Capitalism’s Court Jester: Slavoj Žižek

Zizek’s popularity and almost intrusive visibility on the Internet testifies to another triumph by the Western propaganda machine.

Gabriel Rockhill

Only poseurs, sellouts to imperialism, or unwitting buffoons with inexplicable followings, can be elevated by the culture/media industry to its maximum heights. The gatekeepers would never let a genuine revolutionary thinker attract a mass audience. Putrid adulation by the bourgeois media (The British rag The Telegraph calls him “the hippest philosopher”) confirms his true deleterious role in the class struggle.

One of the most prominent intellectuals in the contemporary world was named to the list of the “Top 100 Global Thinkers” in Foreign Policy magazine in 2012.[1] He shares this distinction with the likes of Dick Cheney, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Benjamin Netanyahu, and former Mossad director Meir Dagan. The theorist’s best idea—according to this well-known publication that is a virtual arm of the U.S. State Department—is that “the big revolution the left is waiting for will never come.”[2]

Other ideas were surely strong contenders, and we could add to the list more recent positions. To select but a few examples, this top global thinker has described 20th-century communism, and more specifically Stalinism, as “maybe the worst ideological, political, ethical, social (and so on) catastrophe in the history of humanity.”[3] As a matter of fact, he adds for emphasis that “if you measure at some abstract level of suffering, Stalinism was worse than Nazism,” apparently regretting that the Red Army under Stalin defeated the Nazi war machine.[4] The Third Reich was not as “radical” in its violence as communism, he insists, and “the problem with Hitler was that he was not violent enough.”[5] Perhaps he could have taken some tips from Mao Zedong who, according to this theoretical grandee, made a “ruthless decision to starve tens of millions to death.”[6] This undocumented assertion positions its author well to the right of the anti-communist Black Book of Communism, which recognized that Mao did not intend to kill his compatriots.[7] Such information is of no import, however, to this theorist since he operates on the assumption that the worst ‘crime against humanity’ in the modern world was not Nazism or fascism, but rather communism.

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Socialism and man in Cuba

[Fifty five years ago today (October 09, 1967), Comrade Che was murdered by the CIA in Bolivia. A hero of the world proletariat, Che continues to live in our memory and through our struggles against imperialism and capitalism. JoP republishes this post to commemorate the death anniversary of the great revolutionary Che Guevara.]

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Che Guevara

Dearcompañero,[29]

Though belatedly, I am completing these notes in the course of my trip through Africa,[30]hoping in this way to keep my promise. I would like to do so by dealing with the theme set forth in the title above. I think it may be of interest to Uruguayan readers.

A common argument from the mouths of capitalist spokespeople, in the ideological struggle against socialism, is that socialism, or the period of building socialism into which we have entered, is characterized by the abolition of the individual for the sake of the state. I will not try to refute this argument solely on theoretical grounds but rather to establish the facts as they exist in Cuba and then add comments of a general nature. Let me begin by broadly sketching the history of our revolutionary struggle before and after the taking of power.

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IN MEMORY OF CHE GUEVARA

Notes for the Study of the Ideology of the Cuban Revolution

Ernesto Che Guevara

Che, Guevara, Red, Silhouette, Stripes, Revolution

This is a unique revolution which some people maintain contradicts one of the most orthodox premises of the revolutionary movement, expressed by Lenin: “Without a revolutionary theory there is no revolutionary movement.” It would be suitable to say that revolutionary theory, as the expression of a social truth, surpasses any declaration of it; that is to say, even if the theory is not known, the revolution can succeed if historical reality is interpreted correctly and if the forces involved are utilised correctly. Every revolution always incorporates elements of very different tendencies which, nevertheless, coincide in action and in the revolution’s most immediate objectives.

It is clear that if the leaders have an adequate theoretical knowledge prior to the action, they can avoid trial and error whenever the adopted theory corresponds to…

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Fidel Castro’s speech on death of Che Guevara

[Fifty five years ago today (October 09, 1967), Comrade Che was murdered by the CIA in Bolivia. A hero of the world proletariat, Che continues to live in our memory and through our struggles against imperialism and capitalism. JoP republishes this post to commemorate the death anniversary of the great revolutionary Che Guevara.]

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The speech on Che Guevara delivered on October 18, 1967 by Fidel Castro in Havana.

I first met Che one day in July or August 1955. And in one night — as he recalls in his account — he became one of the future Granma expeditionaries, although at that time the expedition possessed neither ship, nor arms, nor troops. That was how, together with Raúl, Che became one of the first two on the Granma list.

Twelve years have passed since then; they have been 12 years filled with struggle and historical significance. During this time death has cut down many brave and invaluable lives. But at the same time, throughout those years of our revolution, extraordinary persons have arisen, forged from among the people of the revolution, and between them, bonds of affection and friendship have emerged that surpass all possible description.

