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Tim Pawlenty, the former Minnesota governor and Republican candidate for president tweeted support yesterday for Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet. Thanks to all the attention brought by U2's Bono after mentioning Dr. Biscet and the struggle for freedom in Cuba during a concert in Miami, more people are becoming familiar with the plight of Cuba's opposition and publicly stating their support for liberty and freedom on the island.

Freedom a Gift from God to the World PDF Print E-mail

Freedom a Gift from God to the World

Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet

President of the Lawton Foundation of Human Rights


In 1989, The Communist regime in Eastern Europe crumbled and two years later the Soviet Union experienced the same process. The nations who conquered freedom due to these historical events were filled with joy.

In the Western Hemisphere, the Castros’ regime continued its traumatic oppression over the Cuban people. Even though the Island’s regime is languishing under the weight of its inefficiency and its injustice, its citizens have been unable to shake off the yoke of oppression. This is due to the fact that we live in a society of fear in which state terror and increasing double standard rule. These two laws are standard essential characteristics of the final stage of dictatorships.

Now, the maximum leaders of Cuba, Fidel and Raúl Castro, have finally convinced themselves of the failure of Socialism and are desperately seeking a magic formula capable of pulling the nation out of its deep economic, political, moral and social crisis. After more than five decades, the autocratic government has admitted that its economic model is overly centralized, and they have been obligated to take measures towards a decentralized system which is incoherent with its centralized planning.

Raúl acknowledges that economic reform itself will not improve the country’s chaotic situation. That is why distancing himself from the classical Marxist- Leninist dogma which states that “productive forces are the driving forces of society” initiates the post-Communism ideological stage.

There are four economic models: Classical, Centralized Economic Planning, Keynesian and Neoclassical. These models in conjunction with political ideology determine the type of political system that defines society. Let’s analyze various examples. The People’s Chinese Republic with its market economy and lack of basic rights constitutes an autocratic government with the characteristics of a fascist regime. Chile and South Korea with their market economies, ample basic rights and their democratic governments are examples of a representative democracy. Canada with its Keynesian model, its respect for basic rights and its democratic government exemplifies another type of representative democracy. Finally, North Korea and Cuba with their centrally planned economies, their absolute lack of basic rights and their autocratic governments are deplorable examples of totalitarian Communist dictatorships.

In reality, the ruling Raúl Castro pushed for weak economic reforms which do not encompass all private initiatives. If we add to that the high taxes and the predominance of central planning, there is no doubt that with this formula the country will not be able to move towards a free market economy.

The Chicago School of Economics and its leader Milton Friedman propose that economic freedom and political freedom are inseparable. Even when this theory is behind the Neoliberal Revolution in the United States of America and the United Kingdom and which has extended to the world, there are exceptions to the rule such as Communist China and Singapore.

Private property is a strong pillar of freedom that is why Skylock stated, “When you take the resources with which I live, you take my life.” And, that is the basic reason why Communists confiscate and have the state control property. A man whose property has been taken away becomes a slave of the all powerful state. This concept is not absolute and has its exceptions. Such is the case of the great proprietors under the regimes of Hitler and Mussolini.

In order to have non-violent change that will move a dictatorship towards democracy, there must be objective and subjective conditions promoting it. Above all, the hierarchy in place has to be receptive to change without bloodshed. Such were the cases of South Korea, Taiwan, Chile, and Spain. South Africa and Mexico among other nations. A tyrannical government which does not wish to benefit its people with liberty will never voluntarily give up power. This is the sad case that often leads to violence as in Khadafy’s Lybia, Ceausescu’s Romania, and Milosevic’s Yugoslavia.

In Cuba, the hierarchy of the Castro regime totally despises its people and continues to enslave them in misery and humiliation. If these human rights continue to be denied, tensions and defiance will increase. Therefore, the memory of Zapata Tamayo and Soto Garcia will unchain non-violent popular insurrection throughout the streets, plazas and parks of Cuba. Because, one way or another, we Cubans will be free.

