The Militant Communist Legacy of Ernesto Che Guevara
---Hassan Nasir, Communist Mazdoor Kissan Party
ERNESTO (Che) GUEVARA is a cult figure of the leftist youth all
over the world. While nearly everyone on the left admires Guevara few
really understand who he was and what he stood for. There has been an
attempt on the part of wide circles of liberal leftists to convert
Guevara into a harmless cultural icon. It is unfortunate that "Che"
as understood by the liberal left is mainstream Che. The real Che
Guevara is obscured from view and rendered harmless with this subtle
Just like there is an attempt to make Faiz Ahmed Faiz into
a "humanist" and to ignore his life-long affiliation with the
communist movement, there is a similar attempt to render Che into "an
idealistic rebellious young man." Many young people are shocked to
even hear that Che was a communist. They hear of him as a rebel but
never as a communist rebel. They are even more shocked to find that
Che abhorred anarchism, pacifism, liberalism, and all `non-
hierarchical' forms of organizations or resistance movements. In
fact, Che was a strict (some even say overly strict) disciplinarian
and an extremely exacting taskmaster. If anything he was the
equivalent of the Latin American Jacobin for the communist movement.
Guevara was totally opposed to bourgeois individualism. In March of
1960, he declared that, "one has to constantly think on behalf of
masses and not on behalf of individuals...It's criminal to think of
individuals because the needs of the individual become completely
weakened in the face of the needs of the human conglomeration." In
August of 1964, Che postulated that the individual, "becomes happy to
feel himself a cog in the wheel, a cog that has its own
characteristics and is necessary though not indispensable, to the
production process, a conscious cog, a cog that has its own motor,
and that consciously tries to push itself harder and harder to carry
to a happy conclusion one of the premises of the construction of
socialism -- creating a sufficient quantity of consumer goods for the
entire population."(Anderson, pp.470, 605)
And if that wasn't enough to shock you about the person on your
coffee mug or hip T-shirt, Che Guevara was an open admirer of Joseph
Stalin. While traveling across Latin America Che witnessed first hand
the awful exploitation of the continent by US imperialism and
specifically the United Fruit Company. This experience made Guevara a
supporter of the Soviet Union and Stalin. While traveling through
Costa Rica he wrote to his aunt Beatriz telling her that he had
sworn "before a picture of our, old much lamented comrade Stalin that
I will not rest until I see these capitalist octopuses annihilated."
Another letter to the same aunt was signed with the words "Stalin
II." (p.62 and Anderson, p.167). Even after Khrushchev's so-
called `revelations' of Stalin's crimes at the 20th Congress, Che did
not change his views about Stalin. In fact, when Guevara visited the
USSR in his capacity as one of the most important leaders of the
victorious Cuban revolution in November of 1960, he insisted on
depositing a floral tribute at Stalin's tomb (p. 181).
Che is a symbol of militant communism.
Che must not be abandoned to those who pervert his views and turn
him into a garden liberal.
Long Live the Militant Communist Legacy of CHE !!!