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Hi, everybody. This is Stefan Molyneux of Freedomain Radio. Hope you're doing well.
And this is the truth about one of the most revered, iconic and controversial rebels of
the 20th century, The Truth About Che Guevara
So who is the man? Well, his real name was Ernesto Guevara. He was nicknamed Che after
he picked that up as available ticket in his South and Central American travels. It's sort
of the equivalent of maybe y'all in the south or aye in Canada. And he fought in the Cuban
revolution and occupied several high-ranking positions in Fidel Castro's government, his
picture and image, one of the most widely recognized symbols of rebellion in the world
today and the photograph of him which is often silkscreened on t-shirts has been called the
most famous photograph in the world.
Let's hear what some famous leaders themselves have to say about the man. Nelson Mandela
said, "The life of Che is an inspiration to all human beings who cherish freedom. We will
always honor his memory."
Time Magazine wrote: "Wearing a smile of melancholy sweetness that many women find devastating,
Che Guevara guides Cuba with icy calculation, vast competence, high intelligence, and a
perceptive sense of humor."
Rage Against the Machine: "We've considered Che a fifth band member for a long time now
for the simple reason that he exemplifies the integrity and revolutionary ideals to
which we aspire. He was an amazing example of courage, a guy with humanitarian ideals
and the world to act on them."
Christopher Hitchens: "1968, actually began in 1967 with the murder of Che. His death
meant a lot to me and countless like me at the time. He was a role model."
Benicio Del Toro, the actor, said, "Che was just one of those guys who walk the walk and
talk the talk. There's just something cool about people like that. The more I get to
know Che, the more I respect him."
And you can find these in similar accolades all over the place.
What is the truth about Che Guevara? Well, let's start with his deep, deep background.
Che Guevara's father, Ernesto Guevara Lynch, had roots in Spanish and Irish nobility and
with a great grandson of one of the richest man in South America, most of whose fortune
was lost by his descendants also. Actually, quite the case with my own family tree as
well. Ernesto's parents were born in America as their families fled in Argentine dictatorship
to join the California gold rush, 19th century. After returning from exile, his parents got
married. They settled down in Buenos Aires.
Ernesto had a secular upbringing and was an atheist which in the 19th century generally
meant incredibly fertile ground for Marxism as one authority figure was displaced by secular
rationalism, another one tended to rush in to fill the vacuum which was the belief in
the virtue of the totalitarian state. His noble origins and the adventure spirit of
his ancestors influenced him greatly but his father sort of prepared him for a working
life: "The only aristocracy I believe in is the aristocracy of talent," which is I guess
a uniquely aristocratic way of viewing talent versus, say, work.
Ernesto went to college to study architecture, but later dropped out to pursue entrepreneurial
ventures. And of course since Che ended up basically being the son of an entrepreneur
and himself an entrepreneur, it's a little confusing about some of the Marxism but we'll
get to that.
A friend of Ernesto has convinced him he could become rich by growing and selling yerba mate,
a plant used for the mate beverage consumed by millions of South Americans. After visiting
Misiones, a yerba-growing province with plenty of cheap land, he became enthralled by the
prospect of earning a fortune from the green gold. However, he couldn't invest in a plantation
because his money was tied to a yacht-building company he had started with a wealthy relative.
So here you have landowner and fruit exploiter and worker exploiter combined with yacht-building
company, not the greatest credentials for the father of a Marxist unless the Marxism
is purely reactionary.
So Che's mother, Celia de la Serna Y Llosa, was born into an incredibly wealthy family
with roots in Spanish nobility. Tragically, Celia's father committed suicide shortly following
her birth after learning he had syphilis. He drowned himself and there is some speculation
that he got syphilis as a result of an affair. Celia's mother killed herself shortly thereafter,
leaving baby Celia in the care of her older sister Carmen de le Serna.
So a very tragic upbringing for Che's mother which, as you can see as the story unfolds,
will have devastating consequences. Carmen was a feminist and a member of the Argentine
Communist Party who later married a famous communist poet and journalist.
So we have a Marxist feminist which is usually two sides of the same coin or at least socialist
feminist. What kind of son is she going to raise?
Through her sister's influence, Celia became a communist and a feminist herself, rejecting
religion but retaining an affinity for the spiritual, in other words, all the benefits
of religion without having to get up early on Sundays.
During the 1920s and '30s, Celia held frequent meetings to discuss the development of the
Argentine feminist movement. Ernesto, Che's father, was 27 years old at the time and he
met Celia soon after she graduated from the Old Girls Catholic School of the Sacred Heart
in Buenos Aires. They decided to get married, but Celia's family opposed her involvement
with Ernesto seeing through the young entrepreneur's desire to fund his yerba mate fever by tapping
into the clan's great fortune. He needed money, he needed capital, he needed to expand his
land holdings, and basically he was himbo gold digger, at least that is what her family
Celia was yet to turn 21 and under Argentine law, she needed her family's permission to
get married or to receive her inheritance. Ultimately, the lovers forced the consent
of Celia's family by staging an elopement. The marriage was approved, but Celia had to
sue her family to win her inheritance only to receive a portion of it.
Celia and Ernesto finally got married in a private ceremony on November the 10th 1927
and immediately fled to Misiones. Ernesto wrote: "Together we decided what to do with
our lives. Behind lay the penitence, the prudery and the tight circle of relatives and friends
who wanted to impede our marriage."
And just briefly to touch on South and Central America, there was great promise. Argentina
in the 1920s had the same per capita income as United States. There was great promise
of economic growth and stability in South and Central America. Tragically, they got
heavily infected with the viruses of socialism and particularly Marxism which has resulted
in many of the disasters that have occurred since along with a fairly brutal US foreign
After keeping it a secret for three decades, Celia finally revealed that she's been three
months pregnant when she married Ernesto. And they had to stage an elopement because
a woman of course who went to a catholic school and so on, if you conceived a child out of
wed lock, it would have brought great shame to her and her family had it become public
So this accident may explain why or help explain why a committed communist and a feminist married
an entrepreneur, kind of the Bush-Razi enemy. Fleeing Buenos Aires right after the wedding
is also necessary to hide the onset of Celia's pregnancy. When Che Guevara was born, they
had a doctor friend to falsify the date on the birth certificate so they could avoid
a scandal.
