Whats The Deal With Che Guevara?

Why do so many of my Hispanic brothers and sisters look up to him? I’ve often found this very puzzling. I can understand the admiration for the fact that Che had balls. He knew what he believed in and wasn’t afraid to fight for it. But his positives stop there. That one positive pales in comparison to the utter misery he brought to Cuba. He was a strong supporter of one of the most destructive political/economic systems around, communism. And not light communism either, but the Soviet Union type, the worst one of them all.

What makes matters worse is that he got what he wanted. And Cuba is under dictator rule because of it. Che shouldn’t be adored, he should be deplored. Yet the opposite is true.

Paul Berman, writing for Slate Magazine, writes about The Cult of Che. A definite worth read for anybody interested in Che Guevara.

Update: A Cubans view of Che.

Update2:Brad DeLong, Professor Of Economics at UC Berkeley, chimes in.

Update3: Even more on Che.

Update4: FrontPage has more on Che as well.

10 Responses to “Whats The Deal With Che Guevara?”

  1. […] talism Liberalism — hispanicpundit@hispanicpundit.com @ 1:05 am

    I bloged yesterday about how Che brought economic ruin to Cuba by bringing in communism. But just how bad did th […]

  2. latinopundit says:

    I think it’s the timeless icon we see on T-shirts.

  3. LatinoPundit says:

    It’s The T-shirt
    I have to admit that the romance started with the mono-colored T-shirt logo I saw everyone wearing. But, then I…

  4. blanca che marquez says:

    Being a follower of Ernesto Che Guevara’s beliefs I would have to disagree. HASTA LA VICTORIA SIEMPRE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    bLANCA CHE MARQUEZ

  5. Tom says:

    It was Castro who destroyed Cuba not Che, Che left for Bolivia because hed become disenchanted with the way things were going in Cuba.

  6. That may be true, but it was still Che that wanted soviet style communism implemented in Cuba, and it was primarily that, that destroyed Cuba.

  7. Muslim-guy says:

    [quote]Tom wrote,

    It was Castro who destroyed Cuba not Che, Che left for Bolivia because hed become disenchanted with the way things were going in Cuba.[/quote]

    I agree, but not that he became disenchanted…

    I am not a hispanic… I am a muslim-guy who just came across this…

    I think Che’ may have been a hard-core commi, but his endeavours are a good representation of the human-spirit’s desire to be free from western fetters…

    A Cuban once told me that the Castro of that time was not the same as the one of todays time…. Do you agree?

    Salaam (Peace)

  8. I agree, Castro used to be an anti-communist.

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