The world is in turmoil. While Western powers and their economic policies continue to tear apart the global whole, the countries of the South have united to demand justice.
This is a long story, which continues and remains on a planet on which human beings have passed directly to an invisible plane. Since the emergence of capitalism we have witnessed the progressive destruction of people, their environment and their freedoms by oppressive forces that abuse in crescendo.
Is this what we human beings are destined for?
In 2016 the English filmmaker Ken Loach, one of my greatest references, premiered the film I, Daniel Blake. An ode to the social realism that we live in European countries, and that is extensible to any neoliberal country.
Loach has spent his entire career dedicated to showing this type of realities that are not usually the favorite dish of movie theaters. With this film, he won the Palme d'Or that same year at the Cannes Film Festival. The film industry had to grant it, because Daniel Blake did not leave anyone unnoticed and because cinema is also a tool for social transformation.
Many people think that paradise exists in first world countries. When they get to them, they discover how wrong they were. Others, who have never been, continue to hear siren songs and clouded with an idea that does not exist. Just like paradise. And Loach has the wonderful ability to capture that reality that is not sold, not advertised, but that abounds and is perennial.
The protagonist, Daniel, is a carpenter who suffers a heart attack and has to fight against the English bureaucracy to receive a pension since he is unable to work. The director highlights the total dehumanization of men and women by addressing the shortcomings and decay of a system that is already unsustainable. In particular, the British assistance system, in total collapse since the policies of Margaret Thatcher.
They filled their mouths with the welfare state, but it vanished, went for tobacco and never returned. As can be seen in the film, Blake befriends in the job demand centers of a single mother who has to move 500 km from her home with her children to take a job.
He sees from the bowels of the English working class how the life of the worker is a number. The bad treatment, the lack of empathy and of course the non-existent sensitivity.
It is even questioned whether a person who has suffered a heart attack and is in poor health, is suitable to continue working at his age -59 years-, in jobs of great physical load. Perhaps if that man were the father of the worker who is caring for him at the Job Center, this worker would have a little more humanity and decency. But do family and friendly ties have to be the only ones that make us move in the face of human injustice? Because like Daniel Blake, there are thousands. And not only in England. In all our westernized countries.
This unjust system no longer has a basis on which to stand. President Miguel Díaz Canel denounced it on Tuesday at the UN.
The countries of the South, those underdeveloped by the abuse of the powerful, also have a voice. As the Cuban President said, they are victims of an "abusive world economic order." Abuses that they also commit with the working class within their own borders as we have been able to observe with Loach.
Díaz Canel asked for justice. Cuba at the UN gave a new lesson in dignity to the world. A world in which inequality grows by leaps and bounds for the benefit and pleasure of a few.
"There is an urgent need for a new and fairer global contract," he said.
Because this capitalism is a predator of human beings, of souls, of the environment and destroys everything that comes its way.
It is an honor for the G77 + China countries that their voices will be raised in the heart of New York for them and for us. A voice that Fidel had already raised some time ago and that still resonates within those walls.
We want justice, we want equality, we want a world in which man lives free and sovereign. And we will fight for him until our last breath.
Cuba is the one who carries the torch in his hand. It guides us. He has the experience of endurance, courage, determination and humanity.
We of us who are her friends can do nothing but follow her, understand her, support her and nourish ourselves with her emancipatory and just spirit.
Because if not... What do we have left? Hopelessness? Dying alone like Daniel Blake?
That's what capitalism is: dying alone in your home and with no one to take care of you like Daniel Blake.