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The Truth About Che Guevara


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 thought. 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 policy. 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 knowledge. 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 flesh. 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 son. 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 in.” 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 minutes. 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 him. 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 map. 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 authors. 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 ’55. 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 revolution. 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 children. 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 inescapable. 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.

100 thoughts on “The Truth About Che Guevara

  1. Che Guevara was born in 1928. This indicates his upbringing was in the 20th century (Stefan says 19th). This error which I believe was just a 'brain-fart' occurs at the 2:45 mark. The analysis is still correct though, fertile ground for marxism.

  2. I must be psychic! LOL I can't tell you how incredibly enlightening your video is for me Stefan Molyneux, especially given that I recently had torn out a picture of Che Guevara from an August 2015 copy of a Canadian magazine – the Readers Digest – that I found in a library and meant to look up this Marxist revolutionary because I was curious as to why people revered him so much and wore t-shirts with his picture on them. I knew little about him other than some considered him a hero of the people. Thank you for this very eye opening video. Now I know why I doubted Che's "hero" status. Even though I knew little about him, something inside my mind was telling me to find out what kind of man he really was, what he accomplished and what it was that he truly stood for. So many tyrants throughout history have been elevated to the highest status and Che Guevara was one of the worst of these many tyrants.

  3. A “Cuban dissident” as a source does not sit well with me. Where did you get these facts from? Because a lot of your points are from unidentified friends and acquaintances of the family or a name less priest etc. so in short I do not believe half of what you say. You have some truth mixed in with pure bullshit

  4. Che is a symbol of rebellion. He was at least willing to die for the idea he believed in, which is unique in itself. The idea wasn't the worst– he wanted to free South America from the United States' influence. He thought the guerrilla warfare tactics applied in Cuba could be replicated country after country until he'd actually helped to liberate the entire continent. That in itself isn't inherently wrong. Obviously as your video shows he as a human had more baggage than that. I acknowledge this and wouldn't wear a Che shirt for these reasons. I however can appreciate the spirit of it all. When people heavily dismiss him in his entirety without acknowledging the ideas, it bothers me a little bit. Even the Cuban Revolution had good IDEAS. Obviously, just like Communism in it's totality, this didn't hold up in practice. But learning about their guerrilla overthrow was incredibly fascinating.

    This response may seem all over the place but when I look at the image of Che, I don't see the person. I see the idea.

  5. If I had arrested Che, I would bound him to a bed, slowly cut his fingers, toes, and penis with a rusty spoon. Then, I would strangle him with his own intestines, cut his eyeballs out, then skull fuck him.

  6. Bottom line : Anglo-saxon people sitting in developed countries should not tell people in under-developed countries how to live their lives. You are no King or Emperor fucker.

  7. the famous photo of el che, Mr. Molyneux, which is iconically seen on t-shirts, was taken at Havana harbour in 1960, according to a Cuban relative of mine, when a ship was destroyed by an explosion of unknown source. According to this late uncle of mine, Che Guevara was "un carnicero" a butcher type character who enjoyed killing for the sake of killing. to this late uncle of mine, unlike so much popular opinion, el che, was no hero! this particular "the truth about" study, Mr. Molyneux, i have particularly enjoyed for its' thoroughness and excellence of presentation. i thank you for having posted it. che, by the way, means close friend.

  8. How many poor people fled Cuba during and after the revolution? Just asking. Stefan Molyneux should try to be a bit more objective a little bit less racist and should understand that being molested by his grandfather doesn't make it his fault. And its never too late to seek help.

  9. In Blackpool UK there once was a pub called the Che Bar complete with a big sign outside displaying this psycho's face. Ironically as the town slowly decayed under years of leftist councils the pub is now derelict and the sign gone.

  10. Che Guevara was a communist rabble rouser who tried to export Communism around the world. Che was essentially Cuba's Vladimir Lenin, actually, Lenin probably wasn't as radical.

  11. i was willing to watch the entire video, but you have a biast agains him, everything he does he is a fking psycho. like i know the story, and he was a real Man. maybe he did things i dont agree with, but i can only admire a man who followed what he bealived till his death. and everytime he had sex, it was rape, maybe the servants wanted to have sex aswell. we wasnt anyguy he was different handsome and rich, i can imagine the girls around him fantasasing with him, even more if he was her boss. like just think about it. but w/e. l8r

  12. Must of the people commenting here never knew Che Guevara, I did and can testify that Mr. Molyneux is telling the true. I was a rebel fighter and barely escape the firing squad because I had a disagreement with
    one of Che Guevara lieutenants.

  13. You can't even pronounce his name correctly. Why should anyone listen to you? Clearly you have no historic reference other than from the perspective of the pampered Western liberal or conservative.

