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Ernesto Che Guevara

Ernesto Che Guevara
Location
Sierra Maestra, Cuba
Birthday
December 24
Title
Comandante
Company
July 26 Movement
Bio
I am the conscience of a lost generation. I come back to remind you of the things you have forgotten, of the beliefs you once had and the principles you once lived by. The world is dying, because you have become alienated from your own, true self.

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“If you tremble with indignation at every injustice, then you are a comrade of mine.”

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 “The beginnings will not be easy; they shall be extremely difficult. All the oligarchies' powers of repression, all their capacity for brutality and demagoguery will be placed at the service of their cause. Our mission, in the first hour, shall be to survive; later, we shall follow the perennial example of the guerilla, carrying out armed propaganda ... the great lesson of the invincibility of the guerrillas taking root in the dispossessed masses; the galvanizing of the national spirit, the preparation for harder tasks, for resisting even more violent repressions. Hatred as an element of the struggle; a relentless hatred of the enemy, impelling us over and beyond the natural limitations that man is heir to and transforming him into an effective, violent, selective and cold killing machine. Our soldiers must be thus; a people without hatred cannot vanquish a brutal enemy.” 

 

“Not for a long time shall we be able to know if President Johnson ever seriously thought of bringing about some of the reforms needed by his people — to iron out the barbed class contradictions that grow each day with explosive power. The truth is that the improvements announced under the pompous title of the "Great Society" have dropped into the cesspool of Vietnam.”

-----------------------Message to the Tricontinental, 1967

 

 

 

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“In moments of great peril it is easy to muster a powerful response to moral stimuli; but for them to retain their effect requires the development of a consciousness in which there is a new priority of values. Society as a whole must be converted into a gigantic school.”

 

 

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“Capitalism uses force but it also educates the people to its system. Direct propaganda is carried out by those entrusted with explaining the inevitability of class society, either through some theory of divine origin or through a mechanical theory of natural law.This lulls the masses since they see themselves as being oppressed by an evil against which it is impossible to struggle. Immediately following comes the hope of improvement — and in this, capitalism differed from the preceding caste systems, which offered no possibilities for advancement.”

 

 

 

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 “The laws of capitalism, blind and invisible to the majority, act upon the individual without his thinking about it. He sees only the vastness of a seemingly infinite horizon before him. That is how it is painted by capitalist propagandists, who purport to draw a lesson from the example of Rockefeller — whether or not it is true — about the possibilities of success….The amount of poverty and suffering required for the emergence of a Rockefeller, and the amount of depravity that the accumulation of a fortune of such magnitude entails, are left out of the picture, and it is not always possible to make the people in general see this.”

 

 “At the risk of seeming ridiculous, let me say that the true revolutionary is guided by a great feeling of love. It is impossible to think of a genuine revolutionary lacking this quality. Perhaps it is one of the great dramas of the leader that he or she must combine a passionate spirit with a cold intelligence and make painful decisions without flinching. Our vanguard revolutionaries must idealize this love of the people, of the most sacred causes, and make it one and indivisible. They cannot descend, with small doses of daily affection, to the level where ordinary people put their love into practice…."

 

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"The leaders of the revolution have children just beginning to talk, who are not learning to call their fathers by name; wives, from whom they have to be separated as part of the general sacrifice of their lives to bring the revolution to its fulfilment; the circle of their friends is limited strictly to the number of fellow revolutionists. There is no life outside of the revolution….In these circumstances one must have a great deal of humanity and a strong sense of justice and truth in order not to fall into extreme dogmatism and cold scholasticism, into isolation from the masses. We must strive every day so that this love of living humanity will be transformed into actual deeds, into acts that serve as examples, as a moving force.”

 

 

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“Of course there are dangers in the present situation, and not only that of dogmatism, not only that of weakening the ties with the masses midway in the great task. There is also the danger of weaknesses. If a man thinks that dedicating his entire life to the revolution means, that in return he should not have such worries as that his son lacks certain things, or that his children's shoes are worn out, or that his family lacks some necessity, then he is entering into rationalisations which open his mind to infection by the seeds of future corruption…In our case we have maintained that our children should have or should go without those things that the children of the average man have or go without, and that our families should understand this and strive to uphold this standard. The revolution is made through man, but man must forge his revolutionary spirit day by day.”--------------Man and Socialism in Cuba, 1965   

“In most countries the large landholders realized they couldn't survive alone and promptly entered into alliances with the monopolies — the strongest and most ruthless oppressors of the Latin American peoples. U.S. capital arrived on the scene to exploit the virgin lands and later carried off, unnoticed, all the funds so “generously” given, plus several times the amount originally invested in the “beneficiary” country.”

