February 18, 2009
The Real Che Guevara
In light of Hollyweird having excreted yet another hagiography of Fidel Castro's sociopathic executioner, Moonbattery is honored to present a guest editorial by Dr. Douglas Young, Professor of Political Science and History at Gainesville State College in Gainesville, Georgia:
Hollywood has dutifully churned out yet another cinematic agitprop paean to a leftist "martyr," this time Ernesto Guevara. So let's recall the real "Che" and try to discern why many supposedly democratic, civil libertarian liberals still swoon over this Stalinist mass-murderer.
The meticulous myth of Senor Guevara is of a handsome Argentine heroically helping Fidel Castro's guerrillas liberate Cuba from Fulgencio Batista's military dictatorship in 1959. Then he became a global revolutionary icon inspiring the downtrodden to rise up everywhere, even personally leading rebel warriors in the Congo before being executed doing the same in Bolivia in 1967. The (communist) party line says Che personifies the selfless humanitarian courageously fighting for "social justice." He's the Marxists' martyred Christ figure replete with pictures of his half-naked corpse riddled with bullet holes. And the classic poster of an angry young Guevara has scarred countless college dorm rooms for over 40 years, putting a face on the eternally young rebel for angry adolescents everywhere.
The real Guevara was a reckless bourgeois adrenaline-junkie seeking a place in history as a liberator of the oppressed. But this fanatic's vehicle of "liberation" was Stalinism, named for Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, murderer of well over 20 million of his own people. As one of Castro's top lieutenants, Che helped steer Cuba's revolutionary regime in a radically repressive direction. Soon after overthrowing Batista, Guevara choreographed the executions of hundreds of Batista officials without any fair trials. He thought nothing of summarily executing even fellow guerrillas suspected of disloyalty and shot one himself with no due process.
Che was a purist political fanatic who saw everything in stark black and white. Therefore he vociferously opposed freedoms of religion, speech, press, assembly, protest, or any other rights not completely consistent with his North Korean-style communism. How many rock music-loving teens sporting Guevara t-shirts today know their hero supported Cuba's 1960s' repression of the genre? How many homosexual fans know he had gays jailed?
Did the Obama volunteers in that Texas campaign headquarters with Che's poster on the wall know that Guevara fervently opposed any free elections? How "progressive" is that?
How socially just was it that Che was enraged when the Russians blinked during the 1962 Cuban missile crisis and withdrew their nuclear missiles from the island, thus averting a nuclear war? Guevara was such a zealous ideologue that he relished the specter of millions of Cuban lives sacrificed on the altar of communism, declaring Cuba "a people ready to sacrifice itself to nuclear arms, that its ashes might serve as a basis for new societies." Some humanitarian.
Che was a narcissist who boasted that "I have no house, wife, children, parents, or brothers; my friends are friends as long as they think like me, politically." This is a role model for today's "post-political" voters claiming we should get beyond partisanship?
Adding to the ridiculousness of the Che cult is that he was virtually a complete failure. As a medical doctor, he never even had a practice. When put in charge of the Cuban economy at the start of Castro's government, his uncompromising communist diktats ran it completely into the ground, from which it never recovered. Humiliated, and also angry that Castro wasn't fomenting enough revolution abroad, he then tried to lead such quixotic adventures in Argentina, the Congo, and Bolivia, failing miserably everywhere while sacrificing the lives of scores of naive, idealistic young followers as deluded pawns in the service of his personality cult.
Another reason he fled Cuba in the mid-1960s was the complete mess he made of his private life. Though he preached sexual purity to his colleagues, he was a shameless adulterer who abandoned two wives and many children, some legitimate, others not. As a grandson put it, "he was never home." The public Che who supposedly had such great love for humanity privately couldn't stand most folks.
Guevara's promiscuous communist adventurism was the pattern of a terminal adolescent running away from his problems to get caught up in some heroic crusade against his eternal bete noir, "Yankee imperialism."
