[Marxism] Che Guevara movies

Craig Brozefsky craig at red-bean.com
Thu Jul 22 08:40:26 MDT 2004

Louis Proyect <lnp3 at panix.com> writes:

> 'In a way, 1968 began in 1967 with the murder of Che,' says the
> author and political journalist, Christopher Hitchens, who describes
> himself as 'a recovering Marxist, not ashamed, not unbowed, but
> thoughtful'. Like many who came of age politically in the late
> Sixties, Hitchens was in thrall to the personality cult that
> attended Che. 'His death meant a lot to me, and countless like me,
> at the time. He was a role model, albeit an impossible one for us
> bourgeois romantics insofar as he went and did what revolutionaries
> were meant to do - fought and died for his beliefs.'

Walking corpses pick over the bones of the long dead and buried;
pitiable and contemptable.  I'm compelled to kick them in the ribs, to
shoo them away like dogs.  But, they are already dead, and I cannot
muster the hate and indignation needed to land a solid kick.

> In Cuba, Guevara remains a quasi- saintly figure, as well as a
> symbol of what was, and what might have been, in Castro's now
> faltering state. Though it has survived decades of sanctions and
> attempts to assassinate its leader, the socialist republic of Cuba
> is now under threat from within: sex tourism and Castro's treatment
> of dissidents and gays have long since sullied the idea of equality
> that underpinned the revolution of 1959. And yet, the myth of Che
> endures.

Even the dead will be used against the living.  Butchered by the
millions, the bodies will be dumped upon the survivors.  The living
should be thankful, as they suffocate under the dead weight of their
loved ones, because once out of sight they will no longer have to
endure the paternal pity and condescension of the bourgeois romantics,
the walking corpses.

> Today, Che lives! all right, but not in the way he or his fellow
> revolutionaries could ever have imagined in their worst
> nightmares. He has become a global brand.

The spectacle, the simulacra, lies in mistaking the chattering of the
walking dead with the voices of the living.

> 'Ironically, Che's life has been emptied of the meaning he would
> have wanted it to have,' asserts Jorge Castañeda, author of
> Compañero: The Life and Death of Che Guevara . 'Whatever the left
> might think, he has long since ceased to be an ideological and
> political figure.'  Castañeda insists, though, that Che still
> possesses 'an extraordinary relevance. He's a symbol of a time when
> people died heroically for what they believed in. People don't do
> that any more.

To "fight for your beliefs and die heroically" is a bourgeois romantic
notion, and it is no wonder that the walking dead attempt to replace a
living, breathing man with their own phantasmagoric martyr.  When the
illusion is washed away, they whine thru their dry, cracked lips.

Still, I cannot muster even the smidgin of anger needed to kick them
in their repugnant, distended asses and send them on their way to the

Sincerely, Craig Brozefsky <craig at red-bean.com>
Kontact -- http://www.red-bean.com/kontact/wiki.cgi

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