After arriving in Misiones, Ernesto used Celia's money to buy 500 acres of jungle land and
the couple of built a roomy wooden house. This is basically a humid hell jungle space
as we'll see. They spent the next few months of Celia's pregnancy engaged in various activities
such as fishing, boating, and horseback riding. As you can see, not a huge amount of work
actually going on which is somewhat necessary if you are an entrepreneur if I remember correctly.
Ernesto, Che's father, couldn't relax. To him, Misiones was a place full of "ferocious
beast, dangerous work, robbery and murders, jungle cyclones, interminable rains, and tropical
diseases." I guess that means he would have fit nicely in congress.
In the spirit of his grandfather, he viewed the jungle as a gold mine that would restore
his family's wealth, and he couldn't wait to start working on it. But as Celia's pregnancy
advanced, they decided to return to civilization so she could give birth in a more comfortable
and secure place. They ended up in the large city of Rosario where Ernesto "Che" Guevara
was born on May 14, 1928. The date on his birth certificate was falsified to June 14th.
The family immediately left for Buenos Aires to show off their son to family and friends,
lying to everyone that he was born prematurely. According to one of Ernesto's sisters, the
infant almost died from pneumonia 40 days after he was born. This, I would imagine,
has something to do with the rigors of travel of course in the '20s in that place of the
world. Travel was pretty harsh.
Ernesto Sr. now desired to get the yerba mate plantation off the ground so the family returned
to their Misiones homestead. Now, we mentioned that sort of 500 acres of humid jungle hell
full of insects, every single night, Che Guevara's father would creep into its infant's room
holding a flashlight while one of his workers used the burning tip of a cigarette to removed
the mites burrowed into the baby's flesh.
Now, this is also similar to, as we see from his later political writings, these early
infant and toddler experiences have a very deep impression on people's ideology, particularly
if they have not rigorously pursued self-knowledge. Hitler used to call Jews the lice burrowing
into the flesh of the German population. This of course was a baby who's used to be so tightly
swaddled. He's like sort of self-bugging baby burritos that they used to wrap the kids in
bandages and so on. The sheets would be full of lice which would burrow into the children's
And so many years later, Che Guevara would claim, after having these mites burrowing
into his flesh as a baby, that the oppressed masses "would turn the wheel of history by
awakening from the long brutalizing sleep to which they had been subjected."
In March 1929, Celia became pregnant with their second child. She hired a young nanny
to take care of her son who was less than a year old. This may indicate, hiring a nanny
when you're a kind of a stay-at-home mom and have servants, may indicate that she was feeling
overwhelmed and may have been suffering from post-partum depression -- pure theorizing,
of course, but it certainly would fit what happened later.
So free of having to take care of young Che, young Ernesto, Celia started swimming daily
in the nearby Parana River. When she was six months pregnant, she got caught by the river's
current and nearly drowned. Two of her husband's workers happened to be nearby and saved her.
Ernesto Sr. would later recall many such near-drowning experiences involving his wife.
So her father drowned himself and she herself was continually exposing herself to risk by
drowning. That is pretty brutal. And of course, as well known now, though it really wasn't
at the time, that stress hormones while a baby is in the mother's womb can cause significant
problems in fetal development. So whether this happened in fact on both the children
or the resulting four children is probably quite considerable.
By now there was friction in the relationship between Che's parents. Celia was reckless
and aloof, preparing to spend her time in isolation. Ernesto was paranoid and emotionally
needy. He needed to have people around him. So you get the usual co-dependent and she
is fleeing, that causes her to pursue him more which causes her to emotionally flee
more and this creates a pretty toxic cycle.
The family moved back to Buenos Aires later the same year and settled down in the city's
outskirts since Celia was about to give birth, and Ernesto Sr. needed to take care of a business-related
problem. One of the investors had withdrawn from his yacht-building company while he was
away. The company was also on the verge of bankruptcy due to the incompetence of Ernesto's
second cousin and business partner.
So in December 1929, Celia gave birth to the second child, a daughter named after her.
Ernesto lost his inheritance soon after the family returned to Buenos Aires. A fire destroyed
the shipyard and they couldn't get any insurance money because his cousin forgot to pay the
premium. He wasn't terribly worried because they could rely on family or friends to survive
financially, not to mention Celia's vast inheritance.
But in this, and we've seen this, and when I've done a video in The Truth About Karl
Marx, there is a tendency of people who end up in Marx's circles to have families who
rely upon manipulation, parasitism and particularly sexual predation upon the working classes,
servants and maids and so on.
On May 2, 1930, during the onset of the Argentine winter, Celia took two-year-old Ernesto swimming.
The boy got sick the same night and doctors diagnosed him with asthmatic bronchitis which
later developed into chronic asthma. This affliction followed Che Guevara for the rest
of his life. Again, I mean I've been a stay-at-home dad for over five years. Taking a two-year-old
swimming during the onset of winter not particularly smart particularly in a time when there were
very few effective antibiotics.
So this began to really dominate family geographic decisions. The damp climate of Misiones made
the family's return to the yerba mate plantation impossible. Ernesto Sr. blames Celia for bringing
about their son's misfortune, and the fallout of the incident strained the marriage almost
to the breaking point.
So Che's father saw his son's illness as a curse. He wrote in his memoir: "Ernesto's
asthma had begun to affect our decisions. Each day imposed new restrictions on our freedom
for movement and each day we found ourselves more at the mercy of that damned sickness,"
not exactly floating on clouds, Florence Nightingale, board of empathy levels of concern for his
In 1931, the Guevaras moved yet again, this time to Buenos Aires itself where Celia would
give birth to their third child, Roberto, a year later. This kind of chaos, this economic
financial and career instability, nobody really has a job. You just got to keep moving. You're
always worried about money. This is quite common in the lives of people who end up with
larger-than-life personalities I suppose.
Following medical recommendations of family travelling back and forth between the dry
climate of Cordoba Province and Buenos Aires in the hopes of alleviating young Ernesto's
condition, but there was no apparent pattern in the manifestation of his affliction which
may mean that it had some psychosomatic elements. Unable to attend his business and with no
hope of improving his son's health, Ernesto Sr. started feeling unstable and unable to
do anything.
