Communisms effect on civil society

analytical Essay
1834 words
1834 words

How did Fidel Castro’s communistic regime beginning in 1959 affect civil society in the short and long run? Two main features of civil society as highlighted by Benestad are the Church, and the family. I will also be highlighting how civil society in sports was affected by communism in Cuba. The separation of church and state was clearly visible when Castro’s El Partido Communismo (Communism Party) took control of the country instilling Marxist ideologies into a once very prosperous country. The separation of church and state opened the gates for religious segregation, violation of family rights and corrupted athletics which was the pride of the people. In this paper I will argue how Castro’s regime overtook the country and deprived them of their liberties and affected civil society during the revolution and in the many decades after. Much of what I will discuss in this paper comes from personal knowledge on the subject, knowledge which I have gained from living in South Florida and growing up with a father that left his home country of Cuba in search for freedom in 1980 on the Mariel boatlift.
Objection 1. Religion in present day Cuba seems as if it is free as Castro himself insists, with a weekly church attendance of 250,000 and a total of 120 Catholic churches on the island. Fidel Castro embraced Jesus Christ and in my opinion made him seem as if Christ himself was communist “In my opinion Christ was a great revolutionary… He condemned the rich, the merchants and the Pharisees with very strong words. He washed the feet of his disciples. What worthier man can one find?” With this message the people of Cuba saw socialism as something to embrace and practice, they thought if Jesus Christ did it then we are going in the righ...

... middle of paper ... Cuba had a major influence on the people and brought the majority of the people to public stadiums to see their favorite teams. The Marxist ideologies that were instilled during the revolution carry on till this day in sports which profess equality for all. All sporting events in Cuba are free of charge, they are meant to be a gift to the people from the government. All athletes in Cuba are amateurs only competing for no profit, they travel the world to different competitions and are stripped of what ever award they receive. The awards obtained by the individual athlete are given to the government where they declare it as a win for them only. Many of Cubas best athelets have fled to the united states where they end up making millions of dollars for their talents. The Cuban regime restrains the human person from achieving its upmost potential and inspiring others.

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how fidel castro's communistic regime in 1959 affected civil society in the short and long run. the separation of church and state opened the gates for religious segregation, violation of family rights, and corrupted athletics.
  • Opines that castro embraced jesus christ and made him seem like a communist. castro condemned the rich, merchants, and pharisees with very strong words.
  • Argues that communism did not directly impact cuban families because of the similarities between modern american families in core personal values pertaining to loved ones. castro claims that women's rights in cuba have improved since the revolution.
  • Argues that castro's regime instilled a mindset that sports were to be equally attainable among the people no matter how much money one had.
  • Argues that castro's communistic regime violated features of civil society, including depriving people of religious freedom, violating family rights, and corrupting sports.
  • Explains that the lack of economic prosperity on the island causes much poverty therefore increasing instability in marriages.
  • Analyzes how the cuban regime used sports to promote elitism and anti-collectivism ideas throughout society.
  • Opines that fidel castro's rebuilding relationship with the vatican was all to overcome the quarantining effects of the united states embargo.
  • Opines that the communistic regime in cuba deprived the family of simple liberties such as making their own political decisions.
  • Opines that the cuban regime restrains the human person from achieving its upmost potential and inspiring others.
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