Ernesto "Che" Guevara born June 14, 1928
Che works at a sugar plantation when he was Minister of Industries during the agrarian reforms after the Cuban Revolution c. 1960
The great internationalist, communist and revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara was born June 14, 1928. We celebrate the anniversary of his birth with some of his quotes.
-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.
-The ultimate and most important revolutionary aspiration: to see human beings liberated from their alienation.
--The life of a single human being is worth a million times more than all the property of the richest man on earth.
-I am not interested in dry economic socialism. We are fighting against misery, but we are also fighting against alienation.
-The road is long and full of difficulties. At times we wander from the path and must turn back; at other times we go too fast and separate ourselves from the masses; on occasions we go too slow and feel the hot breath of those treading on our heels. In our zeal as revolutionists we try to move ahead as fast as possible, clearing the way, but knowing we must draw our sustenance from the mass and that it can advance more rapidly only if we inspire it by our example.
-We should not allow the word "democracy" to be utilized apologetically to represent the dictatorship of the exploiting classes.
-The International Monetary Fund is the watchdog of the dollar in the capitalist camp.
-Those who kill their own children and discriminate daily against them because of the color of their skin; those who let the murderers of blacks remain free, protecting them, and furthermore punishing the black population because they demand their legitimate rights as free men — how can those who do this consider themselves guardians of freedom? The government of the United States is not the champion of freedom, but rather the perpetrator of exploitation and oppression against the peoples of the world and against a large part of its own population.
-There are no borders in this struggle to the death. We cannot be indifferent to what happens anywhere in the world, because a victory by any country over imperialism is our victory, just as any country's defeat is a defeat for all of us.
-Ever since monopoly capital took over the world, it has kept the greater part of humanity in poverty, dividing all the profits among the group of the most powerful countries. The standard of living in those countries is based on the extreme poverty of our countries. To raise the living standards of the underdeveloped nations, therefore, we must fight against imperialism. And each time a country is torn away from the imperialist tree, it is not only a partial battle won against the main enemy but it also contributes to the real weakening of that enemy, and is one more step toward the final victory.
-Imperialism has been defeated in many partial battles. But it remains a considerable force in the world, and we cannot expect its final defeat save through effort and sacrifice on the part of us all.
Iconic photo of leaders and heroes of the Cuban Revolution, Che Guevara and Camilo