So a friend of the family recommended the dry climate of a spa town called Alta Gracia,
so the Guevaras decided to move there indefinitely. And again, you're not going to have friendships
forming and social networks forming and groups forming, which is a kind of an impediment
to the healthy development of a child's empathy.
Despair crept in on Ernesto Sr. He was unable to work while the family funds kept shrinking.
He suffered from insomnia and felt isolated further distancing himself from his children.
And an emotionally absent father has been statistically quite closely tied to a lack
of empathy in the child and particular in the sons.
Meanwhile, Celia became the fun-loving mother that engaged the three children in activities
like hiking, swimming and mule riding. She gave birth to their fourth child, Ana Maria,
in January 1934.
The financial situation of the Guevaras was becoming strained due to the fact that neither
Ernesto nor Celia knew how to handle money in a practical manner. This is also true of
a lot of people who end up on the left. They have parents who don't really seem to understand
or manage the value of money very well. In other words, we were always broke. Therefore,
money is bad. I fight with my girlfriend about money. Therefore, we should eliminate money
because that's really the problem, right?
They became famous for their extravagant lifestyle -- giving dinner parties, going on frequent
vacations, owning a car, and employing three servants. This is a kind of economic entitlement.
No matter what the income, this is how we must live and this kind of great Gatsby hollowing
out of debt-ridden lifestyle is pretty stressful and chaotic and catastrophic, I would say,
for children's development.
The family enjoyed all these luxuries despite constant financial difficulties. Ernesto Sr.
wrote: "They were really bad times for us, so full of economic difficulties. The children
were getting bigger. Ernesto still had his asthma. We spent a lot on doctors and remedies.
We had to pay for domestic help because Celia couldn't manage alone with the kids. There
were school, rent, clothes, food, trips. It was all outgoing costs with little coming
Now, again, the idea of moving somewhere and getting a job and just working on being stable
for your kids doesn't seem to have really particularly come up a lot.
Now, it's not just financial difficulties that are problematic in the Guevaras or among
the Guevaras. The hot-tempered Celia and Ernesto defying absolutely zero stereotypes of South
American or Spanish-based people started having regular shouting matches, the stories of which
became well known in Alta Gracia. According to one of Che's childhood friends, to escape
his parent's arguments, the boy would flee the house and hide in the brushy countryside,
only returning after things had calmed down.
According to Celia's closest friend, the cause of the fights was Ernesto's infidelity. In
an interview, one of Che's cousins would later remark, "Everybody knew he was a lady's man;
Celia knew." At the time, divorce was illegal in Argentina, so Ernesto and Celia decided
to stay together despite their marital problems.
Now, Che's health did improve during his stay in Alta Gracia but he still suffered from
occasional asthma attacks. The young boy joined the local gangs of children, the barras, and
started riding bicycles and playing games like trench warfare with them. I guess that
came in helpful later in Cuba.
His violent side was already showing when he started organizing rock fights between
warring barras. Ernesto Sr. recalled that his son would get into frequent fist fights
with his barra rivals and would become uncontrollable with rage if he felt he had been unjustly
reprimanded or punished.
In an article published by one of Che Guevara's cousins, it was revealed that Che also delighted
in torturing animals from a very young age. So, I don't know. I don't know if he wet his
bed. Arson and torture to animals, one of the three signs of sociopathy, according to
my understanding and you will see how this looks when somebody grows up in just a few
So when he got his asthmatic attacks, Che would have to spend his days confined in bed,
not even able to walk. He filled up the long hours with reading and playing chess. However,
when the conditions subsided, he would be eager to go out and retest his physical boundaries.
Unlike Robert Louis Stevenson and other people who had a lot of illness confinement as children,
his language skills improved considerably as a result of reading and writing and making
up your own stories and games and so on.
Unlike Ernesto Sr., Celia, his mother, encouraged her son's outdoor activities despite the dangerous
consequences. On numerous occasions, the boy was carried home by his friends, hardly able
to breathe. Because of her son's health condition, Celia tutored the boy at home, teaching him
to read and write as well as exposing him to poetry and philosophy.
During this period, young Ernesto formed an incredibly strong bond with his mother, a
bond that would last until the day he died. She was now his favorite parent, or perhaps
he could be called the substitute husband. So moms who are not emotionally connected
to the fathers, to their husbands, would often gravitate towards a boy as a substitute husband,
kind of cling to him and use him as a way of getting back against the husband by showing
intimacy and happiness and so on and it's really, really toxic.
And as we see, the Oedipal complex described by Freud became quite fascinating for him
later on in life. And if a man grows up to be the kind of man which we'll see Che Guevara
grew up to be, then looking at how he was parented is really, really important as I
talked about in the recent video about Elliot Rodger.
While Ernesto Sr. didn't participate much in his son's development, Celia had an almost
symbiotic relationship with the boy that set him apart from the rest of her children. The
home tutoring however wasn't meant to last, and this fusion between a needy and dysfunctional
mother and a son to the exclusion of the other children often produces grandiosity on the
part of the child. "I can do everything. I'm smarter at everyone than anything. Everyone
should do what I say" because he has such control and sort of lack of boundaries with
the mother.
Alta Gracia's educational authorities eventually ordered the family to send their boy to school.
In March 1937, nine-year-old Ernesto entered elementary school starting the second grade
level. So, he's been homeschooled really for the first nine years of his life.
All right. Elba Rossi de Oviedo Zelaya -- and I apologize for all the mispronunciations
-- the schools headmistress and Che's third-grade teacher, remembered him as a mischievous bright
boy undistinguished in class but one who exhibited leadership qualities on the playground. Che
Guevara later noted that Elba Rossi had been a strict disciplinarian and was always spanking
In elementary school, Ernesto became famous for his exhibitionist behavior that shocked
the adults and awed his peers. He ate chalk during class, drank ink out of a bottle, explored
a dangerous abandoned mineshaft and played bullfighter with a ram. This is sort of like
Michelle Rhee, the Washington School Superintendent who tried to reform the schools who ate a
bee that flew into her classroom just to get the kids' attention.
As a kid, Ernesto also engaged in borderline criminal behavior. In the company of his barra
friends, he went around Alta Gracia shooting out street lights with a slingshot. To settle
a score with the rival gang member, Ernesto shat on the ivory keys of a piano that belonged
to his rival's parents. I guess they then played jump shits.
