[News] 43 years since the murder of Che Guevara

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We cannot be sure of having something to live for 
unless we are willing to die for it.- Ernesto Che Guevara

Hasta la victoria siempè! (Until victory always 
-- Struggle until victory forever!) - Ernesto Che Guevara

If you tremble indignation at every injustice 
then you are a comrade of mine. - Ernesto Che Guevara

Words that do not match deeds are unimportant. - Ernesto Che Guevara

Cruel leaders are replaced only to have new 
leaders turn cruel! - Ernesto Che Guevara

I know you've come to kill me. Shoot, coward, 
you're only going to kill a man. - Ernesto Che 
Guevara (just before he was shot and murdered)

Revolutionary

At the risk of seeming ridiculous, let me say 
that the true revolutionary is guided by a great 
feeling of love. It is impossible to think of a 
genuine revolutionary lacking this quality. - Ernesto Che Guevara

Our every action is a battle cry against 
imperialism, and a battle hymn for the people's 
unity against the great enemy of mankind: the 
United States of America. Wherever death may 
surprise us, let it be welcome, provided that 
this, our battle cry, may have reached some 
receptive ear, that another hand may be extended 
to wield our weapons, and that other men be ready 
to intone our funeral dirge with the staccato 
singing of the machine guns and new battle cries 
of war and victory. - Ernesto Che Guevara

We must carry the war into every corner the enemy 
happens to carry it: to his home, to his centers 
of entertainment; a total war. It is necessary to 
prevent him from having a moment of peace, a 
quiet moment outside his barracks or even inside; 
we must attack him wherever he may be, make him 
feel like a cornered beast wherever he may move. - Ernesto Che Guevara

Why does the guerrilla fighter fight? We must 
come to the inevitable conclusion that the 
guerrilla fighter is a social reformer, that he 
takes up arms responding to the angry protest of 
the people against their oppressors, and that he 
fights in order to change the social system that 
keeps all his unarmed brothers in ignominy and misery. - Ernesto Che Guevara

The guerrilla fighter needs full help from the 
people of the area. This is an indispensable condition. . - Ernesto Che Guevara

Philosophical

I am not interested in dry economic socialism. We 
are fighting against misery, but we are also 
fighting against alienation. One of the 
fundamental objectives of Marxism is to remove 
interest, the factor of individual interest, and 
gain, from people's psychological motivations. 
Marx was preoccupied both with economic factors 
and with their repercussions on the spirit. If 
communism isn't interested in this too, it may be 
a method of distributing goods, but it will never 
be a revolutionary way of life. - Ernesto Che Guevara

The amount of poverty and suffering required for 
the emergence of a Rockefeller, and the amount of 
depravity that the accumulation of a fortune of 
such magnitude entails, are left out of the 
picture, and it is not always possible to make 
the people in general see this. - Ernesto Che Guevara

The monopoly capitalists - even while employing 
purely empirical methods - weave around art a 
complicated web which converts it into a willing 
tool. The superstructure of society ordains the 
type of art in which the artist has to be 
educated. Rebels are subdued by its machinery and 
only rare talents may create their own work. The 
rest become shameless hacks or are crushed. - Ernesto Che Guevara

I am not a liberator. Liberators do not exist. 
The people liberate themselves. - Ernesto Che Guevara

Where a government has come into power through 
some form of popular vote, fraudulent or not, and 
maintains at least an appearance of 
constitutional legality, the guerrilla outbreak 
cannot be promoted, since the possibilities of 
peaceful struggle have not yet been exhausted. - Ernesto Che Guevara

We are doing everything possible to give labor 
this new status of social duty and to link it on 
the one side with the development of a technology 
which will create the conditions for greater 
freedom, and on the other side with voluntary 
work based on a Marxist appreciation of the fact 
that man truly reaches a full human condition 
when he produces without being driven by the 
physical need to sell his labor as a commodity. 
Man still needs to undergo a complete spiritual 
rebirth in his attitude towards his work, freed 
from the direct pressure of his social 
environment, though linked to it by his new 
habits. That will be communism. - Ernesto Che Guevara

There is no other definition of socialism valid 
for us than that of the abolition of the 
exploitation of man by man. - Ernesto Che Guevara

Internationalism

To die under the flag of Vietnam, of Venezuela, 
of Guatemala, of Laos, of Guinea, of Colombia, of 
Bolivia, of Brazil-to name only a few scenes of 
today's armed struggle-would be equally glorious 
and desirable for an American, an Asian, an 
African, even a European. - Ernesto Che Guevara

Each spilt drop of blood, in any country under 
whose flag one has not been born, is an 
experience passed on to those who survive, to be 
added later to the liberation struggle of his own 
country. And each nation liberated is a phase won 
in the battle for the liberation of one's own country. - Ernesto Che Guevara

There are no boundaries in this struggle to the 
death. We cannot be indifferent to what happens 
anywhere in the world, for a victory by any 
country over imperialism is our victory; just as 
any country's defeat is a defeat for all of us. - Ernesto Che Guevara

Each time a country is freed, we say, it is a 
defeat for the world imperialist system, but we 
must agree that real liberation or breaking away 
from the imperialist system is not achieved by 
the mere act of proclaiming independence or 
winning an armed victory in a revolution. Freedom 
is achieved when imperialist economic domination 
over a people is brought to an end. - Ernesto Che Guevara

The socialist countries have the moral duty of 
liquidating their tacit complicity with the 
exploiting countries of the West. - Ernesto Che Guevara

Arms cannot be regarded as merchandise in our 
world. They should be delivered to the peoples 
asking for them for use against the common enemy 
without any charge at all, and in quantities 
determined by the need and their availability. - Ernesto Che Guevara

United Nations

We should like to see this Assembly (UN) shake 
itself out of complacency and move forward. We 
should like to see the committees begin their 
work and not stop at the first confrontation. 
Imperialism wishes to convert this meeting into a 
pointless oratorical tournament, instead of 
solving the grave problems of the world. We must 
prevent their doing so. This Assembly should not 
be remembered in the future only by the number 
19, which identifies it. Our efforts are directed 
to prevent that. - Ernesto Che Guevara

Under the discredited flag of the United Nations, 
dozens of countries under the military leadership 
of the United States participated in this war 
with the massive intervention of U.S. soldiers 
and the use, as cannon fodder, of the South 
Korean population that was enrolled. - Ernesto Che Guevara

Imperialism and Neo-colonialism

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 
all of us. - Ernesto Che Guevara

As long as imperialism exists, it will, by 
definition, exert its domination over other 
countries. Today that domination is called 
neocolonialism. - Ernesto Che Guevara

The slogan "We will not allow another Cuba" hides 
the possibility of perpetrating aggressions 
without fear of reprisal, such as the one carried 
out against the Dominican Republic or before that 
the massacre in Panama-and the clear warning 
stating that Yankee troops are ready to intervene 
anywhere in America where the ruling regime may 
be altered, thus endangering their interests. - Ernesto Che Guevara

We must bear in mind that imperialism is a world 
system, the last stage of capitalism-and it must 
be defeated in a world confrontation. The 
strategic end of this struggle should be the 
destruction of imperialism. Our share, the 
responsibility of the exploited and 
underdeveloped of the world, is to eliminate the 
foundations of imperialism: our oppressed 
nations, from where they extract capital, raw 
materials, technicians, and cheap labor, and to 
which they export new capital-instruments of 
domination-arms and all kinds of articles, thus 
submerging us in an absolute dependence. - Ernesto Che Guevara

While envisaging the destruction of imperialism, 
it is necessary to identify its head, which is no 
other than the United States of America. - Ernesto Che Guevara




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