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That was my reaction when, as an 18 year-old, I spotted the Little Red Book at my college library. My reaction had everything to do with the indoctrination I had received as a child growing up under communism.
Because I never found a copy of the U.S. Constitution in my Cuban hometown library — or any other “subversive” works, for that matter — I assumed that my adaptive country would behave the same way. No work or information on the opposition.
Imagine my shock when I discovered the there was a Communist Party, active and legal, with it’s own nominee running in the national elections!
That was one of the reasons I fell in love with this country. We’ve never being afraid of different points of view. That’s not entirely true. Republican administration seem to be very sensitive to this. They appear to have a propensity for quelling dissent and ignoring the constitution, but that’s material for another post entirely.
I recently thought of my encounter with the Communist Manifesto all those many years ago because of the Cuban musicians visiting and touring the States.
It occurred to me that anyone of them could sing a communist-inspired song anywhere here and it would not cause one eyebrow to rise. No one would be arrested. No news would be made.
An American musician visiting Cuba would not have the same priviledge or consideration. The weak have trouble accepting criticism.
There are some major differences between the two systems of government. I never forget that.