The altruistic and compassionate ideals constitute the cornerstone of humanity’s quest for freedom and democracy. The imitation of good through positive thought leads to a better life for the members of a community. When I was sentenced for my unfailing defense of human rights, one of the charges brought against me was my correspondence with former President George W. Bush. The state attorney was unable to substantiate the accusation. Today, I want to share with my readers one of his thoughts which I always kept as a treasure, “Freedom is not a gift which the United States offers to the world but a gift from God to Humankind.”

Communist Congress: A Continuation of the Dictatorship PDF Print E-mail

Communist Congress: A Continuation of the Dictatorship

Dr. Oscar Elías Biscet

Lawton Foundation for Human Rights


The Congress of the Cuban Communist Party was nothing but a distasteful comedy. Planned by the orthodox leadership to ensure its continuity alongside Raúl Castro, it purged the reformists and drowned their free market ideas.

Raúl, leader of the Party, surrounded by a political bureau consisting of his senile and fundamentalist followers, imposed an agenda whose primary focus was economic planning and the limitation of party, state and administrative positions to a maximum of two terms.

Socialist planning raised doubt as to whether the engine which will make economic reform take off will ever start. Stagnant ideas will continue to grow roots and deepen the country’s crisis. China solved this problem by putting into place a market system which turned it into the world’s second economic power.

That system was well criticized by Raúl, who emphasizing his aberrant preoccupation with not allowing workers independent from the state to accumulate capital, stated that: “They will not permit the accumulation of wealth nor the return to capitalism.”

Centralized planning is possible solely within the monopolistic system currently in place in Cuba. But, it is precisely those monopolistic actions that stop development and impose unfair prices, limit completion, assign inefficient resources, and prevent the creation of new enterprises.

In a civilized nation such measures would be sanctioned. According to the philosopher Frederick Hayek: “The market is a spontaneous order of cooperation, money often is the most efficient instrument of liberty that man has ever invented and private property, the most important guarantee of freedom.”

Fidel Castro, in a weakened state of senility, made evident by his awkward walk, sleepiness and silence, resigned just a few days before and did not seek the position of First Secretary of the Communist Party. By his attendance at the congress, he manifested his support for having his brother substitute him in the position of First Secretary. His thirst for power and his megalomania have kept him from seeing the inexorable passing of time. He wanted to be God; and turned himself into a man –god through a process which destroyed the Cuban nation.


Once when he had the opportunity to visit the botanical garden in Havana, a gardener told him: “It takes this plant 150 years to grow,” to which Castro responded: “We will return then to see it.”

His actions started giving forth the impression that he was harboring the hope of being eternal and that his time in power would never run out. Even worse for his regime, his pride kept him from preparing a generation to take over. And he even went to the extreme of saying: “What do I care what happens after me.”

Today, we confront consequences of not having a group of well prepared substitutes with sufficient experience and maturity to take on the new and complex tasks of directing the Party, the State and the Government. The recent criticism made by Raúl should be directed to Fidel and his entourage.

Those appointed as “heirs”by finger pointing have seen themselves in the “Comandante’s” shoes and have accepted maximum terms to political and state positions in order to guarantee their succession. From individual dictatorship to party dictatorship such as that of Partido Institucional de Mexico (PRI) which has autocratically dominated the political life of that nation for seventy years.

In Cuba, people are so needy and frustrated with all aspects of life that they see any proposal as worthy change. Some situations are so absurd that they would be appropriate for the Teatro Bufo.

For example, to have a car and be able to sell it; to own a house and have to ask the nation’s authorities to have a relative or a friend live in your home; to lease an hectare of land and have to use oxen to farm it.

Citizens must understand that in order to find solutions to their problems there must be freedom in Cuba. That is the starting point for psychological and material improvement of the people.


It is imperative that basic liberties such as speech, expression and the press; freedom of religion and the right to peaceably assemble, the right to have protection under the law, the right to due process and fair trial be recognized and put into practice. It is necessary to guarantee people these inalienable rights and to limit government through a real constitution that protects citizens from the excesses of those in power.


This makes a person independent, free able to use his talents to work in society. According to Schopenhauer: “ The advantage of a free man is the possibility to improve his condition through his talents.” Freedom of thought, the freedom to express one’s opinions, specifically religious ones, as well as to defend them, and propagate them. These are rights specifically guaranteed by the Constitution of 1976; but violated by the Castro regime.

