Juan Antonio Blanco
What are the implications of deliberately assassinating a person’s character, or of ruining a social group’s or institution’s reputation? What might be the implications of such actions if they are occurring as a response to the initiatives of a government with sufficient resources to exercise this kind of state-sponsored terrorism? Ready, Aim, Fire! Character Assassination in Cuba analyzes this topic through the lens of the Cuban experience over the last fifty years.
Why venture into the subject of state-sponsored character assassinations fostered by the Cuban government now?
Why talk about Cuba in particular and not about what is occurring elsewhere in regards to this subject?
Experience has taught us that closed societies are sometimes able to quickly change symbolic facets of the social order that are superficial in nature, but that the old régime lives on in more deeply ingrained structures—mindsets, prejudices, concepts—that remain embedded in the subconscious mind, and even in that of their opponents.