So why do so many well-heeled American libs still admire this thug? Are the young simply ignorant of his execrable record and drawn to the image of the dashing young rebel? Do older progressives feel guilt for their free market prosperity, and showing solidarity with Che absolves them? Do hippies-turned-yuppies get nostalgic for their youthful protests and rationalize that the symbolism of Che as a "social reformer" eclipses his actual horrific human rights record? And are some American Guevaraistas truly dangerous leftists who seek to emulate their icon and destroy our free, democratic, capitalist society? Ask that guy wearing the Che t-shirt.
Posted by Van Helsing at February 18, 2009 6:47 AM
Dr. Douglas Young, Professor of Political Science and History at Gainesville State College in Gainesville, Georgia........
But thats predictable propaganda coming from Dixie Land.. they have their own "special way" of thinking down there.
Just Look! dixienet.org
Posted by: Fez at February 18, 2009 7:21 AM
Screw hollywood their so in love with communists i mean back in 1980 when they made that crappy movie REDS and now one on the evil CHE GUEVERA what else can one ever expect from these scumballs
Posted by: SPURWING PLOVER at February 18, 2009 7:35 AM
"While workers across America were losing jobs, homes and health insurance, Merrill Lynch paid nearly 700 employees more than $1 million each in bonuses last year, amounting to a $3.6 billion bonus bonanza while Merrill lost $27 billion.
Workers have been sacrificing for years. Average worker paychecks are worth less now than in 1973, but CEOs and other rich Americans not only make much more, they pay less in taxes. Average full-time workers made $41,198 in 1973 and $37,606 in 2008, adjusted for inflation.
CEOs made 45 times as much as workers in 1973 and more than 300 times as much as workers now. The top tax rate was 70% in 1973 and just 35% now; taxpayers pay the top rate on the portion of taxable income that falls within the highest bracket and pay lower rate s on income below that. The top rate for capital gains on the sale of stock and other assets was 36.5% in 1973 and 15% now."
Hey Moonbatteryville! If the above is true... we are winning the battle...god damn! I never allowed myself to think it before but with the economic collapse thats going on now, we may actually be able to bring back slavery or at least indentured servitude. Fucking people... got way too uppity... we're teaching them who's boss though...
Posted by: Fazist at February 18, 2009 7:42 AM
Instead of bitching about CEOs pay, quit your job as a Starbucks coffee pourer, become the CEO of a company, and then set a shining example of correcting the supposed pay disparity.
Posted by: Bah_Humbug at February 18, 2009 8:10 AM
Thanks for the editorial, how would I go about curing myself of my ignorance of Che? Can anyone recommend some material that backs up some of the assertions in this article?
Some heavy ones, mass murder, against free elections, stunted cuban economy (the embargo aside of course)
Its strange hearing outrage on this site about killing people without due process or proper trials. I think everyone on this site could take a lesson from the professor on that. You don't advocate due process when you call for gitmo prisoners to be dropped on mecca from thousands of feet.
Thanks for sharing about this apparently much misunderstood historical figure. I wouldn't worry too much about an election office being against free elections. I also would wait to hear who and why someone put that flag up before assuming it was the secret stalinist agenda of the obama and the 'left'.
Posted by: fine ahht at February 18, 2009 8:33 AM
Read Humberto Fontova's 'Exposing the Real Che Guevara'. An admittedly one-sided attack, but it's a first-hand account from someone who actually experienced the 'greatness' of the left's icon. The book almost drips with blood, and even if 10% of Fontova's claims are true, you can bet that Che is serving his time in a really hot place.
From the Progressive Handbook:
Rule #1: Revise History
Rule #2: Indoctrinate far and wide using revisionist history.
I heard someone say that the depth of the Che-lovin', progressive mindset is slightly thinner than the Che T-shirt they're so proud of wearing.
Posted by: lvb-rocks at February 18, 2009 9:22 AM
fine ahht, the vast majority of it is public knowledge. Guevara's own letters and journals reveal how genuinely sadistic and bloodthirsty he was. By his own admission, when he was in charge of La Cabana prison, he signed over 1,000 death warrants. Many of these, he personally helped carry out (When the firing squad's initial shots failed to actually kill the prisoners, good old Che would walk up the wounded prisoners and blow their brains out with a cranked- up pistol he kept with him), including an unarmed 13- year- old boy whom he shot in the back of the head. There's a reason why the Cuban refugees in places like Miami refer to Guevara as "The Butcher of La Cabana."
