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12 figures reflect on the last 60 years

'There is absolutely nothing salvageable from the Castro period'

Néstor Díaz de Villegas, writer.


Can we still talk about "Revolution" in Cuba?

To think the Revolution as an event featuring an ending is the first revolutionary ruse. There can be no "final moment" in the Revolution because it is itself "the End": we would, then, be speaking of the "end of the end," or of a tautological end of the world of the end. Instead, in L'Ordre et le Désordre, Maurras refers to an end comprising "any non-anarchic state, everything that does not resemble the political life of revolutionary France [or Cuba] of the last century, all stable happiness and all lasting achievements, revealing a period of concluded struggle, crowned by some natural scale of superiority and inferiority." In our case, that happy ending has not yet arrived.

The same finalist fallacy can be found in the theories of the new historians, who place the memento mori in the different phases of institutionalization dictated by Party congresses. Such a mistake can only be the result of the lensing effect produced by the 1980s, followed by the Special Period, in the perspectives of those born during the first revolutionary decade.

What should be salvaged from the revolutionary period?

There is absolutely nothing salvageable from the Castro period. If we believed that "education and health" are essential, we would be obliged to justify the catastrophe on which these supposed "advances" are based. The idea of progress, in relation to Castroism, is the result of an operation of historical diversionism. For us, "prosperity" (pro-sperare) is part of the counterfactual reality, another aspect of what could-have-been.

How would you describe what Cuba is going through today?

On his third trip, Gulliver reached an island hovering above another island, a floating realm called Laputa. The current state of Cuba is "Laputian." The island below enjoys freedom, generates wealth, exchanges information, organizes itself in political parties, condemns dictatorship, rejects censorship, etc., while Laputa coexists in a parallel dystopian state. Laputa is not real: if untethered from the El Paquete media package, mobile phone recharges and remittances, it will drift away, condemned to obsolescence.


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