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    Ideology, Ideologues, Ideologize / Fernando Dámaso
    Fernando Dámaso, Translator: Unstated

    Any respected scholar of philosophy, dedicates preferential attention to
    his ideology, that is, the set of his own ideas. The ideologue is the
    same, but with absurd and preposterous ideas: therefore, it consists of
    a set of anti-ideas, which are intended to provide a multipurpose drug
    for the evils facing the world and, it is affirmed, provide a complete cure.

    An ideology needs ideologues to provide a base and make the ideology
    known to the exploited masses, ensuring its understanding and
    acceptance, creating a battle flag. The work of ideologues will not be
    successful without the creation of the ideologized, which constitute the
    main purpose and goal of their efforts.

    This triad (Ideology, Ideologues, Ideologize) — it seems like a tongue
    twister — is easy to find in Cuban society. The model is ready and has
    all the elements for its existence and development: control of media,
    agencies and institutions and political and social organizations formed
    for this purpose and, most importantly, a population devoid of
    instruments granted to civility in any moderately democratic system.
    Thus, we find many examples, past and present, to prove it conclusively.

    The failed Ten Million Ton Harvest, Converting Setbacks into Victory,
    the Battle of Ideas, the Fight to Control the Aedes Aegypti Mosquito and
    the Liberation of the Five, in addition to their economic, political,
    social, health, family and other types of reasons, have had and have a
    high ideological component, both to convince citizens that they could
    achieve something that was material and objectively impossible, and to
    maintain the ideologization achieved withsamurai machetes that go, go,
    go in the first two examples.

    In the third, it was about filling with ideas the real vacuum created by
    the collapse of the socialist camp, and with it, dealing with the
    economic underpinning of the deteriorating Cuban economy, unable to
    afford even the minimum necessary to feed its poor population.

    In the fourth, which has now lasted for over thirty years without
    tangible results, with its ineffective measures, applied over and over
    again, with a stubbornness worthy of psychiatric studies.

    In the fifth, it is more of the same, present even in the soup, with the
    aggravating circumstance including not only the adult population, but
    even children, something rejected and condemned by UNESCO, but their
    representatives here have not yet been warned.

    These are just some random examples: there are many more. Although
    ideologization, applied for over fifty years, has affected much of the
    population, polluting society with the virus and the inertia,and the
    letting things go, waiting for better times, it has not been the case
    with all its components.

    Today, more and more voices are raised rejecting it and demanding the
    full exercise of citizenship rights and the necessary changes: the
    emergence of a civil society in the face of an exhausted discourse and
    also worn out speakers.

    It is true that it is still very weak and has only begun to crawl, but
    hopefully, by natural law, sooner or later it will stand up and begin to
    take its first steps. All, without exception of any kind or political
    intolerance, we must help to walk.

    March 6 2012

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