Tonight we are meeting to try to…

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Ernesto Che Guevara

[Fifty five years ago today (October 09, 1967), Comrade Che was murdered by the CIA in Bolivia. A hero of the world proletariat, Che continues to live in our memory and through our struggles against imperialism and capitalism. JoP republishes this post to commemorate the death anniversary of the great revolutionary Che Guevara.]

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Farewell letter from Che to Fidel Castro

Year of Agriculture

Havana, April 1, 1965

Fidel:

At this moment, I remember many things: when I met you in Maria Antonia’s house, when you proposed I come along, all the tensions involved in the preparations. One day they came by and asked who should be notified in case of death, and the real possibility of it struck us all. Later we knew it was true, that in a revolution one wins or dies (if it is a real one). Many comrades fell along the way to victory.

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Che

[Fifty five years ago today (October 09, 1967), Comrade Che was murdered by the CIA in Bolivia. A hero of the world proletariat, Che continues to live in our memory and through our struggles against imperialism and capitalism. JoP republishes this post to commemorate the death anniversary of the great revolutionary Che Guevara.]

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by Farooque Chowdhury

Countercurrents | June 14, 2017

Che

Che is unvanquished. Proletarian revolutionaries and revolutions don’t get vanquished as they move from one phase to another through class struggle. So, the torch of liberation that Che Guevara carries never gets eliminated; the flame of freedom that Che ignites never gets extinguished; the dream of equality that Che livens never gets wiped out.

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Che: Reports on his murder

[Fifty five years ago today (October 09, 1967), Comrade Che was murdered by the CIA in Bolivia. A hero of the world proletariat, Che continues to live in our memory and through our struggles against imperialism and capitalism. JoP republishes this post to commemorate the death anniversary of the great revolutionary Che Guevara.]

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Imperialist henchmen murdering Che enrages people around the world. People still search reports on murdering Che. Following are excerpts from a few reports by the mainstream media:

A Newsweek report headlined “How Did Che Die? The CIA Helped Military-Ruled Bolivia Kill the Marxist Revolutionary” said:

“Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara was executed in Bolivia on October 9, 1967, and the CIA’s role in his death remains controversial.

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This week in history: A half-century since the death of Che Guevara

[Fifty five years ago today (October 09, 1967), Comrade Che was murdered by the CIA in Bolivia. A hero of the world proletariat, Che continues to live in our memory and through our struggles against imperialism and capitalism. JoP republishes this post to commemorate the death anniversary of the great revolutionary Che Guevara.]

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People’s World | October 06, 2017

This week in history: A half-century since the death of Che Guevara

Che Guevara’s corpse on display in Vallegrande, Bolivia. Image taken by covert CIA operative on October 10, 1967.

On October 9, 1967, socialist revolutionary and guerrilla leader Che Guevara, age 39, was killed by the Bolivian army. The U.S. military-backed Bolivian forces captured Guevara on October 8th while battling his band of guerrillas and assassinated him the following day. His hands were cut off as proof of death and his body was buried in an unmarked grave. In 1997, Guevara’s remains were found and sent back to Cuba, where they were reburied in a ceremony attended by President Fidel Castro and thousands of Cubans.

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Fragmented France

Michael Roberts Blog

The second round of the French presidential election returned the incumbent President Emmanuel Macron to a second term of office. Macron won with 58.5% of the vote against the opponent, Marine Le Pen of the right-wing nationalist National Rally, who got 41.5%. Sounds comfortable – but the voter turnout of 72% was the lowest since 1969. Moreover, Le Pen did better than in 2017, showing that Macron’s neoliberal policies of cutting pensions, reducing the health service and ‘liberalising’ the labour market have not been received well by a sizeable body of the electorate. In the first round, Macron polled only 28% of those voting, or about 21% of those eligible to vote, while Le Pen took 23%. Left-wing candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon polled 22% and nearly made the run-off, despite the ecology and other socialist candidates splitting the vote. Melenchon’s supporters abstained in large numbers in the second round, some voted…

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Workers solidarity: Greek Railway Workers Reportedly Refuse to Transport NATO Tanks Toward Ukraine

One of the many reasons the fascist imperialists always go after organised workers and especially communists—those with the highest awareness.

The Greek working class has intensified protests against the country’s involvement in the imperialist maneuvers of the US and NATO alliance in Europe

Trade unions in the Greek city of Thessaloniki united in support of employees of private railway company TrainOSE after management attempted to clamp down on workers who refused to take part in the transfer of US and NATO military equipment from Alexandropoulos to Eastern Europe, the news portal of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) has reported.

TrainOSE reportedly threatened workers from the Thessaloniki Electric Locomotive Department, who refused to travel to Alexandropoulos to provide technical servicing of trains involved in transporting NATO military equipment out of the port city, with punitive action, pointing to their obligations under signed contracts.

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