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Communism is supposed to evolve. In the most Darwinian sense possible, it goes little by little along with the changes in the world, in order to survive (and continue killing). When the Iron Curtain fell, it became clear that the hammer and the sickle lost the economic debate between capitalism and Marxism. The machinery set out, then, to accelerate and perfect all that inheritance of the Frankfurt School.
The battle is now cultural. What is impressive is how some systems, which not only did not dispute the terrain but devoured it, have joined the trend.
Behold Castroism, that killing, oppressing, and enslaving machine that has been spreading ruin since the sixties. Who would have thought that, after persecuting homosexuals, they would raise the rainbow flags? The most unusual thing is that they are allowed to do so. That all the LGBT associations and collectives are not making a fuss about the fact that the island that used to be a gay prison is now a sanctuary.
Because the thing is not that Cuba has improved. The thing is that it has adapted to continue oppressing, as the brave activist Antonio Rodiles told me a few days ago. Because now that the world left is the champion of minorities, it is time to sacrifice principles and tradition in order to maintain power. Identity politics are, then, the new face of the Cuban Revolution.
Marisela Castro, Raul’s daughter and a sort of vedette of the chic left, is responsible for it. The European press is drooling over her and she was declared an illustrious visitor in Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay. It does not matter that Cuba was, for decades, a regime that hunted homosexuals. It persecuted them, expelled them or put them in concentration camps and forced labor and used very refined and Dantesque practices of social engineering confined thousands to ostracism, slavery or jail. It took almost two decades for the Cuban regime to decriminalize homosexuality and even so, Reinaldo Arenes is an example that Castrismo kills you for being gay even far from Cuba.
Yet this does not matter. Now in Cuba there can be a march for homosexual pride, the nomenklatura of the regime in colorful floats and Europe applauds. Because Cuba is allowed to do everything: persecute homosexuals in the seventies and eighties, shoot dissidents, enslave its population, traffic in doctors, subjugate and invade other countries; and, of course, embrace the causes of minorities.
Several kilometers south of the island the greatest contrast is evidence of how the Cuban Revolution mutates in some spaces, but in others, it retakes the tradition. In Peru, the most dogmatic and retrograde communism won the presidency with Pedro Castillo. The Leninist Castroism atin America had already left behind is back. Expropriations, price controls, full control of the economy, subsidies, class struggle, and limitations of individual liberties -in discordance with progressive currents. Based on this rhetoric, Pedro Castillo won the support of more than half of the Peruvians who voted.
The candidate of the Sao Paulo Forum, the great Castrista machinery, will march towards the House of Pizarro. And he does not win by embracing identity politics. Pedro Castillo represents, without a doubt, the Cuban revolution in its first stage, where class struggle and anti-capitalism are banners.
Cuba starts to subscribe to progressive tendencies while the far left is imposing its extreme, stale, and dogmatic left, which leaves one, clear, and unquestionable lesson: the Cuban Revolution is still alive. It is still there and will continue, for a long time to come, accommodating, twisting, or retaking its tradition. It will do whatever it takes to survive because its project is continental and for the long run.
Orlando Avendaño is the co-editor-in-chief of El American. He is a Venezuelan journalist and has studies in the History of Venezuela. He is the author of the book Days of submission // Orlando Avendaño es el co-editor en Jefe de El American. Es periodista venezolano y cuenta con estudios en Historia de Venezuela. Es autor del libro Días de sumisión.