Death of a Dictator

A few days ago I blogged about the demise of Fidel Castro and how my Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, praised him in a speech. Here’s a well balanced and interesting post I found that I think you might enjoy.

Sharp and Pointed

Fidel Castro

by Chaz Bufe, publisher See Sharp Press

It’s time to speak ill of the dead.  It’s been time for nearly a century. Since 1919, the left in both the U.S. and Europe has had a dictator-worship problem. First it was Lenin; then it was (yes) Stalin; then Mao; most recently the dictator of choice has been Fidel Castro.

To illustrate the depth and nature of this problem, let me recount an incident from Cuba in the 1960s. In the 1970s, a maoist friend told me about his experiences there as part of a Venceremos Brigade a decade earlier. (Venceremos Brigades were bands of American leftists who traveled to Cuba to work in the cane fields in support of “the revolution.”) At one point, Fidel himself showed up where they were working in the fields. My friend told me that the reaction of his fellow brigadistas was like that of 14-year-olds at a Beatles concert.

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  1. To better understand the rise and support of such people (and the reasons for the policies later enacted) one must also (and this is usually the missing part) understand the conditions prior to the rise. This is the historical context often missing for such strongmen when people today vilify certain leaders against a false backdrop of today’s acceptance of human rights. This contextual understanding is necessary before one can then fairly compare and contrast the reasons for and effects of changes wrought by the vilified leader. This inclusion of the backdrop is essential to better understand and judge the effects of the person’s historical impact, to better understand why certain policies were adopted and implemented.

    One quickly learns that concern about human rights is a tremendous luxury afforded only to those who already enjoy peace, order, and good government. Getting a population to that stage is the problem and once obtained to easily cast aside by partisan idiots seeking myopic privilege.

  2. Does anyone really hold Stalin in any awe anymore?

    Of all the dictators Stalin was perhaps the worst, he was a coldblooded calculating killer who go to any lengths to stay in power. Indeed the first thing Stalin did after gaining power was to eradicate all the rest of the Communist leadership until he was left with scared lackeys around him.

  3. I have read the ill talk and I find it very interesting. Take for example the author’s claim that All media outlets (newspapers, magazines, book publishers, radio stations, television stations) are controlled by the Castro regime, and access to the Internet is tightly restricted. The difference between that and other places is that the media is controlled by corporates that determine what they want you to know. Control of the internet is only marched by China.
    The Cuban government maintains a surveillance network in every neighborhood in Cuba, the so-called Committees for the Defense of the Revolution don’t most states do this? The US even spies on people outside its borders.
    Cuba is a one-party state what is so bad about this when places with two or more parties are still just as bad?
    As I said before and I will say so again, you are viewing all this through a very small window.

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