O facto do excepcional cantor e compositor cubano Sílvio Rodriguez ter sido proibido pelas autoridades norte-americanas, de se deslocar aos Estados Unidos da América, no passado dia 3 de Maio, quando pretendia participar na homenagem a Pete Seeger, fez-me lembrar um outro episódio sobre as liberdades norte-americanas, citado pelo documentarista John Pilger:
«During the Cold War, a group of Russian journalists toured the United States. On the final day of their visit, they were asked by their hosts for their impressions. 'I have to tell you,' said their spokesman, 'that we were astonished to find after reading all the newspapers and watching TV, that all the opinions on all the vital issues were by and large, the same. To get that result in our country, we imprison people, we tear out their fingernails. Here, you don't have that. What's the secret? How do you do it?'