Does This Cuban Millennial Hold the Key to Freedom Young Americans Are Forgetting?

On the evening of December 6, I sat down at a café near Little Havana in Miami to drink coffee with one of Cuba’s most visionary freedom fighters. Rosa María Payá is a 28-year-old activist with a background in physics and a prolific track record in human rights advocacy. Publications like Fox News, The Atlantic, and The Washington Post have featured her referendum initiative, which has been discussed by the UN General Assembly and by heads of state like President Trump.

She is the daughter of Oswaldo Payá, a Cuban activist who led the Christian Liberation Movement which called for a transition to democracy in Cuba. He officially died in a car crash in 2012, but many dissidents speculate that it was actually a murder committed by the Cuban government to permanently halt his vision of multi-party elections being held in the country.

They say the best revenge is success; Rosa María decided to carry her father’s torch by organizing the “Cuba Decide” initiative, a campaign calling for a binding referendum to be held in Cuba to allow for a democratic system where multiple parties can hold elections. She emphasizes why “Cuba Decide” is important to ensure democracy for Cubans as well as international security.

She does not pretend that 'Cuba Decide' is a magical solution.

Payá and I talked about her identity, the “Cuba Decide” campaign and growing support for socialism amongst millennials. She does not pretend that “Cuba Decide” is a magical solution to tie together the oftentimes conflicting factions of Cuban dissidence movements. With the advent of social media, “Cuba Decide” represents the opportunity for those opposing factions to come together and support multi-party elections in Cuba for the first time in 60-plus years. Because the campaign itself does not represent nor endorse the creation of its own party, different visions can actually manifest as proper parties by following a single methodology.

We also spoke about perceptions abroad among the millennial population of socialism and capitalism. Various news outlets are reporting that millennials don't like capitalism, to a greater degree than other generations have. Young American voters increasingly support universal healthcare and education, which resonate with Cuba's main propaganda campaigns. Payá said the mission of the totalitarians that are in power right now, in countries like Cuba is to sell a lie around the world. International marketing is crucial; evoking romanticism surrounding Cuba's public services is key to building support domestically and abroad. She emphasized that this manipulation takes place not just in the media and political arena, but also in academics, the arts, and in the “exchange programs” where Cuba sends professionals like doctors on health campaigns abroad to build support for the regime. In addition, preying upon people’s struggles accessing healthcare and education in developed countries is crucial to building support for leftist political and economic platforms.

I asked her why young people, especially non-Cubans, should care about “Cuba Decide.” She answered that totalitarian regimes are not limited to the physical and national territory where they're imposed. Those regimes are toxic and interconnected. There is an actual coordination among the forces that are in power in these countries. The Foro de São Paulo, for example, is a coalition of left-leaning nations created by Lula da Silva and Fidel Castro in 1991. The first president that the coalition empowered was Hugo Chavez. Since 1998, with the coordination of the Cuban state security and the coalition, these organizations have been assaulting various Latin American democracies.

The United States is also affected. US National Director of Intelligence Jame Clapper in the US, laid out the four worse foreign espionage threats to the US in a 2016 congressional hearing. In order, they are Russia, China, Iran, and Cuba.

Ana Belén Montes, otherwise known as “Red Avispa,” is a jailed American citizen under the charge of espionage; she was a Cuban agent who was serving as an advisor for Cuban policy in the Pentagon. This year, sonic attacks were directed against American diplomats in Cuba. In 2015, a North Korean ship full of Cuban weapons was intercepted in the Panama Canal. The UN reported it, but we still don't know what the destination of those weapons was supposed to be.

When we talk about Cuban freedom, we are not just talking about being in solidarity with 13 million people on the island. We are talking about national security for the US, and the stability of the democracy in the region.

Payá didn’t mince her words: “When we talk about Cuban freedom, we are not just talking about being in solidarity with 13 million people on the island. We are talking about national security for the US, and the stability of the democracy in the region.”

She continued: “A change in Cuba isn't just improvement in quality of life for Cubans; it's going to remove a constant threat that the US and the rest of the region have been facing for 60-plus years.”

Lastly, I asked Payá about how to travel to Cuba consciously, a trending topic in the new era of loosened travel policies towards Cuba. “By visiting the beaches and drinking mojitos and margaritas, you are not supporting democracy in Cuba,” said Payá. “But by going there and giving materials to the people, sharing information Cubans don't have access to, those are substantive actions that support the people. But that's not being a tourist, that's being an activist.”

Not many know this, but Castro’s Revolution in Cuba wouldn’t have been possible without the help of women like Celia Sánchez or Vilma Espín who carried out the necessary logistics.

Sixty years later, a woman may be fomenting its demise as well.

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Ibis Valdés is a Young Voices advocate and a graduate of international law and human rights. She is an organizer with Engage Miami, a nonprofit that elevates the youth voice in South Florida elections. Opinions presented here belong solely to the author.

Critical Race Theory: A special brand of evil

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Part of what makes it hard for us to challenge the left is that their beliefs are complicated. We don't mean complicated in a positive way. They aren't complicated the way love is complicated. They're complicated because there's no good explanation for them, no basis in reality.

