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Cuba-Disneyland and Its Leftist Pimps

Cuba-Disneyland and Its Leftist Pimps / 14ymedio, Isaac Nahon Serfaty

14ymedio, Isaac Nahon Serfaty, 10 May 2016 — Cuba is now the Disneyland
of the fashion show business. The list of celebrities who go to the
island as almost archeological tourists is growing every day. The Mummy
Stones, the Lagerfield effigy, and the inevitable voluptuous Kardashion
have made their Havana pilgrimage. From Miami comes a cruise ship
acclaimed by local enthusiasts. The gringos, like the expected Mr.
Marshall from Garcia Berlanga’s film, wander along the Malecon and enjoy
their mojitos. Fascinated, they discover a theme park populated by
dilapidated American sedans, Old Havana with its architectural gems both
restored and in ruins, and a people hungry for change. All this under
the admiring acclaim of Western media fascinated by a supposed “opening”
in the Pearl of the Caribbean.

It is worth the exercise of historic imagination to show the
inconsistency of the liberal politicians and the enthusiastic
journalists. Let’s consider, for example, that some legendary rockers, a
fashion designer and an exemplar of the “beautiful people” had decided
to visit Chile in the times of Pinochet to celebrate the economic
opening implemented by the dictator at the hands of his neoliberal
technocrats.

It is not difficult to imagine the reaction, fully justified, of leftist
intellectuals and politicians: “What barbarity to endorse the bloody
dictator!” “We must reject this propaganda maneuver of Yankee
imperialism!” “Enough with the manipulation to conquer the fragile minds
of our people, poor victims of industrial culture!” “Let’s boycott
the music, clothes and porno photos of these agents of imperialism!” And
so we could continue with variations on the same manifestations of
indignation.

However, when this happens in the Cuba controlled by the monarchical
Castro dictatorship, everything is all parties and laughter. Who gives a
crap if the repression against political dissidents continues? Who cares
if the regime’s propaganda machinery continues to vomit its
hollow slogans while it limits freedom of expression? Who worries about
the refugees escaping the island for the United States (via Costa Rica,
for example), before Obama, or whoever succeeds him, eliminates the
privilege of the Cuban Adjustment Act? Who denounces the military
nomenklatura that controls the state enterprises, collecting bribes and
preparing the terrain for an economic opening in the style of savage
capitalism?

The hypocrisy of the leftist pimps has annulled their critical capacity.
They is not capable of digesting that in their breast there is too much
corruption (so says Lula); that with the excuse of the liberation of the
people they proclaim a discourse of anti-Semitic hatred (as some in the
British Labour Party say); with the alibi of the struggle against
injustice and inequality they mount a new class of privileged cynics (so
say the “bolichicos”—the young and politically connected Venezuelan
entrepreneurs—of Chavism).

Carlos Rangel, a Venezuelan writer prematurely disappeared and despised
by this left, in the seventies drew the portrait of that intellectual
misery that idealizes the myth of the “good revolutionary.” Myths are
not only symbolic resources. They are instruments to legitimize
interests and businesses, like those now being cooked up in Cuba-Disneyland.

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Editor ‘s note: Isaac Nahon Serfaty is professor at the University of
Ottawa (Canada). This text has been published in the Spanish
newspaper El País and is reproduced here with the author’s consent.

Source: Cuba-Disneyland and Its Leftist Pimps / 14ymedio, Isaac Nahon
Serfaty – Translating Cuba –
translatingcuba.com/cuba-disneyland-and-its-leftist-pimps-14ymedio-isaac-nahon-serfaty/

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