The average protestor/ college student just sees Guevara as "That cool revolutionary dude who, like, fought the establishment, man."
Posted by: Adam at February 18, 2009 10:01 AM
The fact that Che is a murderous thug is just SOUTHERN PROPAGANDA!? Funniest thing I have read so far today.
Posted by: Gregory at February 18, 2009 10:02 AM
Regarding those dismissing anything negative about Che because it's "southern propaganda" or from "dixieland" ... let me share a tidbit about the real Ernesto "Che" Guevara ...
“In fact, if Christ himself stood in my way, I, like Nietzsche, would not hesitate to squish him like a worm.”
“Relentless hatred of the enemy impels us over and over, and transforms us into effective and selective violent cold killing machines.”
“I feel my nostrils dilate, savoring the acrid smell of gunpowder and blood, of the enemy’s death.”
“I’m neither a Christ nor a philanthropist. I’m everything contrary to a Christ, and philanthropy seems worthless in comparison to what I believe in. I will fight with all the weapons within my reach rather than let myself be nailed to a cross or whatever.”
“Once more I was able to convince myself how criminal the capitalistic octopuses are. On a picture of our old and bewailed comrade Stalin, I swore not to rest before these capitalistic octopuses are destroyed.”
"The Negro is indolent and a dreamer, spending his meager wage on frivolity and drink; the European has a tradition of work and saving."
The above quotes are a few of the many statements made by Che Guevara.
All those who know the real Che, have the responsibility to counteract the typical “subtle” socialist and communist propaganda! The symbols of the movements are introduced very cleverly in the most unsuspected ways (such as in fashion & art)"romanticized depictions", with the aim to make the regular citizen “impervious” to the ugly reality they represent.
It’s difficult to defeat a “myth”, but there’s plenty of documented facts showing Che Guevara’s despicable acts and crimes against humanity!
I wish you well :) Melek
"Rationality is the recognition of the fact that nothing can alter the truth and nothing can take precedence over that act of perceiving it." ~ Ayn Rand
Posted by: Melek at February 18, 2009 10:38 AM
Ever single time I see some idiot liberal (redundancy) wearing one of these shirts, I wish I had a tub of paint to douse them with.
Posted by: SK at February 18, 2009 12:49 PM
I hope the studio who made this crappy movie loses every dollar it invested in making this junk i hope the director ends up sleeping in a cardboard box and selling pencils just to pay his polo club dues
Posted by: SPURWING PLOVER at February 18, 2009 1:39 PM
I find it odd that whenever the general shit-bag-ness of the Cuban "economy" is brought up, libs have to bring up the embargo. It's almost pavlovian how predictable this is.
It's also odd that they never seem to notice the underlying truth of what they're saying. "The Cuban economy failed because the U.S. stopped trading with them". Take it to the logical next step --
Socialism fails when not propped up by evil ol' Capitalism. If socialism were so great, it wouldn't need to trade with the U.S.; trade with all the "fellow travellers" elswhere in the world would be enough.
Posted by: hiram at February 18, 2009 3:05 PM
hiram, that's exactly right. The entire reason Cuba is communist is because Castro believes communism is supposed to be the superior system. If it's the superior system they don't need us.
Posted by: Kevin R at February 18, 2009 4:55 PM
Thanks lvb rocks
Humberto Fontova's 'Exposing the Real Che Guevara'
I'm going to go find a review of this and look up some stuff.
Adam, this all may be "common knowledge" but I can hardly concede that point to you. I'm betting most people in the US hardly know a thing about che.
Posted by: fine ahht at February 18, 2009 5:47 PM
...what all of you pseudo-intellectual liberals don't know could fill a warehouse district and then some...
Posted by: Max Power at February 18, 2009 8:37 PM
"I'm betting most people in the US hardly know a thing about che."
yeah. that's pretty much what we're getting at here...
Posted by: Anonymous at February 18, 2009 11:54 PM