Lessons of victory ›World› Granma

At this point, no sane person can deny that the 15N was a resounding failure for the counterrevolution and a triumph for those of us who defend socialism. Isolated, without power of real convocation, deceived by the mirages of social networks, the members of Archipelago read perplexed the news that their leader had secretly fled to Spain. Neither banished nor disappeared: Yunior García, the apparent “mastermind” of the failed “lawful and peaceful march,” had been planning his escape for days.

Nothing happened in the streets: no demonstrations, no riots, not even a cacerolazo. Any. Total tranquility, peace; children going to school, airplanes entering Cuba: the return to the «new normality». The enemy press (and the accomplice) had to juggle to keep that “no-march” in the media spotlight, manipulatively placing an image of the Red Handkerchief sit-in as “evidence” of anti-government actions.

The President of the Republic himself, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, who attended a concert that Tony Ávila gave away at the request of the youth of the sit-in, starred in one of these Kafkaesque episodes: a headline spoke of protests against the Cuban government while showing a photo of the Cuban president, with a red scarf around his neck, sitting among the people. Wonders of the tropical dictatorship!

These have been days of having a lot of fun in the face of the frustration and imaginative resources that our adversaries used to try to “save the day.” But don’t let that joy blind us: we didn’t do everything right. If it is good to learn lessons from defeat, so as not to lose battles again (which the counterrevolution and its many “thinking tanks” are surely analyzing), healthy is also learning to win in a better way. And we have many things to learn after this victory.

The first thing is that we must not allow ourselves to be carried away by the lowest instincts of the human condition: anger, insult, violence; or because of those social atavisms that still weigh down on our emancipatory project: machismo, misogyny, homophobia, racism. If it is necessary to confront the enemy, let us do it without staining a drop of disgrace. Let’s always be better than our opponents. Offending a woman because of her physical appearance, or labeling her with epithets that only detract from us, turns against us; by making fun of a person for their sexual orientation or inferring that a certain moral laxity is explained by them, we are doing the Revolution a disservice.

Yes, let us repudiate everything smelly and petty from the enemy, but let us do so with the decency and virtue that should characterize us as revolutionaries. We do not have to try to vindicate obsolete political technologies but rather to point to new and better forms of ideological struggle. And no, do not read in these lines a morality against choteo: humor is a very powerful weapon that

we must grasp, provided that in a joke we do not throw overboard all the vast and beautiful ethical legacy of the Cuban Revolution, that which is one from Céspedes to today.

Let us defend Cuba and socialism with morality and the joy of knowing we are the winners. Why show anger if we are the people in power? Why yell and rant when we can laugh and dance? Let’s leave the frustration and resentment to the losers: ours has to be something else.

And if it is important not to stain the triumph with excesses, good or malicious, it is vital that we do not lose sight of the youngest. We cannot be condescending, but neither can we be dogmatic, scholastic: let us see in the new generations that fundamental clay of the revolutionary project, let us see in those people, who are forging an identity, the promise of continuity and prosperity that we owe ourselves. Children and young people must be recognized, with special tolerance, the right to make mistakes, and never incur the wrong practice of homologate the action of a minor to that of a man (or a woman) full-fledged.

Let’s enjoy the victory, yes, but let’s not overlook these lessons that he leaves us. There are many battles to be fought in the name of the Revolution: we will always have to be up to the task that such a challenge implies.

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