Anyway, on another occasion, he shot burning firecrackers through a neighbor's window and
into a dinner party, scattering the guests and ruining the event. His parents' social
status allowed him to get away with all of these transgressions.
Now, the Spanish Civil War began in 1936 when young Ernesto was eight years old. And for
more on this, you can of course read George Orwell's Homage to Catalonia. His mother's
sister, Carmen, stayed with the family while her husband was deployed as a correspondent
for a Buenos Aires newspaper. She read the letters she got from him to the entire clan,
bringing home the reality of the war in all its details and inspiring Ernesto Jr. to follow
the unfolding events by marking the movement of the Republican and Fascist armies on a
There was great hope for the left anarchists that the Spanish Civil War was going to bring
to fruition the communist anarchist dream of a propertiless, stateless society. It generally
descended into the usual totalitarian horror show, but we'll talk about that in another
podcast or a video.
But the fact that his father was out there basically praising the war, writing about
how wonderful it was and how exciting it was, these things have a very, very deep impression
upon an eight-year-old boy.
Now, of course, September 1939, World War II began in earnest after the British declared
war on Germany for the invasion of Poland and Ernest Sr. threw his energy into the pro-Allies
Acción Argentina group. He and his colleagues monitored suspicious activities in their community,
fearful of a Nazi infiltration or a possible invasion. Ernesto Jr. was very enthusiastic
about joining the youth wing of Acción Argentina. "All the free time he had outside of his play
time and study, he spent collaborating with us," recalled his father.
So Che or Ernesto Jr. had sex for the first time with a servant girl from a friend's house
when he was about 14. He and his friends continued to target women of low social status, primarily
servants, for sex. This behavior continued into his adulthood.
So basically, this preying upon the economic underclasses and then complaining about capitalists
preying upon the economic underclasses is obviously just a matter of psychological projection
that he himself, just like Marx, preyed upon women of local status sexually and then thought
that the major problem was the United Fruit Company.
According to one of his childhood friends from Alta Gracia, young Che earned the nickname
"Fast Rooster" when he, in the middle of having dinner with his friends, forced a servant
girl to climb unto the table and had sex with her. "After he finished," says the friend,
"he got rid of the poor devil and continued eating as if nothing had happened.
So I mean just take a moment and picture this, that as mid-teens you're having dinner with
some friends and a servant girl is basically thrown onto the table, is raped, is thrown
off the table and then the rapist sits down and just continues to eat as if nothing had
happened. This is so astoundingly disturbed and disturbing behavior that it's almost impossible
to comprehend. This is sort of like a layer of Dante in hell that pure psychopathy and
sociopathy would be inhabiting. This rapist of the underclass, of economic underclasses,
is praised and people wear his t-shirts.
A few years later, Che, had a romantic relationship with his cousin, the daughter of his aunt
Carmen. "One day we were playing on a terrace of my house and Ernesto asked me if I was
now a woman," recalled the cousin about the beginning of their relationship. "Ernesto
was so handsome."
His cousin wasn't the only one who was attracted to him. "The truth is we were all a little
in love with Ernesto," confessed the wellborn girl from Cordoba because sociopaths, rapists,
people who engage in physical assault as children and so on, I mean if they're handsome and
charming, then the world tragically and the future soap print industry is their oyster.
In March 1942, Ernesto began attending one of the best state-run high schools, the Colegio
Nacional Dean Funes in Cordoba. A year later, ending their 11-year stay in Alta Gracia,
the Guevara clan moved to Cordoba.
In high school, continuing his exhibitionist behavior or no boundaries and sexual predation,
Ernesto managed to earn himself several nicknames. Che's friend, Alberto Granado, recalled: "They
called him El Loco, Crazy Guevara. He liked to be a little bit of a terrible lad. He boasted
about how seldom he bathed, for example. They also called him Chancho," which is pig. "He
used to say, 'It's been 25 week since I washed this rugby shirt. How about a hug, comrade?'"
During his teenager years, Ernesto took great interest in the works of Freud and Bertrand
Russell. He was now reading everyone from the ancient Greeks to Aldus Huxley, Benito
Mussolini on fascism, Joseph Stalin and Karl Marx on Marxism. He also enjoyed the works
of Franz Kafka whose novels had a profound impact on him and John Paul Sartre; Sartre,
of course, was also a sexual predator who used his position at a university to engage
in threesomes with Simone de Beauvoir, his wife, who actually kind of hated them.
In 1945, the 17-year-old Ernesto decided to take a course in philosophy and became fascinated
by the discipline. Not so much at practicing it; I guess just studying it. He began writing
the first of several philosophical dictionaries where he quoted passages from his favorite
On love, patriotism and sexual morality, he consulted Bertrand Russell's Old and New Sexual
Morality. Bertrand Russell -- serial affair monger, not exactly a sexual predator but
not of the highest level of romantic integrity. He was also captivated by Freud's work -- dreams,
libido, narcissism and the Oedipus complex.
He quoted Nietzsche on death and Jack London on society. He was also interested in Hitler's
thoughts on Marxism, which he found in Mein Kampf. The dominant figures of his later diaries
were Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels and Vladimir Lenin. So, pretty much rapist, parasite on
the working class and mass murderer. Can't go badly from here, right?
Around the time he became involved with philosophy and psychology, his family and friends were
noticing that he became a lot more withdrawn. He no longer sought constant detention, preferring
isolation instead.
In May 1947, Ernesto paternal grandmother died after suffering a stroke, leaving her
grandson inconsolable. Celia, his young sister, recalled that she had never seen Ernesto so
grief-stricken. It must have been one of the greatest sadnesses of his life. His grandmother's
death and his desire to cure his asthma influenced his decision to become a physician. And in
1948, he entered the University of Buenos Aires to study medicine.
Ernesto's inner turmoil is very apparent in a poem he wrote when he was 19:
I know it! I know it! If I get out of here the river swallows me...
It is my destiny: Today I must die! But no, willpower can overcome everything
These are the obstacles, I admit it I don't want to come out.
If I have to die, it will be in this cave. The bullets, what can the bullets do to me
if my destiny is to die by drowning. But I am
going to overcome destiny. Destiny can be achieved by willpower.
Die, yes, but riddled with bullets, destroyed by the bayonets, if not,
no. Drowned, no... a memory more lasting than my name
Is to fight, to die fighting.