 

 

 

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 “We, politely referred to as “underdeveloped,” in truth are colonial, semi-colonial or dependent countries. We are countries whose economies have been distorted by imperialism, which has abnormally developed those branches of industry or agriculture needed to complement its complex economy. “Underdevelopment,” or distorted development, brings a dangerous specialization in raw materials, inherent in which is the threat of hunger for all our peoples. We, the “underdeveloped,” are also those with the single crop, the single product, the single market. A single product whose uncertain sale depends on a single market imposing and fixing conditions. That is the great formula for imperialist economic domination.”

----------Cuba as Vanguard, 1961

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“Where a government has come into power through some form of popular vote, fraudulent or not, and maintains at least an appearance of constitutional legality, the guerrilla outbreak cannot be promoted, since the possibilities of peaceful struggle have not yet been exhausted.” 

                                                ----------On Guerilla Warfare, 1960

 

 

 “Our universities produced lawyers and doctors for the old social system, but did not create enough agricultural extension teachers, agronomists, chemists, or physicists. In fact, we do not even have mathematicians…The university cannot be an ivory tower, far away from the society, removed from the practical accomplishments of the Revolution. If such an attitude is maintained, the university will continue giving our society lawyers that we do not need.”

                                      ---------Speech to University Students, 1959

 

 

 

 “I am not Christ or a philanthropist, old lady, I am all the contrary of a Christ.... I fight for the things I believe in, with all the weapons at my disposal and try to leave the other man dead so that I don't get nailed to a cross or any other place.”                                     ----Letter to his mother, 1956

 

 

 

 

 Dead Che

 “I know you've come to kill me. Shoot, you are only going to kill a man.”                                   

                              ----Last words, October 9, 1967, Higuera, Bolivia    

 

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This is the real Che, removed from the hype and propaganda, in his own words. Thank you for these quotes. I hope you give us more valuable information on the current state of affairs in Latin America since Che.
Kids wearing t-shirt with Che's picture:
Me: Do you know who that is on your chests?
Kids: My man
Me: My man who?
Kids: ya know
Me: What is his name
Kids: fuck you lady

thank you for this....it is always great to have information here.
Keep up the good work...As a historian, see if yu can pass my quiz of the day.

Lyn

stop the advance of the 451s
Latin America is slowly becoming more free, as the threat of the Cold War passes, as the imperialist powers become more arrogant and cast their gaze elsewhere.

The furthest advance of the enemy often occurs at the same time as his last resources are depleted. Yes, the right wing pervades the Continent. But it is also in the light and all can see its Yankee warts.

Ours is a time of sorrow, but also a time of much opportunity.
The movie Che and the Motorcycle Diaries was very interesting stuff. By putting his face on t-shirts, they weakened his message. But also, perhaps, made folks more tolerant of his ideas. Socialism is less controversial now, due to its constantly "thrown about" nature. Those who fear it so much, do very little to keep it out of the popular consciousness
i fear there are not enough like him, and too few by far who will follow him. so we must make do with chavez, correa, morales, castro and the new president of brazil, roussef.

less fiery rhetoric, but that they come to power with votes rather than bullets in recent days must be good news.
These men are great democratic champions of the people. Latin Democracy works where Yankee Democracy fails.

Your people are only now realizing this, but we have known it since the Gringo Teddy Roosevelt raped Columbia to create the Panama Canal.

No more gunboat diplomacy!
Viva la revolution
rated with hugs
I hug you back, my warm yankee comrade!
Ernesto "Che" Guevara de la Serna was and always will be one of my real life heroes. I first read about him in the book, still on my shelf: Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life, which I read after having seen Motorcycle Diaries.
If only we could all be immortal through our deeds as is Che. Even his name rings of spirit, doen't it.
Che was pure. He was beautiful. He was moral. He had a code of ethics and he lived by them. He was the iconic revolutionary. He will live forever!

Chavez, Morales, Subcomadante Marcos, maybe Correa, and others in Latin America. This is Democracy. This is where the hope is for the future of mankind. Not Obombya.

Viva la revolucion!

A better world is possible.
His extraordinary intellect and his courage gives me hope for humanity
Pleased to meet you.
Typical OS.

If you're Black, get back
If you're Yella good fella
If you're brown, stick around.

If you ever call me out in a post again, you troll, I will be relentless.
If you are wrong, you are wrong and I will point this out.

Didn't MLK say that "The Truth Will Set You Free" ?????

8)
Why must you threaten violence? Are you internalizing the violence of the white capitalist Gringo exploiters?
Xenonlit is just pissed you busted her on her weak post and she can't let it go. Seems like she is the troll.