I don’t normally suggest that my friends taste food that made me sick, but I’m passing this article on to you anyway.
This article at The Nation is a glowing tribute to C. Wright Mills, praising his prescience in realizing that all Cuba needs to be a true heaven on earth is the success of the revolution as pushed by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara. The only block to achieving this paradise is . . . yes, you guessed it! The USA.
The propaganda gushes out in the last two paragraphs:
From the time when Mills came to visit us, Cuba has lived a dramatic life with successes as well as failures. Alone and abandoned by all after the USSR disappeared, it had to heroically resist some very hard and difficult years during which the United States intensified its economic and political aggression. Today Cuba forges a path to craft its own unique socialist system, rooted on its own historical experience and with the active participation of its people. Social movements are transforming Latin America, with several countries putting into practice new, diverse and multicolored forms of socialism.
Mills’s prophetic vision is becoming a reality. Indeed, now we have many things to talk about. We are waiting for him.
Summary: Cuba is “heroic” for resisting the “aggressive” United States. It is moving towards socialism (you mean, it’s not already there?) with the “active participation of its people” (i.e., if you’re not on board, you’d better watch your back because Fidel’s goons are going to thwack you). And this socialism is “new, diverse and multicolored” (buzzwords for the American audience, who know that these are all synonyms for “GOOD”).
And note this about the author:
Ricardo Alarcón has been the President of the National Assembly of Cuba since 1993. He has also served as Foreign Minister and as Permanent Representative of Cuba to the United Nations.
The man is perfectly objective. If Cubans really lived under a totalitarian regime that denied them all freedoms and jailed journalists who wrote against it, he would have told us so.