Now, his grandfather killed by drowning, he almost died by drowning and so on. So a lot
of these early childhood memories are still resonating in his mind.
By the early 1950s, the deep-seated hostility towards United States had already taken roots
in Ernesto's mind. Now, for those who don't the intricate history of the expansion of
Marxism and communism, there was to be a world revolution which was to be provoked by reminding
the working classes of how badly they were being exploited by the Bush-Razian capitalist
classes, and the United States was a huge problem for a communist thought.
Because according to communist thought, the communist economy is Marxist economy. Soviet
economy should be vastly outstripping without the profit motive, vastly outstripping the
capitalist economies in terms of wealth, growth, freedom, power and so on. The United States
was vastly outstripping the world economy after the Second World War for a variety of
reasons which of is a huge problem for Marxist theory. So the fact that Marxists have a hostility
toward the United States is as much ideological as it is out of some pretty legitimate criticisms
of US foreign policy.
So Dolores Moyano Martin, a childhood friend of Che's, said, "In his eyes, the twin evils
in Latin America were the native oligarchies and the United States. He would disconcert
both the nationalists and communists by being anti-American without subscribing to either
of their points of view.
"I was never able to convince him that the United States foreign policy was, more often
than not, the bumbling creature of ignorance and error rather than the world-designed strategy
of a sinister cabal. He was convinced of the dark princes of evil who directed every US
move abroad." The old thing: never ascribe to malignancy that which can be more accurately
explained by incompetence.
On January 4, '52, Ernesto set out on a motorcycle journey across South America that he documented
in his famous "Motorcycle Diaries." You may have seen the 2006 movie. He often boasted
about his noble ancestry.
In his diary, Ernesto wrote: "The blacks, those magnificent examples of the African
race, who have maintained their racial purity, thanks to their lack of an affinity with bathing,
have seen their territory invaded by a new kind of slave, the Portuguese. And the two
ancient races have now begun a hard life together, fraught with bickering and squabbles. Discrimination
and poverty unite them in a daily fight for survival, but their different ways of approaching
life separate them completely: the black is indolent and a dreamer, spending his meager
wage on frivolity or drink; the European has a tradition of work and saving, which has
pursued him as far as this corner of America and drives him to advance himself even independently
of his own individual aspirations." So kind of a racist as well.
In the margin of his diary, Ernesto scribbled the following: "I knew that when the great
guiding spirit cleaves humanity into two antagonistic halves, I would be with the people. I know
this, I see it printed in the night sky that I, eclectic dissembler of doctrine and psychoanalyst
of dogma, howling like one possessed, will assault the barricades or the trenches, will
take my bloodstained weapon and, consumed with fury, slaughter any enemy who falls into
my hands."
So it's good thing he didn't release this on YouTube prior to going down to Isla Vista
with guns and knives.
"And I see, as if a great exhaustion smothers this fresh exaltation, I see myself, immolated
in the genuine revolution, the great equalizer of individual will, proclaiming the ultimate
mea culpa [confession]. I feel my nostrils dilate, savoring the acrid smell of gunpowder
and blood, the enemy's death; I steel my body, ready to do battle, and prepare myself to
be a sacred space within which the bestial howl of the triumphant proletariat can resound
with new energy and new hope."
Well, he was to get his wish for all the power his shredded heart could desire.
In June 1953, upon returning from his South American journeys, Ernesto completed his studies
and obtained a medical degree. Now, of course, where did he get the money for this rambling
around this motorcycle journey? Well, from others, not from his own work. So again, preying
upon the working classes, in one form or another, is a consistent theme in young Marxists.
Ernesto went on another trip immediately after graduating. His family kept funding these
adventures as he was constantly unemployed.
In December '53, he stopped in Guatemala. There he was introduced to his first wife,
Hilda Gadea Acosta, a wealthy Peruvian economist and communist leader who had ties with high-ranking
officials in the government of Jacobo Árbenz Guzmán.
Ernesto fled the company with Gaeda in June 1954 after Árbenz was overthrown in a coup
d'état. In his mind, the US had toppled the "last Latin American revolutionary democracy."
Gadea later wrote: "It was Guatemala which finally convinced him of the necessity for
armed struggle and for taking the initiative against imperialism. By the time he left,
he was sure of this." Although it could also be that his narcissism, his grandiosity, his
capacity for violence saw the overthrow of a government and thought he would like to
do that himself, to have the power that he saw other people taking.
Guevara arrived in Mexico City in early September of 1954 and started working in the allergy
section of a hospital.
In June '55, through his Cuban contacts, Ernesto met Raul Castro who subsequently introduced
him to his older brother, Fidel Castro, a revolutionary plotting to overthrow the Cuban
government of Fulgencio Batista, also because he could not grow quite the beard he needed
to be the bass player in his ZZ Top.
Many years later, declassified Soviet documents revealed Raul Castro as a reliable KGB contact
since 1953. Now again, you've probably have some awareness of the history of communism
but the history of communism, to those who look at the history of the 20th century with
any remotely objective eyes, is far more violent, egregious, and murderous than the history
of Nazism. So it basically is being introduced to Hitler by Himmler the idea that you are
going to be introduced to Fidel Castro by a KGB agent, by a Nazi agent.
In June 24, 1956, Che Guevara was arrested alongside other future guerrillas and the
card of the local KGB agent, Nikolai Leonov, was found in his wallet. During his interrogation
by the police, he openly admitted his communism and declared his belief in the need for armed
revolutionary struggle, not only in Cuba but throughout Latin America.
After learning she was pregnant with his daughter, Che Guevara finally married Gadea in September
On November 25, '56, Guevara, Castro, and the guerrilla set sail for Cuba to overthrow
Batista's government, announcing themselves as pro-democracy and anti-communist freedom
fighters. Great idea. They are communists but they're going to announce themselves as
pro-democracy and anti-communism and you will see how long that lasted after they were able
to seize power.
The US media would later explode with stories of bloodbaths and brave guerrilla warriors
led by their fearless commander, Che Guevara, as after the case, the reality of what happened
is quite different.
The stories of Che's military exploits are a fabrication. Castro had figured out a different
way to take over Cuba. In a deal called the "Miami Pact," he conspired with anti-Batista
Cuban politicians and wealthy exiles to acquire a large fund that he later used to bribe military
commanders in Batista's army. Thus, once again showing how non-armies are better at fighting
armies than armies.
