Grilling the Left and the Extreme Left
Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira (*)
FOR brevity's sake, I will quote only a few excerpts
from a speech by the Cuban dictator published in O Estado de S. Paulo (
In this article published on
In other words, although confronted with Gorbachev's
very questionable openness, the dictator, who has governed the island-prison
for 30 years, has placed himself at the most extreme point of communist
radicalism. It is difficult to ascertain whether anything distinguishes him
from the Chinese hard-liners, responsible for the recent massacres in
Now, the TFPs have always been unceasingly attacked, on
Yet they never attack these leftist-radicals. But, as far as the TFPs are concerned . . .
I now ask these radicals of anti-"radicalism" a question: If evil lies exclusively in radicality, would consistency not oblige you to unleash against Castro the same media uproars you unleash against us? The Cuban dictator's declarations are not less radical than those attributed to us. I demand, then, that you clarify your attitude regarding the dictator's present positions.
Fidel Castro's recent outburst—so closely related to
people, ideological currents and internal situations in our country—provides
occasion for broadening our horizons beyond our borders. As we scan these
horizons, we immediately see our sister nations of
These movement's are obviously supported, for the most
part, by aid from
Thus, Fidel Castro's recent anti-Gorbachevian outburst has evident repercussions upon the whole continent.
In this sense, the South American public will inevitably be curious as to the attitude the extreme left and the moderates will take in face of Fidel Castro's rupture with Gorbachev. And this is also what really rouses the curiosity of the Brazilian TFP. I have every reason to believe that this same curiosity stirs the TFPs of our sister if not also neighboring countries.
Not speaking in their name, but on my own as part of this large family of souls of the TFP, let me note that the aforementioned article in O Estado is dated October 31. Yet, November has come and gone without anything having been said, whether from the extreme-left or from the center-left, about this new and garish outburst of Castro-ian radicality.
In view of this silence, it is time to question the adherents of each current. To the unvarnished communist, the terms of this inquiry are simple: Why are you silent? What holds you back? How long will you remain quiet?
But I address the finer and more incisive questions to the complex adherents of the center-left. Thus, you fence sitters, middle-of-the-roaders, and the like, inveterate toads or hopeless "useful innocents," fanatics of anti-"fanaticism," come right out and say what you think of Fidel's bold radicalism. I expect one of your eloquent leaders to accept our invitation.
I make yet another: With all frankness, tell us what
you think of those who are now in power in
I am all ears.
“Folha de S. Paulo”,