[Marxism] Che's Legacy

Néstor Gorojovsky nmgoro at gmail.com
Fri Oct 12 06:37:06 MDT 2007


We revolutionaries of course are with Ernesto Guevara, el Che, at his
best. But it is silly not to try to understand what it was that turned
him into a palatable icon for _reactionaries_ and _capitalists_ the
world over.

We cannot glorify his mistakes, because THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT THEY WANT US TO DO.

Rome was by no means afraid of Guevara. Bureaucrats were, but Rome
knew that el Che was taking himself to a bad end with his suicidal
theory that if you set some guerrilla bases in the Córdoba Hills (more
or less like the Poconos) you would launch a revolution in Argentina.

Two generations cost us that mistake. And I _do_ consider Guevara an
example of personal integrity and revolutionary élan.

However, his politics was an enormous tragedy.

It is far time we should accept this.

BTW: the ideological, family and political origins of Ernesto Guevara
de la Serna are usually misrepresented.  Lots.

Rome was afr

2007/10/12, Jscotlive at aol.com <Jscotlive at aol.com>:
> Nestor writes:
>
> I slightly beg to differ. The reasons behind the posthumous glory  of
> Ernesto Guevara de la Serna have more to do with the fact that  his
> theses, in the end, proved an enormous mistake, than to anything  else.
> This goes a long way into explaining his current  santification.
>
> Reply:
>
> I completely disagree. The reason for the glorification of Che and his life
> is the implacability of his opposition to imperialism, exploitation, and
> oppression. His internationalism was and is an inspiration to socialists,
> Marxists, to the poor of the undeveloped world. In the end he failed, that is  true,
> but given the weight of opposition he faced, we all face, the almost
> limitless resources which Capital has at its disposal, his life and work  has to be
> measured as a success. Indeed, it is indisputable that this work  endures in
> what is taking place in Latin America today. History is not measured  in years,
> it's measured in generations.
>
> Chou En Lai, I think it was, who was once asked if he thought the  French
> Revolution a success. His reply was that it was too early to  tell.
>
> Rather than look for fault in those who have dared, we should celebrate  that
> fact that they did. In the words of Spartacus from the movie (written by
> Dalton Trumbo as metaphor for a socialist revolution) when Antoninus asks
> Spartacus if they ever could have won, Spartacus replies that when one man says  no
> Rome begins to fear. We were thousands who said no.
>
> When Che was alive Rome feared. It continues to fear every time his memory
> is invoked.
>
> J
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Néstor


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