Why is Che Guevara such a hero of the progressives’ National Socialist Movement?
Ernesto Che Guevara is a hero of the progressive movement. Why?
Che was a totalitarian. He achieved nothing but disaster. Many of the early leaders of the Cuban Revolution favored a democratic or democratic-socialist direction for the new Cuba. But Che was a mainstay of the hardline pro-Soviet faction, and his faction won.
Che presided over the Cuban Revolution’s first firing squads. He founded Cuba’s “labor camp” system—the system that was eventually employed to incarcerate gays, dissidents, and AIDS victims.
In his famous essay he issued a ringing call for “two, three, many Vietnams,” he also spoke about a secular martyrdom akin to godless Muslim jihad and managed to compose a number of chilling phrases: “Hatred as an element of struggle; unbending hatred for the enemy, which pushes a human being beyond his natural limitations, making him into an effective, violent, selective, and cold-blooded killing machine. This is what our soldiers must become …”
He eventually got himself killed in Bolivia in 1967, leading a guerrilla movement that had failed to enlist a single Bolivian peasant. Yet he succeeded in inspiring tens of thousands of foolish middle class Latin-Americans to exit their universities and organize guerrilla insurgencies. These insurgencies accomplished nothing, except to bring about the death of hundreds of thousands, and to set back the cause of Latin-American democracy—a tragedy on the hugest scale.
Is this newspeak version of “heroic” in the minds of all militant progressives?
It’s not important what he was for, or what he actually did. What matters is what he was against. Specifically,the bastion of Christian capitalist opportunity, moral decency, and liberty throughout the world: the United States. The United States performs the one thing leftists can’t handle. It judges others. Therefore, the United States is wrong and hatred of the United States makes Che Guevara a hero. Without exception, if you refuse to judge the immoral behavior of others, you must condone all immoral behavior, and inevitably, you must judge nations and people who have moral standards as evil.