Having secured their position in Cuba, the guerrillas invited US media and started reporting
manufactured stories of their fights with Batista's army.
In '58, Washington decided to ban arm sales to Batista's forces, thereby announcing the
US no longer supported his regime. Abandoned by both the soldiers and US allies, Batista
was forced to leave the county.
Skeptical of the media reporting about the heroic Che Guevara led violent interaction.
Officials from the Cuban US Embassy used their local information networks to find out that
the total number of combat casualties on both sides of this giant island spanning bloody
revolution was 182.
Che's own diaries reveal that his forces' losses during a two-year civil war amounted
to 20, or I guess the rough equivalent, those who would have died through bee stings.
As British historian Hugh Thomas puts it: "In all essentials, Castro's battle for Cuba
was a public relations campaign, fought in New York and Washington." What?
During the rebel's advance, staunch anti-communists started disappearing from their ranks, fueling
the growing fear that Soviet agents had infiltrated Castro's army and were now getting rid of
any potential opposition.
On January 24, 1959, shortly after entering Havana, Che arranged for 3,000 books to be
publicly burned. As it turned out, those books belonged to Cuba's Anti-Communist League,
a private research organization who had accumulated information on 250,000 Latin American communists,
agents and KGB contacts.
So the reason for the burning was less censorship and hiding the agents of communism.
The Cuban revolution officially ended on January 1, 1959. Despite promises of democracy, Cuba
officially declared itself to be a Marxist-Leninist state only four years later.
After the revolution ended, Che Guevara divorced his first wife and married a member of Castro's
army, Aleida March, with whom he had four children.
In late January 1957, at the beginning of the revolution, Guevara wrote to his first
wife: "I'm here in Cuba's hills, alive and thirsting for blood." A few weeks later, on
February 18, 1957, he got to quench this thirst.
Eutimio Guerra, a rural guide helping out the rebels, was accused of treachery and Fidel
Castro ordered his bodyguard to execute him. Feeling uncomfortable about killing the man,
the bodyguard tried to postpone the execution. Taking advantage of his comrade's hesitation,
Che Guevara stepped out and fired a pistol, point blank, in Guerra's temple.
He wrote: "He went into convulsions for a while and was finally still. Now his belongings
were mine. I'd like to confess, Papa, at that moment I discovered that I really like killing."
And what better chance to satisfy his thirst for the blood of others than joining a communist
Che Guevara wasn't known for his military prowess. In fact, he openly admitted to some
of his comrades that he knew nothing about tactical military matters. However, Castro
recognized Guevara's bloodlust as a valuable asset and so the Argentine physician quickly
rose in ranks to become the regime's chief executioner. The Himmler to Castro's Hitler.
While few died in combat, countless corpses trailed after the rebel's victories. Che Guevara
kept executing captured soldiers and anyone suspected of supporting Batista. "Damn, but
Che has drowned this city in blood!" recalled his comrade, Camilo Cienfuegos, about the
city of Santa Clara which the rebels captured in January 1, 1959. "Seems that on every street
corner there's the body of an execution victim!"
This is basically a Marxist-Leninist combine harvester decapitating the unjustly conscripted
victims of the Batista regime. I mean these men were forced to fight and he is executing
them traitory, for treachery. Ah, make up whatever you want. He just loved to kill.
I mean he was a wonderful serial mass murderer.
In 1959, Guevara sought the help of Francisco Ciutat de Miguel, a Soviet GRU (Main Intelligence
Directorate) officer, in establishing Cuba's secret police and training his firing squads.
In their book Brothers in Arms: The Kennedys, the Castros, and the Politics of Murder, Gus
Russo and Stephen Molton write: "Ciutat insisted that all executioners use live ammunition.
There would be no shooting of blanks by morally queasy gunners. He called it El Compromiso
Sangriento, or the Blood Covenant. It rendered everyone complicit in the killing, thus assuring
their loyalty through bonds of guilt and promising remission through the grace of the Castros
and Che."
If you don't know, so some firing squads, they put blanks in a few of the people's weapons
so that not everyone -- nobody really knows if they actually shot someone or not. They
did not do this in Cuba.
All Cuban military cadets were subsequently forced to enter into El Compromiso Sangriento
as a prerequisite for graduation.
So you had to murder someone in cold blood, almost certainly an innocent person, in order
to graduate. This also makes people fanatically defensive of the regime because if another
regime comes into power, you would be tried for war crimes for executing people who had
not gone through any proper trial. So it makes you basically fight to the death for your
existing regime to be bound into murdering others because you will probably be shot as
a war criminal by any other regime that takes over. So you might as well fight to the death.
Che Guevara's secret police would go on to commit countless atrocities, often wiping
out entire families.
Ibrahim Quintana, a Havana mortician who escaped Cuba in 1962 recalls: "The murder victim was
always taken to a government first-aid station. The reason for using the government aid station
as an intermediary is so the government official there can make out a death certificate claiming
the dead person was killed by means other than shooting. The government always orders
the mortuary not to permit the family to see the body. In 80 percent of the cases where
the body came in with a death certificate saying it had died of something other than
shooting, we found one or more gunshot wounds in that body."
Due to these falsified death certificates, the number of people killed by Che Guevara's
secret police is unknown.
From January 2 until June 12, 1959, Che Guevara stayed in La Cabaña fortress, which he converted
into a prison and used as a torture and execution ground. Many of the executed prisoners were
There are numerous accounts of the brutality with which Che Guevara ran his prison. A Cuban
political prisoner who was sent to La Cabaña, remembered when a boy between the ages of
12 and 14 was thrown into the prison because he tried to prevent his father's execution.
The boy was brought in front of the firing squad the same day. A former prisoner recalled:
"We simply couldn't believe they'd murder him. Then we saw Che Guevara unholstering
his pistol. He put the barrel to the back of the boy's neck and blasted. The shot almost
decapitated the young boy."
A Cuban dissident who was imprisoned for 28 years, said, "There was something seriously
wrong with Guevara. Castro killed and ordered killing, for sure he killed. But he killed,
it seemed to us, motivated by his power lust, to maintain his hold on power, to eliminate
rivals and enemies, along with potential rivals and potential enemies. For Castro it was a
utilitarian slaughter, that's all. Guevara, on the other hand, seemed to relish it. He
appeared to revel in the bloodletting for its own sake. You could somehow see it in
his face as he watched the men dragged out of their cells." Child rapist, sexual sadist,
adult mass murderer, raised by a feminist.
