Democracy cannot be thought of in essential and absolute terms. As if Democracy could establish itself without any history that precedes it.

In all the democracies of the world an “undemocratic”, violent and decisionist moment has always intervened. From Carl Schmitt to Derrida, passing through Lacan, it has been made explicit that a specific political order, as in this case Democracy, is established from a non-deliberative or constitutional Event. The western history of democracies testify to that foundational violence that Benjamin spoke of, as that instituting act that constitutes the transition to the institutional world that will come later.

From this horizon, it makes no sense to oppose Democracy to the Cuban Revolution as a neutral, essential and ahistorical value.

The condition of possibility of Democracy in Cuba is not the opposite of the Revolution. The Revolution is the legacy from which Democracy must be built in Cuba.

Not against the Revolution but from it. Difficult task, bordering on the impossible, but the only political path for Democracy is not the implantation once again of the logic of the blockade by other means.


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