
much everything created in the colonial era and in 56 years of the
Republic does not exist.

It remains a mystery: no one speaks of the causes of this disaster. One
could think that it was due to cyclones, but there have always been
cyclones, drought, but there have always been droughts, heavy rains, but
there have always been heavy rains. Perhaps the blockade (in reality,
the embargo) is responsible, but for more than thirty years, the former
USSR and the rest of the extinct socialist countries subsidized us with
billions in financial aid, in addition to technologies, specialists and
goods. Afterward the support was taken on by the Bolivarian Venezuela up
until today. It is possible that we Cubans are an incapable people, but
during the colonial period and the Republic we proved capable, becoming
an example for Latin America and other countries. In short: there don't
seem to be any causes. Could it be that the model doesn't work? Draw
your own conclusions.

July 4 2011

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