Dissection of a Tyranny (Part I)
By Jose Luis Garcia Paneque
I am a doctor by profession, but I ask my readers not to worry, for I am not attempting to take the scalpel to perform plastic surgery on the ruling dictatorship in Cuba. It would be an impossible task and it would leave me very frustrated. I also do not wish to hold a philosophy conference.
I will attempt to return to my stage as a student and will perform an ANATOMICAL DISSECTION on the modus operandi of the Cuban regime, based on the postulates of Saint Thomas of Aquinas (1224-1274) in regards to the maintenance of dictatorships. Although this is based on a thesis which was formulated more than 7 centuries ago, the reality is that with the passing of time, dictators have adapted it to their own circumstances , but the essence of it has not changed.
I can only hope that future generations will only have to study this as a historic event and not as a reality in practice.
For the sustenance of a tyranny, Saint Thomas presented us with 9 different postulates. In the same number of posts, we will try to compare these postulates with the actions of the Cuban dictatorship throughout the past 52 years.
1. For the maintenance of tyranny, it is very important to execute those who are most rich and powerful, for these people are the ones who can confront the Tyrant thanks to the authority they possess.
We must recall how an important amount of the most creative and productive sector of Cubans were shoved into exile from the beginning of the so-called “Revolution”. For the “revolutionaries”, it became a sin to possess any sort of wealth. The new regime contaminated the Cuban people with the first germs of hate and resentment against any person who was an entrepreneur, which was converted into a word synonymous of a “bourgeois who exploited the grand proletariat masses”.
During the radicalization of this process, known as “Revolutionary Offensive” of 1968, not only were the principal means of production and services confiscated, but so too were even the most miserable of small businesses, under the fallacy that the extreme socialization of all goods was to give it to the deserving masses. With the nationalization of all economic life, any sign of prosperity among the population was slaughtered. The objective was beyond clear: “kill the most rich and prosperous”, but not in the medieval style. Instead, they opted for “social death”. Upon converting the prosperous into poor, and the poor into miserable, Fidel Castro’s regime assassinated any possibility of personal autonomy and assured a total social dependency on the government structures. The final nail on the coffin was the establishment of the Rationing Card, which has now resulted to be untenable in their quest to dominate the country.
But tyrannies don’t limit themselves to only one front of action to assure their existence. In the following post, we will compare another one of the postulates of Saint Thomas of Aquinas in regards to the methods applied by the Castro elite.