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HAVANA, August 27, 1998, Cuba Free Press.


HAVANA One might say that the worst problem of totalitarianism, as a system, is precisely its goal of achieving totality, encompassing everything, controlling even what is practically uncontrollable. Such an attempt, finally, leaves not even the smallest room where society can relax and be able to achieve some freedom.

But, another will say, no, the worst problem of Cuban totalitarianism is not even that of totality. The worst problem of the Island's brand of totalitarianism is its constant search for the excuse. There always has to be an excuse, because of systematic indoctrination and rigid censorship, and if there is no excuse, then that produces a strange result: The apology.

Why? One may as well ask, why the stupidity, the disinformation, the laziness, the fear.....all factors not usually found in an ordinary conglomerate of people, but which can seep in anywhere with relative ease.

But, no, another will say; that business of apology is not the worst. Even worse is that the excess baggage is not restricted to its effective use to rule over the masses. No, worse is that, in its all-encompassing effect, it can reach any sector. And, interestingly enough, even the intellectual sector---- the elitists par excellence.

It is precisely now, as the V Congress of the National Union of Writers and Artists in Cuba (UNEAC) approaches, when quite a few signs emerge of this process. The latest signal is from the president of the literary section. Mr. Lopez Sacha has just spoken - as if in passing - about a proposal that is "brewing" on the stoves of the UNEAC Congress.

The proposal is the result of an interesting "finding:" It seems that we Cubans are in such short supply of things that we are even lacking a model For a hierarchy in the promotion of art and literature. Hence, the coming attempt to create a model to guide the public toward the "best" artistic products.

Which, it seems, sounds all very logical. But it happens that the introduction of the words "hierarchy" brings us back to what were just talking about. This logic becomes worrisome. Let's not forget that every hierarchical organization presupposes some order in which one depends on a superior to lead the inferior.

And suppose that this hierarchical organization assumes the use of "specialists" in charge of applying the framework designed and, then, the establishment of some allocation to that framework.

But how can these "specialists" generate a criterion, a taste or certain prejudices, especially since they rely, absolutely, on the state which, above and beyond any other concern, forces, "in the name of the cause and sacred excuse," those ideas to which the hierarchy strictly responds, i.e., to the political interests?

Under such circumstances, any such hierarchy initiative, far from helping culture, seems to immerse itself - as just another factor - into the system of controls imposed, which only hurt it.

But anything that might be useful about the hierarchy proposal, of course, doesn't change its diabolical essence. And for that, there's no excuse.

Germán Castro, Cuba Free Press

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