Greenfield: The Tyranny of Che

unnamed-13Alvaro Vargas Llosa’s The Che Guevara Myth and the Future of Liberty is less of a study of the life of the Communist killer than a look at how his totalitarian legacy poisons Latin America today. Totalitarianism in Latin America is the real theme of The Che Guevara Myth. The myth is less about Che the individual than the idea that violent terror can bring reform rather than further cycles of brutal oppression.

As Alvaro Vargas Llosa points out, “Che Guevara had a lot more in common with the men and systems he fought than would seem conceivable.” The same was true of Fidel Castro, the son of a plantation owner who received a wedding gift from Batista or Vladimir Lenin, the son of a nobleman.

Revolutionaries are less likely to be the oppressed than the aspiring oppressors, with just enough access to power to make them want more without offering them enough mobility to climb to the top through the system. It isn’t the poor starving peasant who runs revolutions, but the itinerant son of a wealthy family with too much education and too little need to work who puts on the beret and plays with guns…

All this is true, but note that Che Guervara Lynch has become a T-shirt poster and poster icon partly for the simple reason that he was photogenic.

  • Photogenic?

    I’m not seeing how.

    • There was that one iconic pic. His family manages his estate rights much like Elvis is still managed as well.

      • A wealthy family even wealthier.

        I can see how they are just like the proles Che killed.

    • Frau Katze

      Compare to Stalin, Lenin, Marx. But Che died young so there are no pix of him as old man.

      The young Stalin was passable (third pic)

      • I can’t stand to look at any of them.

        My sister once pointed out to a Che t-shirt wearing fellow that Che was a killer. It went over his head.

        • Frau Katze

          I agree, but think of this from the p.o.v. Of young college kids.

  • Shebel

    Sorta like Justin.

  • BillyHW

    The real working class is too busy working to put food on the table than to foment revolution.

    • Frau Katze


  • Alain

    Yeah, ole Che needed to see and participate in the gruesome murder of innocent victims in order to get an erection. He was a mental case.

    • Frau Katze

      I might get this book. I don’t know if he was a mental case or not.

  • Petrilia

    New book out about Castro and how he lived amidst the poverty of his people. His own cruise ship, mistresses, Fab meals with his chef, no one allowed on His Own Island. While his people were punished, tortured and starved. His friend Che, the murderer, Castro, the murder, what will the lefties put on their t-shirts now?

    • Petrilla

      So when Canadians go there and think they are just there for a good time. Wrong. Every penny a Canadian spends goes to Castro and his ilk. I HAVE FRIENDS WHO THOIGHT THEY WERE DOING GOOD. WRONG. They were just giving Castro on his private island more money. I asked a friend, why would you support a murderous Communist regime? he said because it is cheap. So if cheap is your measure of right and wrong, I apparently know nothing.