Madison Protesters and Che Guevara

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A union protestor in Madison Wisconsin was caught on camera saying he wants to vote for Fidel Castro and clone Che Guevara.

Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine (who calls Che Guevara as his honorary “fifth band member”) was in Madison last week denouncing Gov. Scott Walker as “the Mubarak of the Midwest.”

The union members cursed by fate to live under the regime co-founded by Che Guevara might like a word with these protesters. Don’t look for this on NPR or The History Channel, much less in your college textbooks, but among the first, the most militant, and the most widespread opposition groups to the Stalinism Che Guevara and Fidel Castro imposed on Cuba came from Cuban labor organizations.

And who can blame them? Here’s a UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) report on Cuba circa 1957: “One feature of the Cuban social structure is a large middle class,” it starts. “Cuban workers are more unionized (proportional to the population) than U.S. workers. The average wage for an 8-hour day in Cuba in 1957 is higher than for workers in Belgium, Denmark, France and Germany. Cuban labor receives 66.6 per cent of gross national income. In the U.S. the figure is 70 per cent, in Switzerland 64 per cent. 44 per cent of Cubans are covered by Social legislation, a higher percentage than in the U.S.”

In 1958, Cuba had a higher per capita income than Austria or Japan and Cuban industrial workers earned had the eighth-highest wages in the world. In the 1950s, Cuban stevedores earned more per hour than their counterparts in New Orleans and San Francisco.

Then in a TV speech on June 26, 1961, when Che Guevara was Cuba’s “Minister of Industries,” he proclaimed: “The Cuban workers have to adjust to a collectivist social order–and by no means can they go on strike!”

And why should they?  After all, at Soviet gunpoint, all of Cuba’s unions had become departments of the Stalinist regime, hence owned “by the people”—hence “public.”

This “no strike” provision was unacceptable to Cuban laborers.  Thousands of these took up arms against Che Guevara. The MRP (Movimiento Revolucionario del Pueblo) was among these Cuban resistance groups of mostly laborers. But don’t take it from me. Here’s how the FBI and CIA described them: “Heavily weighted labor membership, with socialistic leanings. Aimed for Castro overthrow from within; advocated nationalization of economy, agrarian reform, utopian social reforms.”

Cuba’s enraged campesinos also rose in arms by the thousands when Castro and Che started stealing their land to build Soviet Kolkhozes. Alarmed by the insurgency, Castro and Che sent a special emissary named Flavio Bravo to Khruschev.  “We are on a crusade against kulaks like you were in 1930,” pleaded this old –line Cuban Communist party member.

In short order, Soviet agricultural and military “advisors,” still flush from their success against their own campesinos in the Ukrainian Holocaust were rushed to Cuba.

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  • Amused

    You're over the top again Fontova . You're making a ridiculous comparison .

  • GKC


    "You're over the top again Fontova . You're making a ridiculous comparison . "

    Cd. you flesh this out a little?

  • Tony

    This guy is still making up stuff.

  • ydroustan

    A union protestor in Madison Wisconsin was caught on camera saying he wants to vote for Fidel Castro and clone Che Guevara. I hope he was not one of the teachers of my children. I am considering private school or home school. The following Spanish saying is appropriate: " Alabancia propia, mierda segura". "Self-praise is s***" I say to all those protesters: "A los pen****jos ni Dios los quiere" "Even God doesn't love an a******e"

  • Phillip Galey

    I, . . . u-u-h-h-h, . . . could a'been a great piece, but, . . . wow, . . . almost a cliff-hanger, . . . and then, . . . bam! What a let down!
    Yeah, just tie it up a little more, maybe two of ya' work on it, . . . because there definitely is a plain connection between Che and the Wisconsin state sponsored union for governmental workers.

    If it's all about who gets to levy the taxes and live without working, why then, of his years of mingling with the poor and desperate workers, and of his own physical strength and endurance, and persuaded of his own driving personality, intuitively, Che recognized a place for himself and his kind as the Soviets and the Hammurabi type overlords have always done; and, Che recognized that, the offending corporate impulse—the stockholders—were thousands of miles away, with relatively ineffective local governments standing between him and the unlearned and otherwise weak Obreros.

    But the thread which runs so crookedly, binding Che with the service workers union international types, are two things: 1) whether to a man, or simply categorically, however they might, they deny the idea of benevolent goodness appearing in a person having a name; and secondly, as was—yet remaining—in Cuba, or of Lenin and Trotksy and Stalin, when once they achieve, . . . "It's all for me.".

    And why these two things? Well, it's like the turtle and the scorpion—"That's my nature.", . . .

    • Phillip Galey

      In Cuba, or of Lenin and Trotksy and Stalin in Russia, or as in Burma or, wherever else the thing is put into effect, when once they achieve, . . . "It's all for me.", because in that is the nature of a beast, . . .

  • Rifleman

    I've always despised rage against the machine, and it figures the whiney poser fronting them is a che fan.

    • Justin Stegman

      whiney poser? i suppose you're the real deal then..

  • pennswoods

    Mr Fontova. Thank you once again for telling the facts about Cuba and Communism and for exsposing that cowardly Che. My mother left Czechoslovakia in 1946 after the USSR Red Army occupation. She saw the writing on the wall and it was written by Marx, Engels, and Lenin. Two years later, after the Communists formally took over Czechoslovakia in February 1948, her family found out the real meaning of Communism. The Communists ruined the Czech economy within a year, it was the 9th most prosperous nation in the world in 1939, and turned that once free nation into another Stalinist prison camp. I remember as a boy my mother feeling so very sorry for the people of Cuba after the 1959 Cuban Revolution when Castro showed his true colors which were red, and Cuba became an ally of the USSR. What I see in Wisconsin, and spreading, is the organized beginning of the end of the USA by the far left if we the people don't wake up.

  • Amused

    What a croc! Wake up ?? You're in the throws of delerium man . First off anyone protesting the action of the State in Castro's Cuba or Lenins Soviet Union would be thrown in jail or shot . This comparison is absolutely brainless ,not to mention, based in utter contemptable partisanship …and you guys know it . Everything that doesn't agree with your particular brand of FUNDAMENTALIST CONSERVATISM is a "leftist bent on enslaving the world " . You all sound like a bunch of paranoid 5th graders creating imaginary scenarios and making these absurd predictions . Let me ask you this ….did anyone feel sorry for the Cuban people under Batista ? Did you know that he killed more Cubans than Castro ? Brought more misery ? I dont like Castro OR Communism , NOR do I like "freindly Dictators " .

  • Amused

    And what I find as UNBELIEVABLE HYPOCRISY is THIS:

    Upto 80% off most popular Che items T-shirts, hats, collectibles on NOW

    LOL…..HAWKING CHE T-SHIRTS , not just on this website , but beneath the very article written by Fontova !

    UNFU$%&NG BELIEVABLE !! This is beyond absurd it's bazzar !

  • Speedy

    So Walker and the Kochs should be wearing the Che t-shirts. Alrighty then.

  • Amused

    LOLO….FEEL THE HYPOCRISY . HA HA HA ….in your face Humberto !! Speedy , you're not so speedy up top chum ….it says nothing about Kochs and Walker but everything about a website that rails against communist , marxists ,and the idiots in this country who actually wear Che T-shirts , AND THEN TAKES MONEY FROM A WEB STORE ,AND ADVERTISES THEIR GOODS .
    ….but I guess you missed that huh Speedy ? A bit "over your head huh pal ? LOLOLOL

  • Amused

    LOL>…atleast somebody had the sense to remove that add .