Masters Of War

Come you masters of war You that build all the guns You that build the death planes You that build all the bombs You that hide behind walls You that hide behind desks I just want you to know I can see through your masks. You that never done nothin' But build to destroy You play with my world Like it's your little toy You put a gun in my hand And you hide from my eyes And you turn and run farther When the fast bullets fly. Like Judas of old You lie and deceive A world war can be won You want me to believe But I see through your eyes And I see through your brain Like I see through the water That runs down my drain. You fasten all the triggers For the others to fire Then you set back and watch When the death count gets higher You hide in your mansion' As young people's blood Flows out of their bodies And is buried in the mud. You've thrown the worst fear That can ever be hurled Fear to bring children Into the world For threatening my baby Unborn and unnamed You ain't worth the blood That runs in your veins. How much do I know To talk out of turn You might say that I'm young You might say I'm unlearned But there's one thing I know Though I'm younger than you That even Jesus would never Forgive what you do. Let me ask you one question Is your money that good Will it buy you forgiveness Do you think that it could I think you will find When your death takes its toll All the money you made Will never buy back your soul. And I hope that you die And your death'll come soon I will follow your casket In the pale afternoon And I'll watch while you're lowered Down to your deathbed And I'll stand over your grave 'Til I'm sure that you're dead.------- Bob Dylan 1963

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Che Guevara’s Foquismo in Theory and Praxis By Grant Forssberg

Che Guevara’s Foquismo in Theory and Praxis | The History Roll

........................As the intellectual spokesman for socialist revolution in Latin America during the late 1950s and 1960s, guerilla fighter and veteran of the Cuban revolution, Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara, contributed from his experiences a unique set of interpretations of ‘objective’ and ‘subjective’ revolutionary conditions which he proposed for application in various Latin American contexts
His eclectic, pragmatic form of Marxism gained institutional adoption in Cuba during the 1960s and inspired revolutionaries continent-wide, some of whom he would personally lead on subsequent revolutionary campaigns in the Congo and Bolivia. The ‘Guevaran line’ also, however, drew vocal criticism from many in the so-called Latin American New Left and the ‘Old Line’ Communist Party of the Soviet Union.[1] Che’s vehement assertion of the primacy of guerilla focos, or concentrated cadres of revolutionaries—from which the descriptive term foquismo, or foco theory derived—in the revolutionary struggle neglected a range of more traditional, Marxist revolutionary outlets: mass organization, labor conflict, general strikes, among other civil alternatives.[2]  Moreover, Che proposed immediate armed insurrection as the preferred method of engendering revolutionary consciousness (again, the root of foqismo-a focal point, or focalism) in contrast to the gradualism espoused by many Marxists. Foquismo’s situation of the guerilla as revolutionary vanguard solicited structural questions about Guevara’s distinction between political and military revolutionary leadership, and the exact role and location of the foco within the larger class struggle, leading some Marxists to discount it as unsophisticated and simplistic.[3].................................READ MORE

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