Is there an alternative to the neoliberal globalization that is ravaging our planet? Collected here are three classic works by Che Guevara, including his essay, "Socialism and Man in Cuba." (Also available in Spanish as Justicia Global ISBN 1-876175-46-X) ...
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Che Guevara on Global Justice Reviews
First of all...... this Spanish was above my level. I jumped from Harry Potter to radical political theory..... A little over-ambitious, it turns out. It took me several weeks to work my way through this tiny little pamphlet. Because of my general difficulty in comprehension, my rating and review probably aren't very accurate or fair. I am very glad I read this. Che was clearly one of the most important figures of the 20th century. As a radical myself, I want to understand how other people approach ideas that I spend a lot of time thinking about. One marked difference between Che and I is his approach to violence. This is especially clear in the last essay, "Crear dos, tres, muchos Viet Nam es la consigna." He makes it very clear that violence is not only okay, but absolutely necessary to overthrow violent, oppressive imperialists. He directs a lot of antagonism specifically towards the US (which he calls the United States of North America, very appropriately). While I'm not philosophically committed to 100% non-violence after the manner of, say, Gandhi, I'm definitely several steps behind him on the ladder. One quote in particular will sum up the crux of our disagreement: "El odio como factor de lucha; el odio intransigente al enemigo, que impulsa más alla de las limitaciones naturales del ser humano y lo convierte en una efectiva, violenta, selectiva y fría máquina de matar. Nuestros soldados tienen que ser así; un pueblo sin odio no puede triunfar sobre un enemigo brutal."In English: Hate is a factor in the fight; hate towards the enemy that pushes further the limitations of a human being and converts him into an effective, violent, selective and cold killing machine. Our soldiers have to be this way; a people without hate cannot triumph over a brutal enemy. Whew! That's pretty strong. Perhaps it's because I was born into the group of oppressors that he is fighting against, however unwillingly, that I'm so uncomfortable with it. But I just think it is so important, in bringing about social change, to remember that your opposition is composed of human beings. Then again, what Che was fighting for was not "social change" but revolution, and rightly so. America has poisoned societies around the world, and continues to do so. It is sickening, truly. But I really like his words in "El socialismo y el hombre" about how no revolution is completed by changing the structures of society. The hearts of the people have to be changed. And I think that, rather than just killing off the bad guys, it is much more important to change their hearts. I think this often has to be done forcefully.... but the motivation should never be hate - it should be love for the people and society you are fighting for. When hate replaces love as our motivator, I think it is too easy for the oppressed to take their newfound power and become the oppressors themselves (a la the Israelits fleeing slavery in Egypt to commit genocide in Canaan). Anyway..... very, very thought-provoking read. I rather want to read it in English now. It is helping me to articulate my own thoughts about things.
Three of Che's most important writings, compiled and republished here in 2001 under the title "Global Justice" (just in time for the Global Justice movement).1. His speech at the Afro-Asian Conference in Algeria, February 19652. "Socialism and Man in Cuba", written March 19653. His famous "Create Two, Three, Many Vietnams" essay, actually titled "Message to the Tricontinental" (Conference on Solidarity with the Peoples of Asia, Africa and Latin America, that was held in Cuba in January 1966)Together we discover the elaboration of the politics and strategy that became dominant among the revolutionary left of the Sixties - anti-imperialism by wars of national liberation, solidarity of oppressed nations against the Yankee empire, and the creation of a new culture and society based on solidarity and self-sacrifice.There are problems of course, we can look at the history of the last 40 years to see the limitations of these politics, but there's also something inspiring about Che's works (written or otherwise) that is time-tested. The question we need to face, and our Sixties predecessors failed to grasp, is how can we deal with our own success? Worth checking out for those interested in the ideas behind the beret and the t-shirt, and i'm pretty sure you can get these essays online.
I read this book in my way back just returning from Cuba, I have to say it did bring me back to my sophomore years of education when I was a fervent socialist idealist. I fully enjoyed this book and found it quite a light refreshing read to get back in track and put my lands in order.“It is necessary to deepen conscious participation, individual and collective, in all the structures of management and production, and to link this to the idea of the need for technical and ideological education, so that the individual will realize that these processes are closely interdependent and their advancement is parallel. In this way the individual will reach total consciousness as a social being, which is equivalent to the full realization as a human creature, once the chains of alienation are broken“
The majority of this booklet consisted of communist propaganda and war mongering. Its saving point is that it calls attention to the destructiveness of neo-colonialism. I'll stick to reading Howard Zinn, Noam Chomsky, and Chris Hedges for political science.
I couldn't get into this book at all