  14. I'm seeking the truth about him, and what I'd like to tell, that I feel that it takes more then I thought it might be first. I don't rule out the possibility that all I've heard about him was propaganda, but if so, I don't see why I shouldn't be suspicious about this video for the same reason. The allegedly propaganda favoring him at least admits the executions and that he ruled strictly or even iron-handedly. But what I heard hear acknowledges nothing human about him. Either dehumanizing or ridiculing him. My senses tells me, that if the "white" picture is pure propaganda about him, than the "black" picture is also probably.
    I'll keep continue look for somewhat believeable grey image.

  15. First of all who is this idiot talking about el Che?? How do we know what you saying is true? This idiot doesn’t know anything about cuba and the cuban revolution!! Fuck you

  16. imagine that, the son of a wealthy family, living the good life with all the opportunities in the world after going to medical school decides to go and become a terrorist rebel in another country exposing himself to terrible living conditions just to fuel his desire for blood and then after helping install a new leader in said country doesn't even stay there to take advantage of the positions of power offered to him, but instead goes to another country to repeat the process. what a sociopath! does his thirst for blood know no limits? thank you for this video, it makes total sense, not inconsistent at all.

  17. Yes, blame socialism for tanking Argentina. Then you have to throw in US foreign policy…hmmm…well this can be a factor. However I am a Venezuelan. We kicked the gringos out long ago. The factor that tanked Venezuela more than anything is the CORRUPTION OF THE VENEZUELANS!!! and by that extent Latin Americans who are extremely corrupt… And furthermore, corruption and socialism go hand in hand, especially once you have a command economy. Say what you want about the evils of capitalism, but capitalism can regulate corruption 1000% better than socialism where you have authoritarian controls on the economy that will only create black markets (especially among a corrupt population) that will ultimately undermine everything.

  18. His attitude shows how much he hates che and people like him and thier ideology. Why? “Well I am an American, that’s what we are taught”.

  19. Just to let you know. There was a guy like che in India with same ideology. Till now nobody couldnt find a single negative thing about him. I want you to take this responsibility and make a video with title “truth about Bhagat Singh”

  20. Every COMMUNIST is a Traitor
    Every COMMUNIST is a Mass Murderer and Mass Rapist eg
    LENIN STALIN MAO TROTSKY

  21. I am lucky that my father was a military man and a Boer. In my school books (back in the late 90's) Che was a great hero! Thank all that is Good, I knew better.

  22. Castro and Che were financed by the Holy Roman Empire…in other words…the bank of Rome….every single noble that left Spain to settle in the Americas is called to serve the church at some point….Marxism, communism, and ultra socialism is a Catholic construct to divide and conquer…the philosophies are not important…they are just conduits for division…the isms are dropped once they serve their purpose…just like dictators…once they serve their purpose they are replaced or killed…casts of course from from the Castro family of European wealth building dynasties….

  23. If you want to make an omelette, you have to break some eggs. Che was committed to purging the world of systems and forces that exploit the poor masses. Nonviolent resistance wouldn’t get the job done, so he fought and killed people. Boo hoo.

  24. South America could have been on the road to greatness, if stability had taken hold and communist rable rousers weren't interfering! After all, most of the continent has a year round growing season and abundant natural resources.

    The fact that communism doesn't even work somewhere with the most optimal year round growing season and kilotons of natural resources shows what a flawed ideology it is!

  25. [email protected] Molyneux
    This is easily the best documentary on Che Guevara I've ever seen. I've always seen through him even with the typical filmed documentary's scant information. However with your deep, in detail analysis which I love, you get the real, full truth instead of the icon. It's interesting that he died in 1967 the year the Hippies "Summer of Love" started. Your video is so effective because you get into the background and childhood as well as the parents personalities. Even though you show no film you've done more than all the other filmmakers put together in revealing the truth.

  26. What's the bet his mum was shtupping the workers who were "saving" her? It's already documented that she was a feminist and she had a weak insecure husband who was using her for her money. Not that much of a stretch really.

  27. It’s awesome how losers like yourself a typical narcissist who obviously loves to pretend to know everything, loves the sound of their own voice have an opinion about everything and everyone. You talk this way about a HERO who gave his life up for what he believes and your theories are as dumb as you. It’s obvious you are a pro capitalism pig, now go fuck yourself, because I’m sure that’s what you already do anyway.

  28. Castro and his henchman executed more people based on their population numbers than J. Stalin. Of course, it was Stalin who famously said: "The death of one person is a tragedy, the death of millions is a statistic."

  29. And which party in the US constantly supports the murderous Castro brothers? It is not a hard question, it is the Democrat party, also known as the American Communist party.