A priest tasked with performing confessions and last rites claims Che Guevara personally
ordered 700 executions by firing squad in the six months he spent in La Cabaña.
Félix Rodríguez, the Cuban-American CIA agent who assisted in tracking down Che Guevara
in Bolivia and was the last person to question him, claims that Che, during his final talk,
admitted to "a couple thousand" executions, which he shrugged off as "imperialist spies
and CIA agents."
The Black Book of Communism, a joint effort by French scholars who documented the human
costs of communism in the 20th century, puts the number of people executed by Che's firing
squads in the first year after the revolution at 14,000, which is the equivalent of over
3 million executions in the United States based on population figures.
This is the man loved by Nelson Mandela, admired by Christopher Hitchens. Remember, Christopher
Hitchens had huge problems, huge problems, with Mother Teresa, but licks the eyeball
dripping, blood-soaked boots of this mass murderer. Three million Americans slaughtered
by a mass murderer. And can you imagine, people wearing the t-shirts of this monster.
In 1960, Che Guevara opened a forced-labor camp on the Guanahacabibes peninsula, similar
to the Siberian gulags of Stalin, only scorching hot.
In Guevara's own words: "We only send to this camp those doubtful cases where we are not
sure people should go to jail, people who have committed crimes against revolutionary
morals, to a lesser or greater degree," because remember, morals are so important to mass
murderers. "It is hard labor, not brute labor, rather the working conditions there are hard."
By "doubtful cases" he means homosexuals and anyone who rejected the regime's ideology
In an article for the Independent Institute, Alvaro Vargas Llosa writes: "This camp was
the precursor to the eventual systematic confinement, starting in 1965 in the province of Camaguey,
of dissidents, homosexuals, AIDS victims, Catholics, Jehovah's Witnesses, Afro-Cuban
priests... Herded onto buses and trucks, the 'unfit' would be transported at gunpoint into
concentration camps organized on the Guanahacabibes mold. Some would never return; others would
be raped, beaten, or mutilated; and most would be traumatized for life, as Néstor Almendros'
wrenching documentary Improper Conduct showed the world a couple of decades ago."
The man ordered the mass murder of homosexuals. Can I get a hell no?
In 1957, it was reported that Cuba had a large middle class, and "the average wage for an
eight-hour day in Cuba in 1957 is higher than for workers in Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany."
The report went on to say: "Cuban labor receives 66.6 percent of gross national income. In
the U.S. the figure is 68 percent. In Switzerland 64 percent. Forty-four percent of Cubans were
covered by social legislation, a higher percentage than in the U.S. at the time."
You have a country here, basically a First World country, a country with a great future
where the supposed oppressed working classes are getting more of the gross national product
than in Switzerland and almost as much as in the United States.
A Che biographer writes: "In 1958, Cubans owned more televisions per capita than any
other Latin Americans, and more than any other continental Europeans. And Cubans owned more
cars per capita than the Japanese and half of the countries of Europe. In short, Cuban
workers had purchasing power.
"In 1958, Cuba had the hemisphere's lowest inflation rate, 1.4%. The US rate that year
was 2.73 percent. The Cuban peso was historically equal to the U.S. dollar, completely interchangeable
one to one."
So you have an economy that is on parallel almost and, in some ways, exceeding the strongest
economy in the world at the time.
In 1959, Castro appointed Che Guevara as Minister of Industries -- because he was a doctor who
liked murdering children -- effectively allowing him to take control over the Cuban economy.
The results were so catastrophic that even massive Soviet subsidies weren't enough to
keep the country afloat.
As the Austrian Economist, Ludwig von Mises, has pointed out, without price, you really
can't figure out where goods and labor and services should be directed in the economy.
Price is a signal. When a price gets a bid up, it means it's a high demand. That's where
stuff should go. Without price, you can't possibly push an economy. Economy has to be
a pull economy based on price. You can't push stuff out which is why central planning always
fails and fails disastrously, murderously, and for generations to come.
Fontova writes: "By late 1964, the Minister of Industries had so badly crippled Cuba's
economy and infrastructure, had so impoverished and traumatized its workforce that the Russians
themselves were at their wits' end. They were subsidizing the mess, and it was getting expensive,
much too expensive for the paltry geopolitical return."
So basically, when the Soviets are complaining that your economy is inefficient, well, I
don't really know what to say other than, you know, it's like Charles Manson saying,
"Man, you man, you bad."
Rene Dumont, a French socialist economist, tried to counsel Castro as the Cuban economy
was spiraling out of control. "The Cuban Revolution has gone farther in its first three years
than the Chinese in its first ten," he said regarding the economic havoc. But no luck.
No listening. Again, the grandiosity, the bloodlust, the control freak sociopathy of
Che Guevara and Castro was above and beyond moral economic or basic empathetic reality.
In 1964, the Russians gave an ultimatum to Castro: Che Guevara has to go! "The Soviets
simply refused to bankroll Che's harebrained fantasies any longer," writes Fontova.
In December 1964, Guevara tried to retaliate by giving his famous anti-Soviet speech in
Algeria, but he was quickly brought back under control after he returned to Havana. Castro's
intimidation was enough to scare his executioner into submission. In other words, Castro probably
said, "If you keep acting against me, I'm not going to give you children to shoot."
"Okay, what do you need?"
On November 17, 1962, the FBI upended a terrorist plot created by Cuba's CIA-equivalent (Dirección
General de Inteligencia), which Che Guevara established after the Cuban Civil War ended.
Cuban agents were targeting Macy's, Gimbel's, Bloomingdale's, and Manhattan's Grand Central
Terminal, a train station, with 500 kilos of TNT. They were planning to set off all
that explosive power the day after Thanksgiving. For comparison, al-Qaeda's 2004 Madrid attacks
used a total of 100 kilos of TNT.
So, when you see pictures of Che Guevara, a complete terrorist bombing and destroying
innocent civilians far worse than al-Qaeda, far worse than Osama Bin Laden.
On February 18, 1965, the FBI and the NYPD cracked another terrorist plot that Che hatched
with the help of the Black Liberation Army.
