Let’s excuse our intrepid “watchdogs” in the mainstream media. They’re too busy rummaging through Sarah Palin’s garbage to report on the actual sayings and doings of our actual government officials. So, here’s a recent report from Britain’s Guardian on a speech by Alec Ross, the U.S. State Department’s “Senior Advisor on Innovation”: “Dictatorships are now more vulnerable than they have ever been before,” he proclaimed at the recent Innovate Conference in London. “One thesis statement I want to emphasize is how [the Internet] disrupts the exercise of power…because of the devolution of power from the nation state to the individual…the Internet has become the Che Guevara of 21st century.”
Imagine the media snarkiness and uproar, if somewhere in Sarah Palin’s e-mail garbage bins, they scrounged up an item where she equates Internet freedom with the co-founder of the regime that Freedom House rates as among the 3 most repressive on Earth against the Internet, where bloggers are being jailed and tortured for the crime of blogging. Because in fact, Cubans were being jailed and tortured for blogging while the U.S. State Department’s senior advisor on “Internet freedom” hailed the Cuban regime’s co-founder as the emblem of Internet freedom.
Imagine the media snarkiness and uproar if Sarah Palin claimed that “dictatorships are now more vulnerable,” and then equated the co-founder of the most enduring Stalinist dictatorship in modern history with the enemy of dictatorships.
For reference, Che said in 1956, “I have sworn before a picture of the old and mourned comrade Stalin that I won’t rest until I see these capitalist octopuses annihilated!”
Imagine the media uproar and snarkiness if Sarah Palin linked “the devolution of power from the nation state to the individual” with a man who worshipped Joseph Stalin, who signed his correspondences “Stalin II,” who, as chief KGB liaison for a Stalinist regime proclaimed, “Individualism must disappear. It is criminal to think in terms of individuals. Youth must refrain from ungrateful questioning of governmental mandates. Youth should learn to think and act as a mass.” In a famous speech Che Guevara even vowed “to make individualism disappear from Cuba. It is criminal to think of individuals.”
Cuba’s “social media” (the topic of Alec Ross celebratory speech) is so tiny in the nation run by the regime co-founded by Che Guevara (the hero of Alec Ross’ speech) as to be essentially irrelevant. Cuba—a nation with more phones and TVs per capita than most European countries before Che Guevara set foot on her shores– today has fewer Internet connections per capita than Uganda and fewer cell phones than Papua New Guinea. The Stalinist regime Che Guevara co-founded is very vigilant in these matters.
The KGB-trained police employed by the regime Che-Guevara co-founded controls what its subjects, read, say, earn, eat (including the amount), where they live, travel or work. “Fear is the basic instrument of [Cuban] political control,” concluded a report in the mid 1990s by the Catholic Human Rights group Pax Christi.