Some religious institutions, falsely and hypocritically, affirm that they have freedom of choice. They state this to flatter the secular authorities in power and lie to humanity. Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights stipulates that: “Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion.” This right includes freedom to change religion or beliefs, as well as the right to express his religion or beliefs, individually or collectively, in public, as well as in private, through teachings, practice, cult or observance.


Except for the few public religious activities authorized by the government, I have never known a priest to preach in parks, plazas, stadiums or radio or T.V. broadcasts. There are no religious elementary schools, high schools nor universities.

On the other hand, this Congress promoted many black individuals. The new Security General acknowledged the existence of racism in society and criticized that evil which has been allowed by them for over half a century. But in following days, his brother and former leader of the party, made fun of all the efforts to eradicate racism. In his writing, he used demeaning terms and even stated that many descendants of slaves were participating in the Party’s gatherings. This is a phrase of hypocritical content and double entendre which underestimates and hurts the dignity of individuals of the black race. Many black Cubans are proud of their black ancestry whether it be from Africa, Spain or other world regions.

The Communist Party has made innumerable errors throughout a half century. Until when will they continue having to correct errors and negative trends? Stop being impostors; stop lying to the people with your new party dictatorship and the much talked about cosmetic changes to the economy. You are frustrated and have shown your inability to bring about positive changes in the nation and reforms which have human rights as their foundation. It is time for you to leave and allow the Cuban people to find their road to freedom, harmony and prosperity.

Response to ACIP PDF Print E-mail

Response to ACIP


Dear David Ramos:

Thank you for our questions; I hope my answers can help many individuals to reconcile with God and increase their love for Him.

For over twenty years, I have wrapped myself in the wings of the Lord of the Bible. In my Christian heart, I hold the marvelous treasures of faith, hope and love. These divine attributes strengthened me, and I was able to put up with difficult situations: torture and cruel and inhumane treatment imposed on me by the prison guards of the communist government.

The first time I was jailed in the Departmento Provincial de Investigaciones (Provincial Department of Investigations) at 100 Aldabo, a friend asked my wife to take me a copy of Psalm 23. The authorities did not allow me to keep the religious text in my cell. Nevertheless, I was familiar with the psalm and a quick glance helped me recall it. This psalm was my hymn of non violent resistance during my stay in Castro’s prisons.

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Every time I recall this canticle my eyes water. It does not matter to me if someone thinks that I am weak. As Marie Therese, the Archduchess of Austria stated: “I may be accused of being weak but not disloyal.”

My pro life principles and my support of human rights grew stronger and developed during my imprisonment. My promotion and defense of these rights caused me to be held in punishment cells, solitary confinement, and walled in cells. I promoted the rights of the unborn. I gave presentations and showed replica of baby Aido and photographs of unborn children who were killed through various methods of abortion registered in the book Déjame nacer by Magdalena del Amo.

Some people repented of having committed these crimes and even walked away from a sinful life to come to the Lord. And for that, I thank God that I was among the most rejected members of society and that I was able to help some to know biblical principles, Hallelujah!


The Lord heard my supplications. Often, I prayed!

“Guard my soul and protect me!”

Keep me from shame because I have trusted you. May integrity and righteousness guard me because I have trusted in You.

I feel happy to be home next to my wife and be able to visit my parents, relatives, friends and neighbors. Thank you, my God!

During this phase, I am trying to recover my health. Soon, I will be ready for the promotion and quest of human rights for the Cuban people. We also need solidarity with the international community and all people who love freedom.

The communist system failed in Cuba. The citizens are frustrated and wanting change that will bring about better economic conditions and guaranteed civil and political rights.

The Party’s report given by the governing Raul Castro was the official death sentence of the communist system; it destroyed the hope of the people who want changes towards democracy and freedom.

My desire is that the Cuban people be able to enjoy basic rights and live in a free Cuba.

I hope for a Cuba in which Livingstone’s ideas of Christianity, commerce, and civilization will become a reality.

I hope to say as the psalmist: “Blessed is the nation whose God is Yahweh.”


Dr. Oscar Elías Biscet

President Lawton Foundation of Human Rights

April 22, 2011

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