Denial of reality is a signature communication resource of the Cuban regime. In the past many thought that at the root of this lack of transparency was the need to protect Cuba from the devilish maneuvers of the CIA that was always launching secret attacks against the economy to create havoc and punish the population. This time however the magic is not working Because the technology wave that burst in the 1990s and has continued to grow and to penetrate every human activity over the past two decades has eroded credibility in that narrative. Silently, modems, phone cards; smart phones and laptops have entered the Cuban stage through modern Silk Roaders. These are young members of the Cuban diaspora that saw in the rapprochement initiated by the Obama administration an opportunity to become business men and women. Hopping into planes at reduced fares from Mimi to Havana several times every month they quietly built a digital expressway between the two countries. They enacted a modern Allegory of the Cave. Cubans began to see through this digital throughway another reality. That of free society where their relatives are able to lead a middle class life. They soon realized that this is unattainable in Cuba under the current regime and they have thus rebelled as they have been doing since November 2020.
These rebellions would demand a radical economic shift towards a new social pact that gives rise to a democratic society as operators of post Franco Spain created. In Cuba unfortunately there does not seem to be any one in the regime convinced of the need to initiate reforms that would reignite the economy, fill the people with hope and begin a new development stage. The last reformer was Raul in the 1990s when the collapse of the Soviet Union brought to Cuba the same economic havoc the ongoing collapse of Venezuela is producing. In those days Raul thought Cuba could turn into a Caribbean China or Vietnam. But, alas these were not Fidel’s plans who sent the reform proposals to the national library archives. Today that initiative can hardly be implemented. Cuba lacks man power; is digitally blind and does not possess any natural resources that carry strategic value. Thus Raul would rather retire and leave the responsibility for the upcoming catastrophic meltdown in of Diaz Canel who has inherited a car without wheels to push the country through the 21st century.