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October 28, 1998, Cuba Free Press.

SOME SAYS THIEVES SERVE AS LIFESAVERS IN CUBA By Ramón Humberto Colás Castillo, Cuba Free Press.

HAVANA - Here in Cuba a great proportion of people survive because they are able to obtain food through thieves who steal from the state. Such thieves thus become "lifesavers."

But it is not good to call thieves lifesavers, and it is worse for the "thief) epithet to be awarded by those who benefit from the theft.

This contradiction calls for an analysis due to the association that nowadays is established in Cuba between the thief and the receptor, the one who participates in an indirect way in the consummation of the act.

The people who benefit from the offense are more numerous that the thieves; that is why their actions are unacceptable and immoral and against all human logic. The thief does not respect himself or his fellow man.

His actions may turn into a criminal act, and the one who shares, even though it may be in a passive way, has no dignity.

The Cuban socio-political system breeds the problem, and has neither the means nor the moral strength to prevent it. That is why it turns into the principal element that tolerates this evil.

The theft is recognized as an offense that degrades the person who commits it. Nevertheless, a considerable amount of people practices it in different ways in spite of the dishonesty and the sense of unscrupulousness of the act itself. The degree of this offence depends on where the criminal focuses his attention.

When the theft is carried out in private properties or homes, it is rejected and condemned. Not so when the predator's target is state property.

This shameful reality manifests itself at all levels of social life. It is caused by the disproportion of the centralizing activity of the state which, upon absorbing all individual property, does not respect its citizens.

By abolishing the right of private resources, and doing it without intervening compensation, a regrettable mistake of appropriating what is not its own has been made.

This way of administering makes the individual's behavior gravitate towards a conscious organization which motivates the appropriation of means, establishing a reaction in the people towards taking possession of the state's resources.

The economic crisis,and the lack of the most elemental articles and products, including those of essential necessity, allow the citizen to tolerate the use of means without a clear source, but which are felt to come from the state.

The "Lifeguard" is the one who sells the basic supplies for the Cuban's diet, and facilitates those resources which solve the family problems. The product's worth and its need requires protection of the provider. DS

The "Lifegards" must disappear. The moral cost of this behavior is a shame which today we carry as a people. The reasons which originated them persist. The efficacious way to lay them to rest is to modify the socio-political system.

By Ramón Humberto Colás Castillo


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