Haz's Take on Cuba and the Referendum - Infrared Show Clip
Saturday, October 1, 2022
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In this video clip, Haz discusses Cuba's recent referendum, which approved gay marriage and adoption, but notes that the referendum was not solely about gay rights. Haz argues that while Cuba is an admirable country fighting against US imperialism, it is not a sustainable model of socialist development. He suggests that instead of virtue signaling to the liberal West, the Cuban government should listen to their churches and bet on the American populace. Haz also suggests that Cuba should abandon its outdated socialist model and instead open up trade to create wealth and combat stagnation. Finally, Haz advocates for Cuba adopting Mao Zedong thought to undermine the stagnant bureaucracy that still exists, ultimately hoping for Cuba to become economically counter-hegemonic.
00:00:00 In this section, Haz discusses the recent referendum in Cuba that approved gay marriage and adoption, as well as boosted rights for women with a majority of 74% voting in favor of the ratification. However, he notes that it's misleading to call it a gay rights or gay marriage referendum, as the section about sexual minorities is a small part of a larger Family Code that covers many household chores and relationships between men and women. Haz suggests that the Cuban government decided to legalize same-sex marriage from above and then tried to offset any backlash by drafting the Family Code with feedback from Cuban people, including a lot of popular provisions. Haz explains that Mariela Castro, Fidel Castro's niece, has extensive ties with the Western world and is behind the push for LGBT rights in Cuba.
00:05:00 In this section of the video, Haz discusses Mariela Castro's push for LGBT rights in Cuba, which became more widespread during the Obama administration. Haz also discusses Cuba's past as a bastion of anti-imperialist guerrilla warfare and its current state of lacking purpose, as well as its economic development or lack thereof. Haz argues that while Cuba is a sovereign and admirable anti-imperialist country, it is not a model of socialist construction and its economic struggles cannot solely be blamed on the US embargo.
00:10:00 In this section, Haz discusses Cuba's model of socialist development, stating that while it places emphasis on health, survival, and subsistence, it does not prioritize the development of productive forces or the creation of material wealth. Haz believes that while Cuba is an admirable country that rises above the destitution that accompanies poverty, it is not a sustainable model of socialist development or a leader in this field. Haz also highlights how Cuba is heavily infiltrated by American NGOs and is not an authoritarian country, but rather a Social Democratic one that cares about equitable distribution. Overall, Haz believes that while Cuba is an admirable country fighting against US imperialism, it still has shortcomings that must be addressed.
00:15:00 In this section, Haz discusses the limitations Cuba faces in trading with the US due to the embargo. However, he also points out that Cuba is open and can trade with any country, citing China as an example. Nonetheless, he notes that Chinese business leaders who have done business with Cuba have been frustrated by the red tape and incompetence that exists in Cuba. Haz does not see Cuba as a model for socialism and believes that people who uphold Cuba as such are a bunch of "losers" and "tropical socialists." He believes that, instead, China should be the model to follow as they have a sovereign, real economic base and industry that Cuba lacks.
00:20:00 In this section, Haz discusses a recent family code referendum in Cuba and argues that the Cuban government's attempt at virtue signaling to the liberal West is not helping their cause to lift the sanctions imposed on them. Haz suggests that the Cuban government should listen to their priests and churches, who are completely right on this issue, and bet on the American populace who are the future of the country. He warns that there is a huge backlash against globalism in the US, and that no amount of virtue signaling will make the Democratic Party or the extreme left like the Cuban socialist government. Haz also believes that Ron DeSantis represents a bigger threat than the Democratic Party, as he has the potential to hijack the Maga movement based on cultural issues.
00:25:00 In this section, Haz discusses the recent referendum in Cuba, which saw a significant drop in voter turnout and one-third of Cubans voting against LGBT rights. He explains that while socially conservative, the Cuban government spent a year working with Cuban society to ensure the referendum was popular and that the push for LGBT rights was top-down from the president. He also emphasizes that the socialist model in Cuba is outdated and not a model that socialists in America should be upholding. Instead, he advocates for opening up trade with Cuba to create more wealth and combat the lazy bureaucrats and stagnation at the lower levels of government. Ultimately, he hopes for Cuba to join China and Russia in becoming economically counter-hegemonic.
00:30:00 In this section, Haz, the host of Infrared Show, shares his perspective on the state of Cuba's revolution, the prevalence of revisionism, and the need for Cuba to adopt Mao Zedong thought and apply dialectics to undermine the stagnant Soviet-era bureaucracy that still exists. Haz admires Cuba for its resistance against American imperialism and respects its sovereignty, but he critiques its model of development, which he believes needs significant changes. Without making serious changes, Haz says Cuba will get overrun, and the future of communism on the island will be over.
00:35:00 In this section, Haz provides an unorthodox solution for Cuba's struggle to survive. Instead of continuing with a referendum and being doomed, they need to become like North Korea and identify themselves as North Cuba while doing away with South Cuba by burying it in the ocean. Then the leader of Cuba would wear a military outfit to the UN and announces the change, discontinuing with the 'Cuba vive' slogan and making the country great. He concludes by saying that when Castro was ruling, he was a great revolutionary, but he took the wrong turn, which would have upset even Che Guevara.