The left cannot pull their heads out of the clouds. They are stuck on romantic ideas, abstract ideas, universal ideas. They talk in theories. They see the world through ideologies. They cannot divorce themselves from their own academic fixations. And — contrary to what they believe and how they act — it's not because leftists are smarter than the rest of us. And studies have repeatedly shown that leftists are the least happy people in the country. Marx was no different. The Communist Manifesto talks about how the rise of cities "rescued a considerable part of the population from the idiocy of rural life."

Studies have repeatedly shown that leftists are the least happy people in the country.

Instead of admitting that they're pathological hypocrites, they tell us that we're dumb and tell us to educate ourselves. Okay, so we educate ourselves; we return with a coherent argument. Then they say, "Well, you can't actually understand what you just said unless you understand the work of this other obscure Marxist writer. So educate yourselves more."

It's basically the "No True Scotsman" fallacy, the idea that when you point out a flaw in someone's argument, they say, "Well, that's a bad example."

After a while, it becomes obvious that there is no final destination for their bread-crumb trail. Everything they say is based on something that somebody else said, which is based on something somebody else said.

Take critical race theory. We're sure you've noticed by now that it is not evidence-based — at all. It is not, as academics say, a quantitative method. It doesn't use objective facts and data to arrive at conclusions. Probably because most of those conclusions don't have any basis in reality.

Critical race theory is based on feelings. These feelings are based on theories that are also based on feelings.

We wanted to trace the history of critical race theory back to the point where its special brand of evil began. What allowed it to become the toxic, racist monster that it is today?

Later, we'll tell you about some of the snobs who created critical theory, which laid the groundwork for CRT. But if you follow the bread-crumb trail from their ideas, you wind up with Marxism.

For years, the staff has devoted a lot of time to researching Marxism. We have read a lot of Marx and Marxist writing. It's part of our promise to you to be as informed as possible, so that you know where to go for answers; so that you know what to say when your back is up against the wall. What happens when we take the bread-crumb trail back farther, past Marxism? What is it based on?

This is the point where Marxism became Marxism and not just extra-angry socialism.

It's actually based on the work of one of the most important philosophers in human history, a 19th-century German philosopher named Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel.

This is the point where Marxism became Marxism and not just extra-angry socialism. And, as you'll see in just a bit, if we look at Hegel's actual ideas, it's obvious that Marx completely misrepresented them in order to confirm his own fantasies.

So, in a way, that's where the bread-crumb trail ends: With Marx's misrepresentation of an incredibly important, incredibly useful philosophy, a philosophy that's actually pretty conservative.

We've heard a lot about critical race theory lately, and for good reason: It's a racist ideology designed to corrupt our children and undermine our American values. But most of what we see are the results of a process that has been underway for decades. And that's not something the mainstream media, the Democrat Party, and even teachers unions want you to know. They're doing everything in their power to try and convince you that it's no big deal. They want to sweep everything under the rug and keep you in the dark. To fight it, we need to understand what fuels it.

On his Wednesday night special this week, Glenn Beck exposes the deep-seated Marxist origins of CRT and debunks the claims that it's just a harmless term for a school of legal scholarship. Newsweek opinion editor Josh Hammer joins to argue why we must ban critical race theory from our schools if we want to save a very divided nation.

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On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck blasted the Democrats — and anyone else on the left — who have been so eager to open our southern U.S. border for the past several months, but also willing to turn a blind eye to the Cuban people in need of help today.

"While we are welcoming people from any country, all over the world, without any kind of information, and setting them into our country, putting them on American planes paid for by American taxpayers," Glenn began. "And our Coast Guard Cutters are turning these [Cuban] people away. Shame on you! Shame on you!"

Glenn said that he's "sick and tired" of hearing about "brave" leftist activists like Colin Kaepernick, who protest the America flag while wearing Che Guevara and Fidel Castro t-shirts. Meanwhile, the Cuban people are risking their lives by taking to the sea to escape their oppressive regime and come to America.

"Anybody who glorifies Che doesn't know their ass from their elbow. You can't call them a human rights activist. You're protesting the American flag, because you so deeply believe in the right to be free? And yet, you wear a Che T-shirt?" Glenn said.

Glenn went on to argue that, even though the left has "bastardized" the meaning of our country, he still believes America is the best nation on Earth. In fact, he'd give up his citizenship "in a heartbeat" if another country could prove to be better, more noble, and more free. But no other nation exists like ours, he said, which is why it's so imperative we fight for freedom here, in Cuba, and around the world.

Watch the video clip below to hear Glenn explain:

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There's a new "reality" spreading, and the mere act of questioning it has become incredibly dangerous, Wall Street Journal investigative journalist Abigail Shrier told Glenn on the most recent episode of "The Glenn Beck Podcast."

Shrier's book, "Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters," exposes the radical gender activism that — like critical race theory — has overtaken our children's schools and culture. But even worse, she warned, it could end your parental rights for good.

Shrier made it clear she is by no means "anti-trans," but simply speaking up against the extremes of this new "reality" has made her enemy No. 1 to many activists. Her book has been bashed so hard by the Left that Target has stopped selling it twice, Amazon once banned ads for it, and the American Booksellers Association even called sending it to others "a serious, violent incident."

In the clip below, Shrier explained why she believes "there may be no hope for the public school system."

"You have teachers behaving like activists across the country who have no interest in actually teaching. They believe their job is to remake your child," she asserted. "We're seeing so much evidence of that, I think it's fair to say that it may be too deeply rooted in the ideology being taught in public school. I'm not sure that the public school system is redeemable at this point."

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