A closer look at Fidel Castro’s concept of Revolution

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On May 1, 2000, Fidel Castro offered a definition that expresses precisely those elements that make the social project he leads in Cuba a reality. It is a coherent definition, made up of twelve concepts that contain the weapons, instruments and even the ways for the Revolution itself not to stop. We will see some of these aspects in their interiority.

The concept of Revolution given by our Fidel Castro expresses in a tight but concise synthesis the essence of a process that progressively transforms society in crescendo in all its aspects in a comprehensive and just manner, creating the conditions to guarantee with the effort of all or the majority the satisfaction of the material and spiritual needs of each individual.

This concept of Revolution, stated by our Commander, applied to the Cuban Revolution, is the origin, experience and perspective of the process initiated by Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, and that José Martí took to a higher stage with his political thought, continued by the later generations of Julio Antonio Mella, Rubén Martínez Villena, first; then Juan Marinello, Raúl Roa; and finally by those of Moncada and the Sierra Maestra who brought the definitive victory, with Fidel Castro at the helm.

The generations of the 20th century included the postulates of Marxism to the Cuban political thought, because it enriched the necessary struggle to achieve the independence of the island. Fidel synthesized Marti’s thought and the Marxist-Leninist doctrine, and put them into practice dialectically, perfecting them during the development of the revolutionary process in our country under his leadership.

The laws of dialectical materialism are represented in this concept, but the Law of the negation of the negation stands out, since changing everything that has to be changed presupposes implementing courage and intelligence in terms of replacing the old with the new, and wisely taking what is positive and useful from the old.

In the 21st century, Cuban society honors Fidel’s concept of Revolution. With a clear sense of the historical moment, it expresses its solidarity and altruism inside and outside the country, educating and saving lives in other nations of the world.

Since the dawn of the Cuban Revolution, our people have been confronting U.S. imperialism that imposes a criminal economic blockade, to which it adds destabilizing campaigns through mercenaries at its service within our country. However, we are convinced that there is no force capable of crushing the force of truth and ideas, thanks to the unity and justice of the socialist system we defend.

Fidel and his ideas of Revolution contribute to the increase of our prestige in the international arena and the influence of revolutionary traditions, especially Marti’s thought. With these weapons, he defends the right of the people to assume in a critical and creative way the ideology of the proletariat, according to its history, its revolutionary traditions and the present state of national development, based on Marti’s, Marxist-Leninist conceptions, and the interrelation in national and universal history.

Revolution is a sense of the historic moment;

is changing everything that must be changed,

is full equality and freedom,

is being treated and treating others like human beings,

is emancipating ourselves on our own and through our own efforts,

is challenging powerful dominant forces in and beyond the social and national arena,

is defending the values in which we believe at the price of any sacrifice,

is modesty, selflessness, altruism, solidarity, and heroism,

is fighting with courage, intelligence, and realism,

is never lying or violating ethical principles,

is a profound conviction that there is no power in the world that can cruch the power of truth and ideas.

Revolution is unity; it is independence, it is struggling for our dreams of justice for Cuba and for the world, which is the foundation of our patriotism, our socialism, and our internationalism.

Fidel Castro Ruz


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