Originally posted by AndrewTB
Does anyone else find the rhetoric frightening?
A lot of people do.
Cuba got “change” in 1959.
DUKE University on Castro
Castro a "rare oratorical virtuosity." - who’s speeches were described as ‘bordering on the magical’ promised major social, economic and political reforms. The major issue was social justice. Castro proved to be a persuasive and moving speaker, and a man who had the affection and support of the population.
From DUKE –SPOOKY information on Castro’s true philosophy of change that he called ‘revolution’.
… collective needs rank higher than individual rights, revolutionary consciousness should motivate not money, selflessness is a positive value greed is not, the state can make rational choices the market is irrational, an underdeveloped country should be more concerned with production rather than consumerism, political needs precede economic rationality, mass political participation is more important than political choice, unity is necessary and superior to a plurality of views, central control is preferable to administrative autonomy, mass mobilization is more important than administrative methods, direct contact with the population by the political leadership is a true measure of democracy, equality and justice takes precedence over individual civil and political rights. It is on the basis of such ranking that decisions have been made, and a new society created.
To get this revolutionary change bad thngs happen when people don’t want to change in Cuba. Again from DUKE university -
If persuasion does not work, then the law, and the mass mobilization of intolerance assures unity through imposed public uniformity.? In such a milieu neither political diversity, nor authenticity or honesty can flourish. Consequently, to question, dissent or oppose revolutionary policies inexorably lead to the charge of treason
watch the video
hmmmmm .... mobilization to intolerance of those who refuse to change.
Edited immediately to fix link.
[edit on 10/22/2008 by FlyersFan]