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“Our youth must always be free, discussing and exchanging ideas concerned with what is happening throughout the entire world.”

“If you tremble with indignation at every injustice, then you are a comrade of mine”. As quoted in The Quotable Rebel : Political Quotations for Dangerous Times (2005)

“We should not go to the people and say, “Here we are. We come to give you the charity of our presence, to teach you our science, to show you your errors, your lack of culture, your ignorance of elementary things. We should go instead with an inquiring mind and a humble spirit to learn at that great source of wisdom that is the people.”

“There are no boundaries in this struggle to the death. We cannot be indifferent to what happens anywhere in the world, for a victory by any country over imperialism is our victory; just as any country’s defeat is a defeat for all of us.”

“Above all, try always to be able to feel deeply any injustice committed against any person in any part of the world. It is the most beautiful quality of a revolutionary.”

“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.”

“The ultimate and most important revolutionary aspiration: to see human beings liberated from their alienation”.

“We, politely referred to as “underdeveloped,” in truth are colonial, semi-colonial or dependent countries”

“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.”

“For us there is no valid definition of socialism other than the abolition of the exploitation of one human being by another.”

“In capitalist society individuals are controlled by a pitiless law usually beyond their comprehension. The alienated human specimen is tied to society as a whole by an invisible umbilical cord: the law of value. This law acts upon all aspects of one’s life, shaping its course and destiny.”

“Socialism cannot exist without a change in consciousness resulting in a new fraternal attitude toward humanity, both at an individual level, within the societies where socialism is being built or has been built, and on a world scale, with regard to all peoples suffering from imperialist oppression.”

“Democracy cannot consist solely of elections that are nearly always fictitious and managed by rich landowners and professional politicians.”

“The merit of Marx is that he suddenly produces a qualitative change in the history of social thought. He interprets history, understands its dynamic, predicts the future, but in addition to predicting it, he expresses a revolutionary concept: the world must not only be interpreted, it must be transformed.”

“I am not a liberator. Liberators do not exist. The people liberate themselves”. Statement in Mexico (1958); as quoted in Kaplan AP World History 2005 (2004)

“The revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe. You have to make it fall.” Intercontinental Press (Vol. 3 January -April 1965

“I am not interested in dry economic socialism. We are fighting against misery, but we are also fighting against alienation. One of the fundamental objectives of Marxism is to remove interest, the factor of individual interest, and gain, from people’s psychological motivations.Marx was preoccupied both with economic factors and with their repercussions on the spirit. If communism isn’t interested in this too, it may be a method of distributing goods, but it will never be a revolutionary way of life.” As quoted in The Many Faces of Socialism Comparative Sociology and Politic

“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 (July 15, 1956) as quoted in Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life (1997)

“The situation was uncomfortable for the people and for [Eutimio], so I ended the problem giving him a shot with a .32 pistol in the right side of the brain, with exit orifice in the right temporal [lobe]. He gasped for a little while and was dead. Upon proceeding to remove his belongings I couldn’t get off the watch tied by a chain to his belt, and then he told me in a steady voice farther away than fear: “Yank it off, boy, what does it matter.” I did so and his possessions were now mine.” Diary entry from Sierra Maestra on the execution of Eutimio Guerra as an anti-revolutionary spy (January 1957), quoted in Che Guevara : A Revolutionary Life (1997)

About Che

Che T-shirts are among the first things you’ll see after landing at the Havana airport. But at least the Cubans know whom they’re glorifying. In the United States, Che’s life story and ambitions seem beside the point, or maybe they’ve just been reduced to caricature. The guy’s face is shorthand for “I’m against the status quo.” He’s politics’ answer to James Dean, a rebel with a very specific cause. David Segal, journalist, in “The Che Cachet” in The Washington Post (7 February 2006)

Che is a figure who can constantly be examined and re-examined. To the younger, post-cold-war generation of Latin Americans, Che stands up as the perennial Icarus, a self-immolating figure who represents the romantic tragedy of youth. Their Che is not just a potent figure of protest, but the idealistic, questioning kid who exists in every society and every time. Jon Lee Anderson, author of Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life (1997), in The New York Times (26 May 2004)

What has made Guevara a cultural icon is not his example for poor countries, but his capacity to provoke empathy among the spoiled youth of the affluent West. Mark Falcoff, in “He Thinks We Still Care” a review of Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life

We can in no way accept that my father should appear on women’s underwear or men’s underwear or that it should be on the back pocket of a pair of jeans or that they use it as a commercial image for a pair of glasses. We think that is lacking in respect and we won’t accept that. Aleida Guevara as quoted in “Guevara’s daughter has a cause, in the image of her father” in The Age (28 June 2003)

Che was not only a heroic fighter, but a revolutionary thinker, with a political and moral project and a system of ideas and values for which he fought and gave his life. The philosophy which gave his political and ideological choices their coherence, colour, and taste was a deep revolutionary humanism. For Che, the true Communist, the true revolutionary was one who felt that the great problems of all humanity were his or her personal problems, one who was capable of feeling anguish whenever someone was assassinated, no matter where it was in the world, and of feeling exultation whenever a new banner of liberty was raised somewhere else. Michael Löwy, author of The Marxism of Che Guevara,

“Che was the most complete human being of our age.” Jean-Paul Sartre, as quoted in the trailer for the film Motorcyle Diaries (2004)

To his critics, Guevara was a trigger-happy megalomaniac whose bloody example led thousands to their deaths in futile uprisings that only hardened military repression from Guatemala to Chile. Patrick J. McDonnell, journalist, “Che Guevara’s legacy looms larger than ever in Latin America” in The Los Angeles Times (8 October 2007)

Most people don’t know the real Che Guevara — the Che Guevara who wrote that he was thirsty for blood, the Che who assassinated thousands of people without any regard for any real legal process. Felix Rodriguez, CIA agent who relayed the order from Bolivian president René Barrientos and the Bolivian military high command to execute Guevara BBC


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