Raymond Wood, a black NYPD cadet, managed to infiltrate the organization and uncover
a plot to blow up the Statue of Liberty, the Liberty Bell, and the Washington Monument.
If Che's plan was successful, he could have triggered a nuclear war between the United
Stated and the Soviets who backed Cuba.
So, kind of a dangerous, deranged, and evil bastard.
The World's Most Wanted Terrorist, Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, also known as Carlos the Jackal,
was trained in one of Che's guerrilla camps. In an interview he gave after 9/11, Sánchez
claimed: "Bin Laden has followed a trail I myself blazed. I followed news of the September
11 attacks on the United States nonstop from the beginning. I can't describe that wonderful
feeling of relief." The man trained in one of Che Guevara's guerilla camps.
After his disastrous economic policies and the terrorist attacks he plotted against the
US, Che Guevara fell out of favor with Moscow. Not only did he cost the Soviets a lot of
money, but they also feared that his continued aggression towards the US may provoke an all-out
nuclear war.
Dariel Alarcón Ramírez, a former Cuban guerrilla, accused Fidel Castro of siding with the Soviets
to eliminate Che Guevara, who Moscow considered "a very dangerous personality for their imperialist
strategies." Castro supposedly yielded for reasons of state, given that Cuba's survival
depended on the help of Moscow.
However, at the time, Castro had already secured his position in Cuba, so he no longer needed
his bloodhound. In fact, the dictator was already planning to kill off Che Guevara soon
after the Cuban revolution ended: "Know what I'm going to do with Che Guevara? I'm going
to send him to Santo Domingo and see if the Dominican Republic Dictator kills him."
In November 1966, Che Guevara was sent to Bolivia to organize local communist insurgents
and topple the existing government. Unlike Batista, the Bolivians fought back and cornered
Che. On October 7, 1967, without any support from Cuba, Che was captured, interrogated
and executed by a firing squad two days later. The operation was supervised by the CIA.
A far worse murderer per capita, a far greater sadist than Osama Bin Laden, and yet people
mourned his death on the left.
Not only did US media outlets run manufactured stories about the Cuban revolution, but Fidel
Castro's regime was also the publisher of the vast majority of Che's personal work,
the "Che Diaries," the "Secret Papers of a Revolutionary," and the "Reminiscences of
the Cuban Revolutionary War." This is all soviet style, Nazi style propaganda.
During the Cuban revolution, Carlos Lazo, a Cuban Air Force lieutenant serving under
Batista, managed to acquire Che Guevara's notebooks and diaries after scattering Che
and his guerrillas. The documents found by Lazo vastly differed from what Castro's regime
published -- as you can imagine.
While historians rely on Lazo's documents, most of Che Guevara's biographers stick to
the information provided by the Cuban government. In fact, Jon Lee Anderson, the author of what
is considered the Bible on Che's life, wrote his book under the supervision of Castro's
regime and often used Cuban agents as sources of information. The thousands of Cuban exiles
in the US were ignored by both media and biographers.
While historians rely on Lazo's documents, most of Che Guevara's biographer stick to
the information provided by the Cuban Government. In fact, to John Lee Anderson, the author
of what is considered the bible of Che's life, wrote his book under these supervision of
Castro's regime and often used Cuban agents as sources of information.
It's like going to Goebbels for the history of World War II.
Fidel Castro, a well-known master of propaganda, used Che Guevara's manufactured story as an
advertising campaign for his regime. The millions of people wearing Che's face on their t-shirts,
hanging posters of him on their walls and considering him a hero are a testament to
Castro's success.
So, the initiation of force which is the violation of any basic moral system is foundational
to Marxism, to socialism, to communism. You cannot understand why the mythology of Che,
the charismatic revolutionary hero and advocate and savior of the working class when he raped
and murdered thousands and thousands and thousands of them, you can't understand why these evil
doctrines continue if you don't understand that the great battle in the 20th century
and into the 21st century is between free and voluntary trade and coercive central planning;
between economic actors trading for mutual benefit without coercion and centralized economic
oligarchs using the force of the state to organize and enforce their economic doctrines.
Spontaneous self-organization on a voluntary and peaceful basis -- which is the free market
-- versus violent coercive, indebted and destructive central planning from those who hold a monopoly
of political economic and coercive power. It's a big battle that's going on.
Now, two aspects of that fell away, two aspects of central planning fell away, fascism and
National Socialism or Nazism. Communism has one for a variety of reasons we can get into
but mostly to do with the propaganda and the unwillingness of people to take a moral stand
on these egregious evils and to openly promote violent, murderous sociopaths as cool guys
that actors like. But communism has one.
Most of the original ten planks of the communist manifesto have already been implemented throughout
the west. The communist absolutely won the propaganda battle of the 20th century. And
now the only argument is the degree to which we should be communist and the free market
is always demonized. Central planning, government planning, government control, central banking
is always considered to be the salvation of the economy, and anything that goes wrong
is blamed on voluntary free trade and anything that goes right is based upon the actions
of central planners, right?
So you've heard the myth which is completely false that George Bush deregulated the economy
and that's why the economic crash of 2007, 2008 happened. And you hear this stuff over
and over again. It's all lies, all propagandas. Bush expanded the regulations of the financial
industry, not deregulate it. It's just something people make up.
When there are huge disasters in the economy, the central planners need to find an escape
goat, and they can't blame ghosts and there's a shortage of vampires so they have to blame
the free market, in the same way that a plantation owner whips the slaves when the slaves don't
produce enough for his liking. Those who suffer under the state are always blamed for the
evils that result from state power and evils will always result from state power. It's
So this is just generally part of the propaganda machine that occurs which is really foundational
to the success, the incredible victory of communism in the 20th and 21st century. Hopefully,
people are waking up to it now and we are reminding ourselves a voluntary free trade
is where we need to go as a society; that central planning, coercion, and the initiation
of force which is at the root of all government economic policies is morally repugnant, morally
evil, and economically, incredibly destructive.
Thank you so much for watching. Please take down those goddamn posters. Please don't wear
shirts that make you look like you're wearing this, and recognize that being the poster
child for evil is something we should recognize. And the only red that makes any sense on a
Che Guevara t-shirt or poster is the blood, the endless blood, the bottomless pit of blood
of his innocent victims.


The Truth About Che Guevara

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