Resurrection of Ernesto Che Guevara
Incidentally, there has been as many know a resurgence of interest in Che recently, and in envisioning the socialist alternative. I am reading the book by Helen Yaffe, "Che Guevara: the Economics of Revolution," 2009 Palgrave-MacMillan,an attempt to go beyond the interpretive bias even among especially Soviet-oriented Marxist scholars about mismanagement under Che. From the archives she portrays in detail the work of a different Che from the romanticized, popularized iconic figure, a man inspired by the ideas of Marx and well-versed in the classics of Marxism, and of his contributions to industrial organization, economic management and socialist "political economy" as the president of the Bank of Cuba and minister and economic manager of the Cuban revolutionary project. His mission was to reconstruct and re-shape the mono-crop US-dominated Cuban economy from the crisis-prone wreckage and gross inequality left by Batista and to traverse uncharted ground toward a Socialism rejecting the dogmatism of Stalinism being imported by Soviet advisors.
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