control the economy,” he said. “So, they destroyed the economy, and now they have to rebuild it.” Orlando Gutierrez-Boronat, co-founder and spokesperson for the Cuban Democratic Directorate, a U.S.-based organization that supports human rights in Cuba, said that the American Left contributed to the emergence of the communist regime in Cuba by planning, preparing, and providing media coverage to make Cuba a springboard for spreading socialism to the United States and Latin America. Gutierrez-Boronat, an award-winning author, lecturer at Georgetown University, and community leader, holds a Ph.D. in the Philosophy of International Studies. He explained how an institutional and political crisis in the 1950s in Cuba, when a military government took over the country, led to an insurrection. This allowed Fidel Castro and his acolytes to take control of the country with great support from American liberals. Che Guevara, a Marxist revolutionary from Argentina, played a prominent role in the Castro-led revolution. Guevara’s writings state that the purpose of the Cuban revolution was to create a platform through which socialist revolution would spread to the United States and Latin America. Since taking power, Cuba has been a place to train American left-wing activists, indoctrinate, and create underground cells and espionage networks in the United States. Gutierrez-Boronat also noted how the media played an important role in building Castro’s image in America. Herbert Matthews, a New York Times journalist, was “essential in building the Castro myth,” he said. During a visit to the United States, Castro was presented as a democratic reformist, anti-communist, and pro-American, although he was already building a communist state in Cuba, Gutierrez-Boronat said. The activist also cited Herbert Marcuse, a prominent Marxist scholar of the Frankfurt School associated with Columbia University. Marcuse’s book, “An Essay on Liberation,” clearly states “that the Cuban Revolution was essential for socialism in the U.S.,” Gutierrez-Boronat said. The activist further explained that the Left needed a successful socialist revolution that didn’t have any of the stains of the bad reputation that Stalinism had already gained in the world, and they saw it in Cuba. To this day, media continue to blackout Cuban protests against the communist regime, Gutierrez-Boronat said. He noted how in July of 2021, mass protests against the communist regime were the largest in decades, and since then, “thousands of Cubans have gone out to publicly protest against the regime.” Communist regimes initially seek to destroy the economy to control the people, Gutierrez-Boronat said, and this is what happened in Cuba, where the regime had to control and destroy Cuban agriculture in order to control the food supply. He concluded that the Cuban regime has been a driving force for spreading socialism to the United States and Latin America since taking power. To achieve this goal, the Left used planning, preparation, and media coverage to build the image of Fidel Castro, and Herbert Matthews was “essential in building the Castro myth.” In addition, Herbert Marcuse’s book “An Essay on Liberation” states that the Cuban Revolution was essential for socialism in the U.S. To this day, media continue to blackout Cuban protests against the communist regime, despite the fact that thousands of Cubans have gone out to publicly protest against the regime.
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