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