  30. I must say I am grateful for your efforts in trying to list key events in Che's life.

    But after listening to you speak with that biased lens of yours, I thought it would be better to watch this video without the sound. It was less provocative, but much more educationally valuable. So thank you again for this video!

  31. compare the cuban revolution with the russian revolution / french revolution / us independence wars and we talk again…

  32. The sources link doesn’t work. My family and friends don’t believe the claims about Che I learnt in this interview and I can’t educate them without the sources. Stefan could you fix the link please?

  33. I didn't know anything about that guy, other than he was popular on people's shirts and stickers. Good thing we have Stefan to educate us more than a Public school can.

  34. I'm a big fan Stefan. But can't agree entirely on your point of view on this. Cuba had an evil dictatorship. Che Guevara overthrew that tyrant. He knew that getting in bed with the Soviets was a huge mistake. This is why Castro discarded him. Unfortunately, one evil was replaced with another. But the fact remains, that if the CIA was not installing dictatorships all over the world, the Soviets wouldn't of been invited so close to home. Failed foreign policy of the United States is what made Che Guevara. Not socialism.
    Nothing is different today. Failed foreign policy is what creates chaos in the Middle East and countless migrants enter Europe destroying the culture, safety and quality of life for Europeans.

  35. I only listened to a few minutes here and there to determine the truthfulness of the above account. Molyneux's discussion of the 1953 CIA coup in Guatemala is astounding in its simplicity. He does not mention that the CIA overthrew a democratically-elected government and replaced it with a murderous regime. That regime then committed genocide against the Maya natives of Guatemala for the next four decades. President Clinton even apologized for the US role during these events. I would also like to point out that the execution of Eutimio Guerra during the Cuban Revolution was justified. He was not merely suspected of treason but he was proven to have betrayed the rebels. Hence his execution was perfectly normal. Every military in the world executes traitors during wartime. It would appear, therefore, that Molyneux's account of Che is at best one-sided, at worst it's reactionary propaganda. If I dig up all the things that Stefan Molyneux did and said from age 10 on and then focus only on the negative I am certain I could produce a very distorting image.

  36. The misconception of those searching for any little thing they can to discredit Che. Che wasn't against money nor business or the belief in paying and earning. HE WAS AGAINST IMPERIALISM AND EXPLOITATION, SLAVERY AND SUFFERAGE. Fuckin idiots will never pull there heads out there asses when determined for a certain outcome instead of facing the facts and letting the truth rightfully go against there instincts.

  37. 0.23 Who is the man?
    2.13 Father
    4.24 Mother
    5.38 Marriage (of his parents)
    8.00 Pregnancy and Birth
    9.40 Infancy
    12.30 Childhood
    19.50 Maternal Influence and Education
    22.25 Negative behavior
    23.47 War fever
    25.22 Sexual awakening
    27.42 High School
    30.07 Young adulthood
    31.38 USA Hostility
    33.24 Motorcycle Journey
    35.40 Guatemala
    36.53 Mexico City
    38.32 Cuban Revolution
    41.39 The executioner
    46.45 La Cabana
    50.17 Labour camps
    51.22 Minister of industries
    55.50 The terrorist
    57.37 Death
    59.19 Mythology

  38. Wow great video Stefan,very informative,I never knew this and great point to show how the evil athiest Hitchens bashed the wonderful Mother Theresa while licking a mass murders boots….so true..well done

  39. Another excellently put-together, researched and fascinating biography. Che Guevara is just another egomanical, delusional, stupid and hypocritical and violent idiot. How tragic he is idolized, but I would wager that those who revere him are just stupid and misguided as Che himself was. Good God, what a monster!!!

  40. How intellectually impoverished does one have to be to seriously believe that an ultra-conservative, right-wing ideologue is disclosing the TRUTH about Che Guevara?

  41. Che was a racist, anti-Semitic, hompphobic champagne socialist who surrendered with a fully loaded weapon and begged for his life after never having fought in any sort of military victory.

  42. Che, hated by rich people, people from countries that love oppressing other countries for their resources (U.S. and Europe), and lastly by those who believe in self over community.

  43. This is amazing! it reveals so much about latin culture and patterns of behavior I'm familiar with and explains away a good chunk of it. Thank you so much for revealing this man's madness.
    May it serve well the youth!

  44. Propaganda. War is hell. Che had big balls. Fought for what he believed. Cuban elite who fled with the Island's wealth wished they were half the man Che was.

  45. Anyone on YouTube can say anything they want. I listen to Stephan and Jordan Peterson as well as traditional Lefties. There is so much bullshit around Che Guevara. Best to get your information from several sources.

  46. exploitive sex on his part does not have to be projection. His type of narcissism leads him to feel entitled to do whatever he wants. All his ramblings about exploitation of the workers was just a convenient excuse to continue to be the ruthless guy have had already been.

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