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Impatient Raul Castro calls on Cubans “to clear our heads of ideological rigidity”

Wednesday, August 24th 2011 - 07:26 UTC
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The three Inca basic principles: do not lie, do no steal and do not be lazy, according to the Cuban president  The three Inca basic principles: do not lie, do no steal and do not be lazy, according to the Cuban president

Cuban President Raul Castro is increasingly impatient with the slow implementation of his economic reforms, which he publicly blames mostly on bureaucratic sloth and resistance to change.

In public statements, he has accused government cadres of laziness, corruption, neglect and ideological rigidity and has repeatedly urged them to reject old revolutionary dogma and embrace new ways of thinking.

“Let us clean our heads of foolishness of all kinds. Don't forget that the first decade of the 21st century has already passed, and it's time” he sternly told the National Assembly on August 1.

His more than 300 reforms, some already in place, but most still pending, will liberalize Cuba's struggling, Soviet-style economy by emphasizing greater private initiative, reducing subsidies, decentralizing government and slashing a million people from government payrolls.

The goal is to assure the future of Cuban communism after he and his elderly leadership team are gone.

While he has counselled patience in implementing the changes, he told the National Assembly that global economic problems required faster improvements.

“The biggest obstacle we confront ... is the psychological barrier formed by inertia, inflexibility, pretence or double standards, indifference and insensibility,” Castro said.

Last December, Castro spoke bluntly to the National Assembly about dishonesty among the ranks.

“We must struggle to eradicate once and for all lies and deceit from the cadres' behaviour at all levels,” he said.

He cited the three basic principles of the Inca civilization -- do not lie, do not steal and do not be lazy -- and said: “Those are correct principles aren't they? Let us try to bear them in mind.”

”I warn that all bureaucratic resistance to strict compliance (with the reforms) will be useless,“ he said.

”I have never been in favour of pressuring or of abrupt changes ... but faced with violations of the constitution ... there is no alternative but to resort to prosecutors and the courts, as we have already begun to do,” Castro said.

Categories: Politics, Latin America.
Tags: Cuba, Raúl Castro.

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  • willi1

    The devils they feeded 4 decades don´t leave so fast.
    Teh people don´t believe in the good will as long as the premium devil is still alive.

    Aug 24th, 2011 - 11:51 am 0
  • Retroqqq

    ”The Incas had three major commandments, three principles, as the basis of their approach to life: search for the truth, work hard, and respect every form of life. When the Spaniards came and rewrote our history, they adopted the same principles, but in their negative aspect: do not lie, don’t be lazy, do not steal. This shows a completely different attitude, since there is a vast gap between the positive ‘search for the truth’ and the negative ‘do not lie’.

    found this from Google

    Aug 24th, 2011 - 12:28 pm 0
  • xbarilox

    “to clear our heads of ideological rigidity” lol too late for that Mr, that's the reason you are in power, because of the ideological rigidity :) what will say Chávez? He must be shocked!!!

    Aug 24th, 2011 - 04:59 pm 0
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